Football: River View's Brown is a Jack of all trades

October 3, 2013 

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After losing the starting quarterback job last year, River View High School’s Terran Brown has stepped up to excel at several roles, including wide receiver, defensive back and a kickoff and punt returner. This season, he’s returned two punts and an interception for touchdowns. Brown, who runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, has improved his speed from last year, when he ran the 100-meter dash in 11.6 seconds.

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River View’s Terran Brown has only been returning punts for four games now, but with the success he is having you’d think he’d been doing it his whole life.

The speedy Jack of all trades already has opposing teams kicking away from him in an effort to keep him from taking it to the house on them.

“I take a peek, see where everyone is at, catch it and just go,” Brown said. “It is a lot of fun. And when you got good blockers it is fun, because you get touchdowns.”

Brown returned two punts for scores against Kiona-Benton as well as an interception for a score in that game. In another game, he had three receiving touchdowns and to top it off, he started at quarterback in another game and threw for three scores and ran one in.

“He’s very versatile, a dynamic athlete,” River View coach Brett Jay said. “We knew he could receive the ball and that part of his game — the return game we are very impressed with. He finds lanes. He is making a lot of those plays on athleticism.”

Brown leads his No. 4-ranked Panthers into an SCAC East showdown against visiting No. 7 Royal at 7 p.m. tonight in a rematch of last season’s Class 1A state semifinal matchup. Royal won that game 31-28 before falling in the state title game 43-28 to Montesano.

“We haven’t beaten them in like 19 years,” Brown said. “I take a lot of motivation (from the semifinal loss). This team is motivated to get back to that point and go farther and win a state championship.”

Brown’s ability to play all over the field will be a key in the Panthers’ chances to beat Royal today and to make a run in the playoffs later this fall.

He split time at quarterback as a sophomore before switching to wide receiver as a junior, giving way to Ruvim Tyutyunnik.

Brown had 650 yards receiving a year ago, playing in a loaded offense that was the only team to play Royal close to that point of the season.

In the offseason, he worked on getting faster. He does speed training throughout the year and ran an 11.6 100-meter dash in track and field in the spring. He has a 4.6 40 time and hopes to get that number lower.

It is all paying off so far this season, as River View is undefeated and he has nine touchdowns.

“He’s dedicated to his work in the offseason,” teammate Cody Hand said. “He listens to the coaches and takes their advice, and is really coachable.”

That is not lost on Jay, who said he enjoys watching Brown compete.

“He is as gutty as it gets,” Jay said. “He is just one of those kids that people rally around and there is never a big enough situation for him.”

Brown hopes to put Jay’s praise to the test, with a trip to the Tacoma Dome in his sights.

“It is my motivation,” Brown said of last year’s playoff loss. “That is not going to happen again. I don’t ever want to lose in the semifinals again. I don’t ever want to be that close to my goal and fall short.”

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