The Bay High football team wrapped up the 2013 season on Friday night with a loss to Mosley. It was a loss that gave the Tornadoes 2nd place in the county, and put them at 5-5 on the year. The tornadoes were a young squad this season, boasting just a dozen seniors, a group that included Ethan Brown.
It's not everyday a player like Ethan walks into a program. The three year varsity letter winner brings consistency to a team that's filled with young talent.
"I guess he's kind of like a security blanket for us," said Head Coach Jimmy Longerbeam. "We know what we're going to get with him every day."
The Tornadoes have surely appreciated that security, as Ethan lines up at both defensive end and linebacker, tallying 13 solo tackles on the season, and is second on the team with four sacks.
"When they told me to be a leader, they told me to lead by example instead of by words," said Ethan. "That's what I've tried to do the best I can at- leading by example."
"He's one of the hardest working kids in the program," said Coach Longerbeam. "He'll be the first one here and the last ones to leave. You can't have enough of those kids in your program."
That hard work isn't just limited to the football field, as Ethan is a letter winner in three other sports, is involved with Key Club, SGA, and is president of FCA- all while balancing a 3.4 unweighted GPA.
"There's no issues," said Coach Longerbeam. "You don't ever have to worry about him. He's going to be in class, he's going to take care of his academics, he's going to be at practice, kids like him are enjoyable to coach."
"Football drains a lot out of me," said Ethan. "I get home and I hit the couch and I just fall asleep. Somehow I manage to get everything done when it's needed to be done."
Ethan's done a pretty good job of getting things done- such a good job, that he's gotten interest from several schools to play at the next level.
"Everybody says, 'I could have gone to college,' but I have a big opportunity to say I've played college football and I've been there," said Ethan. "I'll have the opportunity to tell people one day when I'm older that I played in college as a football player."
A football player who shows up to work for his team everyday. Ethan said while nothing is set in stone until National Signing Day, he says right now, Southeastern University is at the top of his college list.