Miller Grove "Raising The Bar" On Expectations For Wolverine Football
As we continue our coverage of summer workouts, we stopped by to visit with the Miler Grove Wolverines football team on day two of the second week of workouts. The Wolverines are now into year two under head coach, Melvin Brown, and after year one, in which Brown and his staff led the Wolverines to the post season for the first time since the 2017 season, Brown says year two will be about raising the bar on expectations for Wolverine football.
“The young men got a taste of the new culture and how we want to do things now, the new way at Miller Grove,” Brown said as they expect their players to first perform well in the classroom and then transitioning those same expectations into the weight room and onto the field as they look to get “bigger, stronger and faster,” and being competitive on the field.
Brown, a longtime coach in Dekalb County, added that he’s excited to see what things are to come in the 2022 season as they look to build off of his first year, in which they advanced to the Georgia High School Association state playoffs for the first time since the 2017 season. Admitting that he was not completely sure what to expect last season, Brown said that once he had the opportunity to be around his players during workouts, he got the feeling that the Wolverines would make a little noise.
“The first day we walked into the weight room and I saw the young men, I saw the hunger in their eyes and when we got to the field, I said these kids are talented, we possibly could do something this year,” Brown said. The Wolverines capped the 2021 season with a 6-5 overall record and finished 3-3 in region play, capturing the number four seed and advancing to the playoffs. However, for Brown, he and his staff were even more excited in how well their players did not only on the field, but the classroom as well.
“That senior class last year was extremely hungry, they’d been through a lot,” Brown said as he reflected on how in the previous three season, the Wolverines struggled to string up the victories so having the opportunity to send those seniors off with a winning record and playoff berth was a great feeling for Brown and his staff, especially because many of the players were able to retain scholarships because of their work in the classroom and on the field.
Now Brown and crew look to continue that tradition of the “new culture” of Miller Grove football and will kick off the 2022 season on August 19 against county rival, Tucker.