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Morris Sussex Sports covers 37 football teams that consists of about 1,000 players in Morris, Sussex and parts of Warren counties. Out of those 1,000 players, Morris Sussex Sports and Parisi Speed School honors just one athlete who does something special each week with the Parisi Speed School Player of the Week.  Go to Parisi Speed School to raise your game and become faster, bigger and stronger.  Mention “Morris Sussex Sports” and receive a FREE Speed Pass to one of their world class training sessions.  

Week 1 had a ton of amazing individual performances in it. Madison’s Jack O’Hearen went on an aerial assault against Mountain Lakes, throwing for nearly 400-yards in a losing effort. Hopatcong’s Blake Corbett was a man on a mission, rushing for 224-yards and two TDs in a win over Parsippany. And Jefferson’s Mike Gould was all over the field defensively with 14 solo tackles and four sacks.

But the player that made the biggest statement was Mount Olive runningback Flynn Brown. Brown rushed for 165-yards and four touchdowns in basically one half of play as the Marauders handled Chatham by a score of 35-9 in their home opener. Brown’s on-the-field heroics earned him the Parisi Speed School Player of the Week for Week 1.

We caught up with Flynn to talk about his amazing performance, what it’s like playing for Coach O’Connor and what we can expect from this Marauder team the rest of the season.

Morris Sussex Sports: What was it like in the off-season for you and your teammates coming from one play of winning a state title?
Flynn Brown: It was really rough to get over especially knowing how close we were. But that made us grow more hungrier and we worked our tails off during the off season.

MSS: What does it mean to you and your teammates to start this season 1-0?
FB: It showed us what we’re capable of doing once we all start to click.

MSS: Did you anticipate having such a big game personally in Week 1?
FB: I had to set the bar really high for myself and wanted to showcase the hard work I put in all last year. And I wanted to prove that Mount Olive didn’t get lucky last year.

MSS: What do you credit for your success this past weekend?
FB: My linemen, Conroy, and our QB Tamar Albritton for not pulling the ball.

MSS: How much credit to you give to Coach O’Connor for the success the Marauders have been having?
FB: I give him a lot of credit. I feel like we finally understand what he’s trying to put together for us and we rely on him to make the right calls. He also changed the mindset of this program in a very positive way.

MSS: What’s it like playing for him?
FB: Aggravating, confusing and funny when he yells because his voice cracks so bad.

MSS: What was your welcome to varsity football moment?
FB: It was my sophomore year and we had to play against Shabazz during the 7v7’s. I was playing corner and the guy made a quick move on me and I got completely crossed and the kid stared me down (laughs).

MSS: Who is the best football player you played against?
FB: Reid Randolph from Mendham. He was a stud!

MSS: Who is the best player you played with?
FB: I’ve played with a few very good 5-star athletes during club ball but one person who sticks out to me the most is Liam Anderson.

MSS: What opposing stadium do you like to play in the most?
FB: West Morris Central.

MSS: Do you feel like you have an advantage playing home at the Ship?
FB: It’s definitely a big confidence booster for the team.

MSS: What would surprise people to know about your team?
FB: We have a bald mad man.

MSS: Who is the strongest player on your team?
FB: That’s easy Pauly Moore. He’s unreal! The boy does 45’s and a 10 on both sides and does skull crushers.

MSS: Who is the funniest?
FB: Eddie Mastrodemenico and Benfatti. Eddie just brings life to the team and always smacks his shiny dome. Benfatti…well, you’d just have to know him.

MSS: Who is finishing 1-2-3 in the forty?
FB: Me, Cory Campbell and I believe Michael Liccone.

MSS: Who’s finishing last?
FB: I think it might be Carp but I’m not entirely sure.

MSS: What was the most inspiring thing Coach O’Connor ever said?
FB: “You can’t have a great team without sacrifice.”

MSS: What are your personal goals coming into this season?
FB: Perosnally, I would like to beat the 2,008 yard rushing record at my school set by Ken Lockheart back in 1999. Also, I would like to bring a title back to MO.

MSS: What can we expect from Mount Olive the rest of the season?
FB: Expect us to get better as the weeks go on.

MSS: Congrats again Flynn and best of luck the rest of the way!

George Muha has been covering high school sports since 2006. He feels high school scholar-athletes are the most important part of the community and highlighting their achievements on the field, in the classroom and within the community is his personal mission.

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