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Andover QB Scotty Brown a force – Boston Herald

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Scotty Brown’s collegiate future will be on the baseball diamond, but for now the magic he creates takes place on the gridiron.

For four years, Brown has been a nightmare for teams in the Merrimack Valley Conference as Andover’s dual-threat quarterback. Andover sits unbeaten in the MVC Large and has a chance to clinch a share of the league title next week.

“We have a saying now as a coaching staff, which is, ‘let Scotty be Scotty,’ ” Andover coach EJ Perry said. “What he has done a better job of this year is he steps up in the pocket first and then he is running.”

Throughout the first six weeks of his senior season, the senior has extended plays and turned certain losses into game-changing gains. Despite being only 5-foot-8, he has delivered clutch throws and key runs.

“Being 6-4 can help but I look at guys like Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson because they’re so successful at their heights,” Brown said. “Russell Wilson said, ‘if you can play, you can play.’ I just live by that.”

Brown’s love for football was ingrained at a young age. At 5 years old, his parents, Kim and Scott, signed him up for football in Gardner. He watched old video highlights of his father’s 1994 Super Bowl win at Chelmsford and imagined his own chance to be a community hero one day. In town, meanwhile, Brown alternated between quarterback and running back, allowing him to develop both skill sets as he turned toward high school.

Andover, MA - October 12: Andover quarterback Scotty Brown on October 12, 2022 in , Andover, MA. (Staff Photo By Nauset Media for SothebyÕs International Realty/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
At 5-foot-8, Andover High senior Scott Brown isn’t the biggest quarterback around. But the Andover coaching staff wouldn’t trade him for anyone. (Staff Photo By Nauset Media for Sotheby’s International Realty/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

“Every year when I was younger I would switch off between quarterback and running back,” Brown said. “I would have a ton of fun just running around people and then scoring.”

Over the course of his first few weeks as a Golden Warrior back in 2019, Brown alternated between quarterback and slot receiver before Perry decided by week three that Brown was the quarterback of the future. The freshman sensation made an immediate impact.

On Oct. 26 versus Lowell, Andover sat at the Red Raiders 41-yard line trailing by one with only 11 seconds left. Perry knew he only needed a few yards to get into field goal range but Brown — instead of looking to hit an out route or scrambling for a few more yards — elected to take off, running past six Lowell defenders before diving across the goal line as time expired to give Andover a 19-14 win.

Brown claims the play as his favorite personal sports moment.

“That play showed he was just a winner,” Perry said. “We had a field goal kicker that could make it from 50 so we only needed a couple yards but Scotty just went for it all.”

Since then, Brown’s tenure on the football field has endured ups and downs. His sophomore year was encompassed by a ‘fall II’ season that consisted of no playoffs and only seven games. As a junior, meanwhile, the Golden Warriors only had nine seniors, leaving them vulnerable against an ever-so-talented league slate.

All the while Brown showcased his prowess on the baseball field, starring for both Andover and North East baseball. His athleticism and hand-eye coordination landed him a scholarship offer from UMass Lowell head baseball coach Ken Harring. Brown verbally committed to the River Hawks in October of his junior year.

“I still believe I could play football at the next level but I chose to play baseball,” Brown said. “Coach Harring is doing a great job there and I am very excited to be there. I would say I like both sports pretty equally.”

Before becoming a River Hawk, however, Brown is set on making Andover one of the premier threats to capture a Div. 1 Super Bowl. Alongside Brown is fellow four-year starter running back Lincoln Beal. On the offensive line the Golden Warriors have three two-year starters along with three-year veterans Jason Osborne and Danny Hunter.

While his speed is what leaves people who attend Golden Warriors’ games enthralled, his poise as a passer is equally impressive. He delivered a game-winning 50-yard touchdown pass to Andrew Wetterwald midway through the fourth quarter of Andover’s week four battle with Central Catholic, giving the Golden Warriors their first win over the Raiders in a decade. His week five performance against Methuen in a hostile road environment seemed to perfectly encapsulate the player Brown has become.

Prior to the conclusion of the first half, Brown took off for a key 78-yard touchdown run to give Andover breathing room at the break. Then, in the second half, Brown connected with Bret Mondejar and Michael Capachietti on third- and fourth-and-long late in the game.

“You can’t really teach speed,” Brown said. “During the summer we have guys at the turf throwing and I am always trying to get better on that. Before plays you really have to mentally prepare for the situation. Sometimes I say to myself, ‘OK, it’s third- or fourth-and-long I have to stay in there and come up with a big throw.’ ”

Andover, MA - October 12:     Andover quarterback Scotty Brown on October 12, 2022 in , Andover, MA. (Staff Photo By Nauset Media for Sotheby's International Realty/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
Rival Merrimack Valley Conference coaches will likely cheer when Andover High senior quarterback Scotty Brown graduates. (Staff Photo By Nauset Media for Sotheby’s International Realty/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Regardless of how Brown finishes his career as it pertains to the state ranks, he has cemented himself as one of the finest athletes from Andover. All that remains now are the comparisons to those that who donned the Golden Warriors uniform before him.

“I compare him to my son, EJ, who when he signed early at Boston College he was relaxed during the season and with Scotty knowing what he is doing for school he is relaxed,” Perry said. “When you have a quarterback who can sit back there and is comfortable with what’s next for them, you get good productivity especially when you are as good an athlete as Scotty.”

NAME: Scotty Brown

SCHOOL: Andover High School

AGE: 17

HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 5’8, 160 pounds

POSITION: Quarterback

NICKNAME: Scotty, Brownie

FAMILY: Scott (Dad), Kim (Mom), Kyler (Brother), Jhaden (Brother), Kaelyn (Sister)

ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Four-year varsity football starter, Commitment to UMass Lowell for baseball

FAVORITE PERSONAL MOMENT IN SPORTS: Game-winning rush on the last play against Lowell my freshman year

FAVORITE COURSE IN SCHOOL: English or Gym

LEAST FAVORITE COURSE IN SCHOOL: Math

FAVORITE PIGOUT FOOD: Buffalo Chicken

FAVORITE TV SHOW: Friday Night Lights

FAVORITE MOVIE: Forrest Gump or Varsity Blues

FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Bob Seger and Motley Crue

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME: Madden

FAVORITE SMARTPHONE APP: Snapchat

FAVORITE TWITTER ACCOUNT TO FOLLOW: 80’s Sports Moments

FAVORITE PRO TEAM: Patriots

FAVORITE ATHLETE: Kyler Murray

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A GAME: Watch film and listen to Metallica

IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE ELSE FOR A DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE: Tom Brady

CAREER AMBITIONS: Major League Baseball

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