Lynn Haven, FL --- Like all area high school football teams, the Mosley Dolphins will make their 2013 season debut Friday night. Their game against Leon out in Tallahassee, will also mark the debut of the Jeremy Brown era as the ‘Fins new head coach.
Coach Brown got to watch his team in action during two halves of jamboree play last Friday, beating Florida High and losing to Rutherford.
"I thought we played fast. I thought we were physical. We had to clean up some things in special teams, but overall, I loved the energy, I loved the effort. I thought all the teams that went out and competed on Friday night, Florida High and Rutherford, I thought all those teams, I think it was an intense two quarters of football. It was a mid-season intensity level. Me and (Rutherford Head Coach Alvin) Dempsey were talking after the game and that was the one thing we were excited about, just the level that our kids played at Friday night."
Asked about how prepared the Dolphins are to play for real, Coach Brown says he believes his team is ready to answer the call and that at this point, it’s about attitude and intensity.
"The most important thing for us and our program is for us to get our absolute best out of every snap. And that's 11 kids, flying around on offense and defense, stance, alignment, assignment. And then, just doing all those things with phenomenal effort. We feel like if we can get the most out of our kids with every snap, we feel we can win more plays than we lose."
Brown also added that there’s a lot of similarities between his program and Leon’s.
“Leon’s a lot like us. They’ve got a new staff in there with Coach (Tim) Cokley in there, he’s done a phenomenal job. The one thing about Coach Cokley is everywhere he’s been, he’s been successful. And you can count on that they’re going be fundamentally sound on offense and defense and they’re gonna be physical. A lot of what we started at Jefferson County was kind of built off what Coach Cokley had done at NFC.”
Brown can even trace his own style and path to that of the Lions coach.
“He was kind of the model guy for a young coach like me. That you look out there and you say ‘man if I ever get a program I want to run it like that’. You want to love your kids and he does a great job of that.”