Pittsburgh Trib Q&A: Monessen's Javon Brown
Javon Brown plays plenty of roles for Monessen, serving as a running back, receiver, cornerback and kick and punt returner. The 5-foot-8, 150-pound senior got to play hero Friday with a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Greyhounds' 42-24 victory over Clairton at Neil C. Brown Stadium. The victory ended the Bears' nation's-best 66-game winning streak, which began against Monessen in 2009.
Q: What did it mean for Monessen to beat Clairton?
A: It was a big win. We made history, for one. We snapped a 66-game winning streak. They were one of the best teams in the country and had one of the longest streaks, so it was a big thing. They started the streak with us, so we wanted to be the one to end it. We heard that a lot, that the streak started with Monessen at the same field.
Q: What made you believe you could do it?
A: We were focused. We knew that somebody had to end the streak. We were ready for the challenge. We just believed. We worked hard in practice. We just came out and played ball and were able to come out with the win.
Q: What was the turning point in the game?
A: I'd say when we got up early on them. We just took their heart.
Q: Which is your favorite position to play?
A: I'd say playing corner. It's a big role, a difficult position. You have to be able to cover receivers and stop big plays. Wherever I'm at on the field, I want to help my team win. That's what matters.
Q: How much motivation was the blowout loss to Clairton on TV last year?
A: It was big. We watched it a lot of times. We knew what we had to do this year. We were focused and ready. We were waiting for this game for a long time. We came back to school on Monday and went back to work. It's over with. It's a new week now.
Q: What does it mean to be a Greyhound?
A: It means a lot. The players who came before us, we always looked up to them. It means something to wear that Monessen jersey. We take pride in wearing that jersey.
Q: How did you lose to Fort Cherry in Week 3, then beat Clairton in Week 4?
A: I think we were just looking ahead and didn't play our best.
Q: Now, Clairton plays Fort Cherry. Who's better?
A: Honestly, I think Clairton. They play with more heart. They're more physical. I think the more physical team will win.