'12 Brownwood LB ready to resume action

Brownwood High School is 6-0 and stands alone at the top of the Class 3A rankings in Texas. Junior LB Ethan Horton (right in picture) accompanied senior teammate Derek Longoria to SMU football camp over the summer and made a good showing in front of the Mustangs' staff. Find out how the season is progressing for Horton here.

If you said that the Brownwood Lions have been playing great football this year, then you might be understating the facts. The 3A team has simply been crushing the competition, scoring at least 37 points in every game and crossing the 54-point threshold four times.

The Lions aren't merely an offensive juggernaut, however. Led by safety Derek Longoria (SMU commit), cornerback Kevin Vaccaro, and linebacker Ethan Horton, Brownwood is yielding a stingy 13 points per game, with the vast majority of those points coming in the second half versus the reserves.

Last summer, Longoria - the senior SMU commit - brought his two junior understudies, Vacarro and Horton, to SMU football camp and PonyStampede.com spoke with Horton to get the latest info on his season.

"I blocked a punt and made some tackles in the first game (56-19 win over Gatesville)," said Horton. "I only played the first half because we got such a big lead.

"I haven't played since the second game. I injured my arm and had a plate inserted in it, but I'm already returning this week. I've been rehabbing it and I'll play with a cast for awhile. This week, the coaches are going to ease me back in on spot plays, but I'll be back full tilt the following week."

How has Horton, a transfer from Early High School, enjoyed suiting up for Brownwood and which schools are showing him interest?

"It's the best," he said, "playing with guys like this. There's athletes all over the field for us. You go against Division I players every day in practice.

"The SMU coaches told Derek than Kevin and I have a good chance to get an offer if we have good junior seasons. Lately, I've been hearing from Oklahoma State more than anyone else."

This week, Brownwood faces 4-2 Big Spring.

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