Knox West coach Lamar Brown made a return to his alma mater Friday night and kept his undefeated record against Jefferson County alive in a big way.
The Rebels shot out the gate early, scoring on their first offensive play of the game and never looked back in a 42-0 victory.
For Brown, who is now 11-0 against the Patriots, it was a nice return home to a place that means a good deal to him.
“It means a lot to come back here,” Brown said. “I wouldn’t be doing what I am doing now without this place. Coach (Craig) Kisabeth and coach Jim Smith had a major impact on my life. Those two guys are the reason that I do what I do. I always want to try and give back to that. This is a special place at Jefferson County.”
Brown graduated from Jefferson County in 1987 and, during his senior season, the Patriots made it to the state semifinals before losing to Halls, 10-0.
The place has changed since Brown last played there and, while he loves the way it looks now, he feels that something is missing from before.
“It looks great, it’s a beautiful stadium,” Brown said. “I wish we still had the Patriot here on the 50-yard line but other than that, it’s a great place. Coach Riley is doing a great job with the kids and this high school is a special place.”
After playing at Jeff County, Brown returned to the Lakeway Area in 2008 to be the head coach of Morristown West. Brown coached for nine years there and compiled a 71-37 record. He had two 10-win seasons, an 11-win season in 2011, three TSSAA Class 5A state quarterfinal appearances and, in his final year, won the Region 1-5A title.
Brown has been at Knox West since 2017 and has brought his success to the Rebels program. In 2019, West went 12-2, making it all the way to the Class 5A state semifinals before falling in a close game to Knoxville Central.
Now, with most of their starters from 2019 back, the Rebels are off to a 4-0 start, allowing just seven points so far and have an impressive 30-7 win over Farragut on their resume.
However, no matter where he is coaching, Brown will always have Jefferson County on his mind.
“(What he brings from his time at Jeff County) Loving kids,” Brown said. “That’s what the coaches here did to me. They loved on me a lot of times when I didn’t deserve to be loved on. We have carried that over. The kids are the most important thing.”