Gateway came out with a great gameplan in a 28-7 win over Bishop McDevitt on Sunday night. The plan was to draw defensive end Noah Spence and outside linebacker Brock Dean outside, then run up the middle. Though Dean finished with six tackles, and obviously upset with the loss, he knows it's also too early to hit any kind of panic button.
"The way I'm looking at it, is that last year we made it to the state championship game and lost by one point with two early season losses," Dean said. "We can handle it two ways. We can act like babies and put our heads down, or we can move on, make the changes we need to make, start making less mistakes and come out with a win in week two. We'll go on from there. That's what we're going to do."
A big part of that will be the leadership that he and Spence can provide.
"We have the leadership that's necessary," Dean added. "We just need to put all the pieces together. It was an emotional game for Gateway; well deserved, a well-deserved win."
Dean did have a chance to get down for his future team Maryland's 32-24 win over Miami on Monday night. It's the first of what he hopes will be several trips to College Park this fall to watch them play. Talk of Maryland's uniforms was a hot topic on various social media outlets throughout the game. He himself is a big fan of the uniforms, including the ones worn Monday that paid homage to the official Maryland state symbol. He wouldn't mind seeing his favorite of the many uniform combinations in the next game.
"All black," Dean said. "I like the all-black uniforms."
Though he's been committed to the Terps for almost three months, he said he still hears from head coach Randy Edsall and defensive line coach Greg Gattuso—his chief recruiter—pretty frequently.
"I talked to Coach Gattuso and Coach Edsall this weekend, since I was going down for the game against Miami," Dean said. "I'm real excited for their season. I'm excited to get down there this fall, but I have a lot of high school left, and I want to win a state championship first."