Saturday, October 6, 2007

Waynesboro siblings share success in different sports

Waynesboro siblings Devon Brown and Steven Brown share success in different sports


He has a name. And it's not Devon's little brother. It's Steven Brown. The Waynesboro Little Giants' 223-pound bruising junior tailback is indeed the younger brother of senior Devon Brown, a three-time all-state basketball star. She's also the all-time leading scorer in Lady Giants' history.

"They still call me Devon's little brother," said Steven, a junior who excels at wrestling and baseball for the Little Giants. "I'm like, 'I have a name.'"

Steven and Devon are extremely close, so he doesn't mind the constant references to his sister. However, he's using his play on the football field to make a name for himself.

His rugged north-south running style fits perfectly into first-year Little Giants' coach Steve Isaacs' single wing offense.

"He runs downhill, not laterally," Isaacs said. "His shoulders are pointed towards the goal."

It didn't take Brown long to make an impression on his new coach. On the first offensive play of the Little Giants' first scrimmage, the junior tailback took off 70 yards for a touchdown.

"That was the first time I saw him against other competition," Isaacs said. "As big as he is, he's running away from defensive backs. You just shake your head and say, 'Gee!'"

Steven's size gives him an added dimension. At 5-foot-10, he weighs more than 200 pounds. And he knows how to use it. The big tailback would rather run through a defender than past a defender.

"I want to make 'em pay," Steven said. "My dad always told me, 'Don't do that juke and jive.' Just run through 'em."

On one memorable play against Turner Ashby, Brown seemed to be dragging three-fourths of the Knights' defense while running the ball.

"If you wanted a videotape to show a running back how to run, you would probably use that tape," Isaacs said. "He had his shoulders down, good balance and his feet moving."

More than just a running threat, Brown is a dangerous passer as well. Against Rockbridge last Friday, Brown connected with Clyde Brown for a 49-yard touchdown pass.

Although he's built more like former Steelers great Jerome Bettis, Brown patterns himself after current San Diego Charger LaDanian Tomlinson.

"That was like LT.," Brown said, flashing a smile as he talked about his pass. "That felt good. I love LT. He's a beast."

No one's happier with Brown's success than Devon. There's obviously more sibling support than sibling rivalry in their relationship.

"We get along well," said Devon, who plans to make a shirt showing her support for her brother for Waynesboro's homecoming next week. "I'll throw football with him in the yard, and he'll play basketball with me."

Devon usually ekes out wins in the basketball games, but she rarely beats her brother in video games.

With her sibling being a muscular 223 pounds, Devon finds the fact that people call Steven her "little brother" amusing.

"I laugh when people say he's my little brother," Brown said. "He's a lot bigger."

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