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Brown fueled by banquet for next year

Escambia Academy running back Kris Brown (right) talks with former Alabama running back and NFL player Pierre Goode (left) after the sports banquet last week. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

Escambia Academy running back Kris Brown (right) talks with former Alabama running back and NFL player Pierre Goode (left) after the sports banquet last week. | Andrew Garner/Atmore Advance

When Escambia Academy stand out running Kris Brown got back home last week from the 2015 Alabama Sports Writers Association Mr. Football Awards Banquet, he went straight to the weight room.

Brown was a finalist for the AISA Back of the Year, but didn’t get the prize as Edgewood quarterback Nathan Rourke held the plaque instead.

Despite not getting the award, Brown said he enjoyed the experience.

“I really enjoyed the experience of being down here (in Montgomery),” he said. “It was a great opportunity to be down here with all of the other people that are good in the state, and with the best in the AISA.”

Brown finished with 1,569 yards on 141 carries and scored 26 touchdowns for the Cougars during his junior season.

The experience at the banquet only inspired him to do better next year, Brown said.

“Me not winning, I’m disappointed, but it’s going to make my time away from the game harder in getting ready for next year,” he said. “I am going to provide for my team, and be a leader to my team.”

Brown said he’s already started thinking about next year, and exactly what he’s got to do to be in this position again.

In the end, life will go on, he said.

Trey Carter of Monroe Academy won the AISA Lineman of the Year award.

The following are the back and linemen of the year award winners for 2015 in the Alabama High School Athletic Association:

Class 1A

• Terence Dunlap, Maplesville, back of the year

• Cameron Longmire, Georgiana, lineman of the year

Class 2A

• Chadarius Townsend, Tanner, back of the year

• Austin Lewter, Tanner, lineman of the year

Class 3A

• Taylor Hayes, Piedmont, back of the year

• Ben Davis, Gordo, lineman of the year

Class 4A

• Kaleb Barker, Priceville, back of the year

• Josephus Smith, Leeds, lineman of the year

Class 5A

• Jordan Bentley, Guntersville, back of the year

• Marlon Davidson, Greenville, lineman of the year

Class 6A

• Tyler Johnston, Spanish Fort, back of the year and Mr. Football for 2015

• Deonte Brown, Austin, lineman of the year

Class 7A

• La’Mical Perine, Theodore, back of the year

• Labryan Ray, James Clemens, lineman of the year