One last game for Bears QB

One last game for Bears QB


One last game for Bears QB


McKinley Brown may need some time to get accustomed to the inactivity.

But the quarterback who laid waste to Pisgah’s record book in his final high school football season will slowly morph into an observer.

After all, the sidelines are where Brown has chosen to be.

The reigning Western North Carolina Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year is one of two quarterbacks for the West in Wednesday night’s East-West All-Star game in Greensboro.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. from Greensboro Grimsley.

The annual exhibition between recently-graduated seniors from throughout the state could be Brown’s final competitive game under center. He is continuing his education at Clemson University and plans to be a team manager for the Tigers in the fall. Brown anticipates majoring in law at the ACC school.

“It’s honestly just an honor to be down here with so many high-level guys. These are the best people in the west,” Brown said.

“I couldn’t have done anything at Pisgah without my teammates, and it’s a blessing that one of them (former Pisgah wide receiver Hunter Wike) is down here, too.”

Brown was originally an alternate for the East-West game, but will now share snaps with Forestview’s Logan Bradley. Brown said earlier this week that the coaching staff had not given an indication as to who would start.

Brown was also a Citizen-Times all-WNC selection in 2013 who threw for an area-best 3,068 yards and 36 touchdowns with five interceptions. Brown set a WNC record for single-game touchdown passes (eight) during a 59-0 shutout of Brevard in November.

Second-year Pisgah coach Brett Chappell is an assistant for the West team who has been focused primarily on defense.

“I’m just thankful that I get to see (Brown) do it one more time,” Chappell said.

“Another coach told me this week that he’s got the ‘it factor.’ He has that charisma you like to see out of a quarterback and a leader. And he has shown it down here. Hopefully, McKinley will get out there, play well and give us a chance to win a ballgame.”

Wike (East Tennessee State) and Asheville High defensive back Jalyn Folston (East Carolina) plan to continue playing in college and are the only other WNC representatives in Wednesday’s game.

Moving forward, Chappell said that rising senior Lucas Hall, who was a tailback for the Black Bears (10-3) in 2013, is expected to be their quarterback for this upcoming season.


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