Brown carries PC to big victory

Name: Derek Brown

School: Penn Cambria

Age: 17

Grade: Senior

Sport: Football

Athlete of the week achievement: Brown carried the ball 38 times for 262 yards and two touchdowns in Penn Cambria’s 25-0 victory over Somerset.

Season update: Brown has 924 yards rushing on 177 carries for the 4-4 Panthers. He has scored 10 touchdowns.

Coach John Franco’s quote: “Derek is a classic power runner who would rather run over you than run by you. He brings his tough ‘wrestling mentality’ to our entire team.”

Favorite teacher: Todd Niebauer

Favorite subject: Math

Favorite movie: “Division III: Football’s Finest”

Favorite food: Chinese

Favorite music: Country

Outside interests: Hunting, fishing, wrestling, track and field

Favorite professional team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Favorite college team: Penn State

Athlete most admired: David Taylor

Best athlete I ever competed against: Ligonier Valley’s Robert Patrick

Most influential person on my athletic career: My family (parents Tom and Lisa, sister Taylor)

Proudest athletic achievement: Placing sixth at states last year in wrestling

How I got my start in football: “I was just a very active kid, and a lot of my older cousins played football in the yard with me.”

Future goal: Get a good job and live out in the middle of nowhere

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