Catching Up With Cole Brown
South Pontotoc’s Cole Brown has his Cougars off to a nice start in 2017. South Pontotoc is 7-1 overall heading into tonight’s game at Houston. SES recently had the opportunity to sit down with the Cougar signal-caller and discuss his season and some of his personal interests.
SES: Let's start with last week. You guys lost a game that a lot of people expected you to win. It was also your first loss on the year, and it was a region game. What went wrong, and how do you plan to fix it going forward?
Brown: It was lack of focus. Our offense and defense both came out to a slow start that gave them a 16-0 lead. We are going to have to fix it by coming out of the gate hot and on fire, and not waiting until the second quarter or even half, especially these next couple of weeks against some really good teams.
SES: Speaking of good teams, you guys face Houston this week. This is their first year in 3A, and they're very talented. What's your strategy for taking on their defense?
Brown: We are going to have to execute like never before. We can't have many mistakes, especially mental ones. If it's a holding call or something physically, we can live with that, but we can't have any false starts, offsides etc. That has to do with the mental side. Getting the offense and the whole team to just flush last week and move on is going to be a huge factor, also.
SES: Your offense has clicked a lot this year, thanks in large part to guys like Eddie Ivy and Brett Riley. What's your relationship like with those guys and what do they bring to your offense?
Brown: Our relationship goes way farther than just football. They both know anytime they need a ride or anything who to call. We've played football together since park and rec football, so it's not just like we have known each other for a couple of years. They make my job so much easier on offense. Every team knows they have to respect the run because of Eddie. All that does is leave the passing game open, and having Brett to throw to makes my job easier, for sure.
SES: Awesome. Let's shift gears a bit. What're your goals for both you and your team for the rest of the season?
Brown: We set goals as a team, and I also set goals as an individual. Team-wise, we have one goal left that we haven't achieved, and that's to host a playoff game. We obviously want to go all the way, but it's just like one game at a time. We have to focus on one goal at a time. A personal goal I had was to throw for 1,250 yards. So the biggest thing for both the team and myself is to finish.
SES: Cool. So, in your career as a football player at South Pontotoc, what is your favorite game you've played in?
Brown: No doubt, North Pontotoc of this year. Whenever we beat Aberdeen last year, I thought there was no way I could play in a more fun game, but I was highly mistaken.
SES: What made this year's game so fun?
Brown: The environment was something else. We played at North, but it felt like a home game. I'm going to say we had more fans than them, and I know for a fact our student section was way bigger. It being a huge rivalry and the game just going back and forth the whole game and especially the 4th quarter. You don't hear of five lead changes in the 4th quarter much. The last drive on offense, we were losing with a minute left and we scored to go ahead. North had a pretty great team, and knowing we beat a good team made it sweeter.
SES: Awesome. So, a bit of a shift to a personal note. What's something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
Brown: Gosh, man, I don’t know. In 8th grade, I played safety and had a pick-six with a cast on.
SES: Okay one more. If you could listen to one song right now, what would it be and why?
Brown: “Troubadour” by George Strait because I have a young body with an old soul.
South Pontotoc travels to Houston tonight. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.