With two more hours remaining in practice Sept. 18 and with the knowledge that his team wasn't going to play the next day because of the problems caused by the windstorm four days earlier, Brookhaven High School football coach Anthony Thornton huddled up his players and shouted, "All right, game situation."

With two more hours remaining in practice Sept. 18 and with the knowledge that his team wasn't going to play the next day because of the problems caused by the windstorm four days earlier, Brookhaven High School football coach Anthony Thornton huddled up his players and shouted, "All right, game situation."

Perhaps no player needed that type of extra practice time as much as Cameron Brown.

Starting his fourth game at quarterback last Monday against Linden-McKinley, Brown has continued to progress at a position that he'd never played until two days before he took his first snap Aug. 29.

The decision Thornton made to move the 5-foot-9, 198-pound Brown was as much of a surprise to Brown as to anyone else. When starter Philip Johnson struggled in a 14-7 win over Chillicothe and then began battling a knee injury, Thornton handed the job to the senior.

"It's been different, but I've been learning," said Brown, who played wide receiver and defensive back before the switch. "We had talked about it earlier in the season. I'm athletic and can play other positions but I never thought he was actually going to put me in at quarterback."

Thus far, Brown has responded. Although the Bearcats lost to Hilliard Davidson 24-21 on Aug. 29 in his first start, they beat Dayton Chaminade-Julienne 37-9 on Sept. 5 and Whetstone 30-7 on Sept. 12.

Last Monday in a 75-8 victory over Linden-McKinley, Brown rushed for a 25-yard touchdown and passed for a 50-yard score.

Against Whetstone, the Bearcats built a 24-0 halftime lead and Brown finished with 143 yards and one scoring pass and two rushing touchdowns.

Brown did not play last season because of an eligibility issue but practiced with the team throughout the season.

"We kind of joked about him playing quarterback, and lo and behold here he is in the starting position," said Thornton, a former quarterback for the Bearcats who has coached the position since joining the staff in 2003. "He just brings a passion and a desire to win. He's going to do it pretty much the way you ask him to do it. Right now it doesn't always look real good but he's getting a whole lot better. We just ask him to make the right choices. What he has to learn is when to get rid of the football, which we call ball security, and sometimes even taking a sack if it's what's best."

"You've got to learn all the plays and you've got to learn everybody else's positions as much as your own," Brown said. "After playing it for a while, I'm starting to get used to it."

ĽOne team which wished it could have played last week was the boys soccer team.

After losing to Grove City 3-1 on Aug. 28, the Bearcats won their next four, including downing an OCC team in Newark (3-0 on Sept. 11). In addition to having games against Mifflin (Sept. 15) and Whetstone (Sept. 16) postponed, Brookhaven was unable to play Marysville on Sept. 18.

Coach Paul Hackworth isn't sure whether the game with the Monarchs will be made up, but he believes his team needs to play as many OCC teams as possible in preparation for the Division I district tournament.

"It's a bad break in terms of momentum, and not being able to practice hurts a little bit, too," Hackworth said. "It couldn't have happened in a worse week since we had three games scheduled."

One area Hackworth is hoping his team improves in is shots taken. Although the Bearcats scored three times against Newark, they had only six of what he calls "quality" shots on goal.

Defense has continued to be a strong suit for Brookhaven, which has posted two shutouts. Leading the way defensively have been senior stopper Alieu Touray, sophomore Prince Gboya and senior Ahmed Adam. Senior Shafici Ali, who played two seasons ago but not last year, has stepped in ably at sweeper.

"Really this team has been pieced together," Hackworth said. "We only had about 12 or 13 kids throughout most of the summer and then on the first day of school we had 25. I think we've got a pretty solid lineup now."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Brookhaven boys and girls cross country, football, boys golf, boys soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

CROSS COUNTRY

Sept. 17 -- Whetstone Arrowhead Invitational was postponed. No makeup date has been set.

Last Tuesday -- Competed at Licking Heights

FOOTBALL

*Sept. 12 -- Defeated Whetstone 30-7

*Last Monday -- Def. Linden-McKinley 75-8

*Friday -- At Centennial. Last season, Brookhaven won 49-14.

Of note: The Bearcats are 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the City League-North Division.

GOLF

Sept. 9 -- Finished third (250) behind Briggs (198) and Northland (211) in City match at Raymond

Sept. 11 -- Finished third (262) behind Whetstone (198) and Marion-Franklin (227) in City match at Mentel Memorial

Sept. 16 -- City match vs. Eastmoor, Mifflin and Walnut Ridge was postponed

Sept. 18 -- City match postponed

Last Monday -- Played City match

Today -- City match at site to be determined

Monday -- City match at site to be determined

SOCCER

Sept. 9 -- Def. West 5-1

Sept. 11 -- Def. Newark 3-0

*Sept. 15 -- Game vs. Mifflin postponed

*Sept. 16 -- Game vs. Whetstone postponed

*Sept. 18 -- Game vs. Marysville postponed

*Last Tuesday -- Played Northland

*Today -- At Centennial

*Tuesday -- At Beechcroft

Of note: The Bearcats were 6-1 before last Tuesday.

TENNIS

*Sept. 15 -- Match vs. Linden-McKinley postponed

*Sept. 16 -- Match vs. Beechcroft postponed

*Sept. 18 -- Match vs. Centennial postponed

Last Monday -- City League Coaches Tournament at Whetstone Park of Roses. The finals were held last Wednesday

Of note: The Bearcats were 1-2 overall and in the City-North before last Monday.

VOLLEYBALL

Last Tuesday -- Lost to West 24-26, 25-12, 25-18, 25-21

*Sept. 16 -- Match vs. Whetstone postponed

*Sept. 18 -- Match vs. Northland postponed

*Last Tuesday -- Played Mifflin

*Today -- At Centennial

*Tuesday -- at Beechcroft

Wednesday -- At Eastmoor

*City-North contest