Brown Leads Dominating Defense

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- The season finale between conference rivals Richmond Senior and Jack Britt lived up to all the pre-game hype. Although Richmond walked away with a 17-6 victory, Britt led for more than three quarters.

While the offensive explosion in the fourth quarter provided Richmond the points necessary for the win, the defense led by defensive lineman Tavares Brown, kept a potent Britt offense out of the end zone the entire night.

"The last couple of weeks our offense has been starting off slow and we've been able to help them out by stopping the opponents from scoring," said Brown. "We really weren't sweating it; we're used to playing good defense and stepping it up a notch."

Brown, a 6-foot 250-pound lineman, contributed 12 tackles (seven solo) including a sack. His season totals increased to 96 tackles (62 solo) and six sacks.

Heading into Friday's contest, Brown felt a little lighter as the burden of his recruitment was lifted with his verbal commitment to North Carolina earlier in the week. Brown was toying with the idea of committing for some time now, but decided to finally pull the trigger to avoid distractions during the playoffs.

"Coming into the playoffs I didn't want [recruiting] to be a distraction so I just wanted to go ahead and shut it down," said Brown. "I called up Coach [John] Bunting and the rest of the staff and told them I wanted to verbally commit."

For the most part, Brown's decision came down to archrivals UNC and N.C. State. Job security and a sense of comfort ultimately gave the Tar Heels the edge.

"From what I was hearing Coach [Chuck] Amato wasn't going to be there," said Brown. "I didn't want to go there as a freshman and have a new staff in there.

"Coach Bunting was up front telling me how it is. Plus he [Bunting] came down and actually visited me, but Coach Amato didn't."

Richmond opens the NCHSAA 4AA playoffs with a number one seed and host East Burke this Friday. Richmond ended the regular season with a 11-0 record.

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