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Baptist Hill’s Brown and Ramsey combine football with family

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hollywood – The 2017 football season was one for the record books at Baptist Hill High School.

The Bobcats gave their fans the ride of a lifetime, advancing to the Class A state championship game for the first time in school history.

While the season ended with a loss to Lamar in the state finals, head coach Marion Brown and the 2017 Bobcats were hailed as heroes by their loyal fans and family.

Family is a huge deal at Baptist Hill. It is not uncommon for several members of each team to be related to each other. Cousins playing with cousins and brothers playing with brothers is typical in any season.

Family also interacts on the varsity coach staff at Baptist Hill. Brown, in his 10th year as football coach with more than 22 years overall as a teacher at Baptist Hill, believes strongly in God and family. And for all of his years as a head coach, including three at Burke High, Brown has had his brother-in-law Lamont Ramsey by his side.

“We’ve been together forever, since Noah built the ark,” jokes Brown, who has had only two losing seasons at Baptist Hill. “We are very close, almost like brothers. It’s a joy having him out there with me. He’s the offensive coordinator and works with our quarterbacks and running backs. He’s a very good coach.”

Any chance of family arguments popping up over the dinner table after a tough loss. Not a chance, says Brown.

 “We’ve been successful together, been through the ups and downs,” Brown said. “But football always takes a backseat to family. We both realize, at the end of the day, it’s still just a game.”

Brown feels one of the reasons the football program maintains consistency is because of the strong bond within the entire coaching staff. Rick Smith (special teams), William Rowe (defensive coordinator/linebackers) and Handy Miles (defensive backs) have been with Brown for a solid stretch of years.

Joining the staff this fall is line coach Russell Feaster. The varsity staff doubles up and handles the junior varsity program as well.

“We don’t have enough coaches to have a jayvee staff so we just work together and get it done,” Brown said. “We will certainly take whatever help we can get but we don’t have a lot of quality coaches available to come all the way out here and coach.”

 

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