Courtesy DAVID FISHER
Tre Brown is back in action for Union after sitting out three games.
He was happy to be back, having returned to action in the Redskins’ rout of Moore on Oct. 7.
“It felt really good to be back with my teammates and help out putting points on the board and stop offenses. It felt pretty good. I was excited,” Brown says.
One of the top defensive backs in the state, Brown (5-10, 168) said his speed and smart thinking are his best attributes as an athlete.
“You have to think to play defensive back,” he explains. “I give it up to big planning ahead for the game. Planning ahead for the game is what gives me hope.”
Brown, who has committed to play at OU, also plays as a receiver. He scored two touchdowns for Union against Broken Arrow on Sept. 2, catapulting his team to a 42-7 win against the Tigers.
He considers that performance his most memorable so far this year.
“It was really good to have back-to-back (TDs). I’ve never really had a game like that. So having two touchdowns on two catches is really big.
Brown incurred some injuries against Broken Arrow, but still saw some playing time the next week against Jenks, although his time was limited, he did catch one TD reception in that game.
After a bye week, he sat out games against Edmond North and Owasso before returning for the Moore game.
Brown has the privilege of playing in the Under Armour All-American Football game on Jan. 1 in Orlando, Florida.
“It’s a blessing,” Brown says. “Without my teammates and coaches none of that would be possible, and it feels good that I get to compete with my future teammates.”
Yes, there will be some future Sooners in the game.
“I feel really good, but I also can’t get complacent at all. I’m going to keep working,” he says.
Brown is among the most feared cornerbacks in 6AI. Opponents have been refraining from throwing his way.
“I don’t get really any targets,” Brown says. “When no one (opposing quarterbacks) throws you (to wide receivers Brown goes one-on-one against) the ball, then you’ve had a perfect game. When no one really throws my way, I felt I’ve done a really job on defense as a whole.”
He also enjoys impacting both sides.
“Either way, I’m going to get the job done,” Brown says. “On offense, I like using my speed and running forward. When I get in front of you, it’s kind of hard to catch me. On defense, I love making plays, open-field tackles. I love doing it all.”
Brown speaks highly of teammates who thrived with the Redskins as well: particularly, of running back Shamari Brooks, a University of Tulsa commit, who has gone over the 2,000-yard mark.
“I grew up with Shamari. I’ve always known he had it in him. He’s an excellent player. He’s like my best friend; not only my best friend, but that’s my brother. I’m just as excited for his career as I am for mine. But you got to give thanks to the O-line as well. They’re doing a good job. It’s not just Shamari.”
Then there is the adaptation to quarterback for Grady Davenport, who passes to Brown and other Redskin receivers. “For this being Grady’s first time, he is such an amazing player. He is a good role model, a good leader, and he is just lighting up on the field.”
Looking back to the annual Backyard Bowl game against Jenks, Brown believes everyone was at fault in the Redskins’ 35-28 loss to the Trojans in early September.
“We walked in, figured it was going to be easy,” Brown says. “What really hurts us is we didn’t play as hard as we could have played. We should have played better and that really hurt us. We really weren’t executing as well as we should like we were in the previous games. That really hurt us.
“There is no doubt in my mind that I see us getting another shot at Jenks,” Brown says. “Hopefully, it comes down to us winning. We just got to play our parts and give our heart out.”
However, the Redskins will need to keep winning to possibly see that rematch. They were dealt their second loss of the season, a 30-27 setback to Norman North on Oct. 14. The Timberwolves remained unbeaten (7-0 overall, 4-0 in District 6AI-2) while Union (5-3, 3-1) got its second loss. The Redskins are now in position to finish second unless Norman North loses twice.
As of this writing, Union has games at Southmoore and at home against Putnam City North and a road battle with Mustang left. None are expected to be easy.