Despite small size, Clark Brown is playing 'big' for Mountain View football

Despite small size, Clark Brown is playing 'big' for Mountain View football


Despite small size, Clark Brown is playing 'big' for Mountain View football


Mountain View junior receiver Clark Brown is listed on the roster at 145 pounds. He says that’s wrong. He is actually 150, he says.

Since season’s start, “I gained five pounds,” he said with a grin.

Brown also gained the respect of his peers and the opposition after putting up big numbers in the season’s first six games, helping to make Mountain View football relevant again.

The 5-foot-10 Brown leads the Toros (4-2) into Friday’s Brown Road showdown with Red Mountain (5-1) with a team-best 34 catches for 591 yards and seven touchdowns. Last week, when Mountain View stunned previously unbeaten Phoenix Pinnacle 43-31, Brown returned two punts for touchdowns and scored on a 45-yard catch-and-run.

“He’s done a terrific job,” second-year coach Chad DeGrenier said. “He’s very quick. Great speed. He’s very strong. He’s a warrior.”

Off the field, Brown is quiet and unassuming. In a crowd, he blends in. He looks more like a freshman than a junior. But he plays big on the field.

With Brown rolling, and Mountain View making good use of juniors John Clark and Chase Funk at quarterback, there is a new attitude. The Toros believe. Just like it says on the flier that is attached to every locker in the Mountain View football room.

The flyer reads: “I am a great man!!! And I don’t take crap from no one! I believe!”

Brown believes he can compensate for a lack of size with speed, instincts and savvy. He got himself faster running on the track team in the spring.

“You can tell now, even since the (Scottsdale) Desert Mountain game, that we finish better,” Brown said.

Since starting the season with back-to-back losses to Desert Mountain and Desert Ridge, Mountain View has won four in row with Brown catching at least one touchdown pass in each of those games. He had three receiving TDs in a 53-14 victory over Glendale Mountain Ridge. He caught eight passes for 195 yards in that game.

But Brown has help.

Junior Robbie Milward has 22 catches for 326 yards. Senior running back Weston Birtchter has carried 62 times for 444 yards and eight TDs. Birtchter also is averaging 10 tackles playing linebacker.

“I like the team concept,” Brown said. “I don’t like to stand out.

“I think it’s well-balanced. It’s not just one person doing it all.”

Brown said he is comfortable catching passes from both Clark and Funk. Clark has taken the majority of the snaps since the season opener. He is 80 of 138 for 1,222 yards and 12 TDs with Funk 27 of 51 for 318 yards and three TDs. Funk mostly is used at H-back now. He has rushed for 172 yards and caught 10 passes for 82 yards.

“I think the weakness of one is the strength of the other,” Brown said. “They feed off each other, play off each other.”

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