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Dontavis 'Juicy ' Brown enjoys role as team leader

He's a speedster -- one who has break-away quickness.

His name: Dontavis "Juicy" Brown, a senior running back and free-safety at Thomson High School.

The football season begins Friday night, and no one could be more excited than Dontavis.

"It's a different season and things are going to be a lot better than they were for us a year ago," said Dontavis during a recent interview. "We're going to work a lot harder this year and become the team we know we can be."

Dontavis was referring to the Bulldogs' dismal season of a year ago when they went 2-8.

He wants this season to be a complete turnaround.

"We're way stronger than we were last year," said Dontavis, son of William and Penny Brown, of Dearing. "We are working harder and we've got a lot of leaders on the team this year."

He believes that's going to spell the difference between last season and this one.

As a starting running back the last three seasons, Dontavis says he is enjoying his new role as a team leader.

"I try to keep them in line, doing things correctly," said Dontavis, who also is a star baseball player for the Bulldogs. He plays centerfield and is the lead-off batter, because of his speed and ability to get on base. He has helped the Bulldogs win back-to-back baseball region championships the last two years.

Although Dontavis hasn't received any offers about playing college football, he has received a letter from Savannah State interested in him playing baseball there.

Dontavis believes Thomson can go "pretty far" this season, if the Bulldogs keep focused, continue to work hard and improve in every game.

"We can win a region championship if we play like that," said Dontavis. "After that, there's no telling what we can do -- maybe even win a state championship." Dontavis said nothing would be more pleasing to him than to win a region title or state championship since this is his last year in high school.

"It would be a good honor and a way to pay back coach Welsh for all he's done for us in football, too," added Dontavis.

In his spare time, Dontavis likes to play video games with his close friends, Josh Jones and Terrerance Bradshaw.

Web posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010

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