Valley Christian vet anticipates final year

De'Mar Brown

There’s a ton of experience on Valley Christian’s offensive and defensive lines.

De’Mar Brown stands out as being one of the best linemen for his team, and he enjoys being a part of one of the Eagles’ strongest position groups.

Brown feels that versatility is key to the line’s success, offensively and defensively.

“Personally, I believe it’s just because of the strength and the chemistry that we have together as teammates, and we also pretty much have speed, like linemen need,” he said. “I just feel like because of the strength, speed, and chemistry we just have a good bond. We’re able to always go 100 percent without really having to think about it too much.”

He also understands the hard work needed to play varsity football, as he worked up the ladder during his four years.

“Now that I really think about it, it started in my freshman year. I was mainly just a practice player, just to help the starters get better, and sophomore year things started to change, and started to go uphill.

“I started to get a little bit more playing time, then my junior year is really when everything kicked in, and I became a permanent offensive starter. I really look forward to having a better season than I did in my junior year. Since this is now my senior year, I just feel like this season is going to be a lot more fun than the other seasons.”

Embracing a leadership role is something else that Brown is looking forward to this fall.

“I’m going to just try to help everyone feel better, like if they get a bad play, you know, don’t discourage them, encourage them. Like, you got it next play, just try again, go 100 percent and just see where it goes from there.”

The Eagles are coming off a 5-5 regular season, which saw them make the playoffs for the second consecutive season. A first-round loss to Ashland Mapleton cut their season short in the first round of the postseason.

For Brown, making it deeper into the playoffs is the only thing on his mind.

“Our goal is to have a better record than last season and to get past the first round of playoffs, and just to have a better season overall as a player.

“I feel like as a team, we really just have to be together, and stick together and every game just go 100 percent,” he said.

Brown’s favorite football memory heading into his senior season?

“My favorite game was probably the game against Garfield (in 2018), which I believe that was the game of the week, that game was just mad fun,” he said. “I got to experience what it’s like to have cameras and stuff on the field and have family members just watch you at home.

“It just really inspired me to really go for my goals to be an NFL player.”