INDIANAPOLIS | For the last four years, coaches, fans and, of course, pun-hungry headline writers borrowed from UPS and asked “What can Brown do for you?”
When it came to Griffith standout Austin Brown, the answers were seemingly infinite.
On Friday night at the 47th Indiana Football Coaches Association North-South All-Star Game at Indianapolis North Central, not much changed.
Brown played both ways and had perhaps the finest night among the dozen Northwest Indiana players for the North as it fell 27-6 to the South in a game lacking razzle and devoid of dazzle.
"We set it up by running the ball a lot, but we just couldn’t make it happen," Brown said after the game.
"The South really played well."
The South, which won its third straight, leads the all-time series 26-21.
The North was held to a single touchdown for the third consecutive year.
Brown was named to the team as a quarterback but only ran a handful of plays in the Wildcat formation. He carried four consecutive times for 22 yards and led the North in yards per carry. His carries all came on the only touchdown drive for the North, which trailed only 7-0 while embarking on the drive.
The Wabash-bound Brown met briefly with his future coaches after the game, and they assured him they are eager to coach him.
Brown started at free safety and made two tackles.
“They were holding blocks really well with some powerful running backs, and sometimes I had to step up,” Brown said. “We wanted to succeed, but we kept having trouble.”
Offensive struggles marred the North effort, but the South didn’t truly take command until game MVP Aaron Daniel (Charlestown) scampered from the quarterback spot for two touchdowns in the final 17 minutes.
The Indiana University recruit had 60 yards and two scores on the ground and 57 yards and a touchdown through the air.
With the South offense far from dominant in the first three quarters, local defensive linemen Quentin Lacey-Blackwell (Merrillville) and Ronald Scott (Morton) were in on numerous tackles-for-loss. West Side linebacker Torre Hopson tied for the team lead with five total tackles.
"I think I did a pretty good job,” Lacey-Blackwell said. “I did my best and didn’t slack. I left it all out there against Indiana's best."
Lacey-Blackwell had C-gap responsibility for the majority of the night, and once he began filling that role, he found himself on the wrong side of double-teams and watched as the ball went to the other side of the line away from his attack.
Lacey-Blackwell had three solo tackles, including two for loss.
“I basically just played hard, because I was representing for a lot of people,” Lacey-Blackwell said.