Brown, Brownlee Back On Field
From inside the press box, the Stillwater coaches yelled for Jordan Brown to accelerate.
On the field, Brown couldn't hear them. He fielded a kickoff and waited. A pathway opened up for him, and he sprinted down the
right sideline 89 yards for Stillwater's first score Friday night at Pioneer Stadium.
"[Teammate] Christian Bahl, he told me the sideline would be open, so I trusted him and listened to him about that and the
sideline was open and I saw green grass and scored," Brown said.
Although the Pioneers lost to the Mustang Broncos 41-14, Brown provided a bright spot.
A wide receiver who has committed to Tulsa, Brown finished with three receptions for 67 yards in addition to his kickoff return. It
was his first game back after sitting out the season opener because of a suspension.
"He was really good at times," Stillwater coach Tucker Barnard said. "He's a little hampered right now. He's been banged up. But
he made a couple of really nice catches. That's a great kickoff return. He's not in game shape. I think we saw. He's going to need
to be able to play a little more defense. But he's a good player for sure."
Brown's presence allowed for the Pioneers' passing game to improve since last week. Brown helped the Pioneers to gain 99
"Obviously he gives us more options there," Barnard said. "Some of those other guys that struggled making catches last week,
they've got a little better opportunity to make catches."
Brown wasn't the only player for the Pioneers making his debut Friday.
Jace Brownlee also played his first game, and was one of three quarterbacks Stillwater used. Brownlee passed for 59 yards, but
most of his yardage came on the ground. He rushed for 55 yards and broke free for a couple of big runs, including a 27-yard
"He did some good things," Barnard said. "He threw some balls that really got away from him there, but you could see some of
his ability to run the football. He's going to be a weapon there. He can throw the ball, too. It was probably some jitters working in
his system tonight. If he gets that settled down, he'll be fine."
For both players, being back Friday night was thrilling.
"Even though we took a big loss, it was just fun to be back on the field," Brownlee said. "I love football."
9-16-15 by Chander Vessels