Brown vs. Malcome matchup a draw in MLK-SWD game

Never mind that Friday night’s Southwest DeKalb-M.L. King High matchup was an intense neighborhood rivalry between proud schools located four miles apart, each ranked in their classification’s respective Top 10s. Recruitniks were interested in seeing how the Georgia Bulldogs’ guy looked like up next to the Florida Gators’ guy.

Kendrun Malcome, Southwest DeKalb’s star running back, has committed to Georgia. MLK’s Brown, generally considered the state’s top back, committed to Florida over Georgia.

The reality was Friday night’s game didn’t do much to draw a distinction between the two backs. Their head-to-head performance was a draw.

Malcome had 75 yards on 17 carries but was hamstrung after his team’s only offensive threat after starting quarterback Stephen Coates went down with an ankle injury on the game’s first play. Brown had 66 yards on 20 carries and his team won the game but he struggled running between the tackles.

“Sometimes it’s like that; you’ve got to run hard and do what it takes to help the team win,” said Brown, who had slashing 26-yard touchdown run called back on an illegal-shift penalty. “They were putting a lot of guys on me and we couldn’t run but that opened up the passing game for us and we won the game.”

Indeed the most impressive player Friday night does not have any D-1 offers. MLK quarterback Cameron Myers had two touchdown passes despite having to run from defensive end T.J. Stripling – another UGA commit – all night long.

“After this game he should [get some offers],” Brown cracked.

Clearly Brown and Malcome are different kinds of runners. The 6-foot, 215-pound Malcome is a bruising pile-mover that could probably play fullback on the next level. The 5-11, 185-pound Mack is a fleet-footed sprinter whose best work comes outside the tackles.

Malcome said he thought his performance made a statement.

“I feel like I showed I’m one of the best in the nation,” Malcome said. “I’ve been overlooked by a lot of people, Rivals, Scout, a lot of people. feel like I had a decent game but all that doesn’t mean anything because we didn’t win the game. All that ESPN stuff doesn’t mean anything if you don’t win.”

26 comments Add your comment

Bama Dawg

August 28th, 2009
11:47 pm

Sounds like it was a great game.

Gator Growl

August 29th, 2009
12:42 am

Congrats to both, I think they will both be successful in the respective college programs. Looks like both UGA and UF won this battle…


August 29th, 2009
8:20 am

Great Game! Lots of hard hitting, which was to be expected. I have not seen this much talent in Dekalb County in long time. There will be lots of player getting some Division 1 attention before the season is over.

Say What

August 29th, 2009
10:14 am

Their rushing stats in that game did not give a true picture of the talent of both backs. Both in my opinion were very impressive. Malcome showed he can run between the tackles regardless of who is on the offensive line; he can gain positive yardage all by himself. It took an average of at least four guys to bring him down every time he carried the ball. Mack needs at least one block to get started but after that he is more than capable to get the job done. The biggest thing that Mack showed was that he is not a liability in passing situations. The two Cameron Myers touchdown throws happened because of the extra time Mack was able to give his QB by successfully blocking the free defender rushing at full speed with destruction on his mind. One of those defenders just happened to be T. J. Stripling.

Malcome’s weight and power combined with Mack’s speed and vision makes a perfect back. At the next level, I think it is more realistic to believe that Mack can gain weight and power equivalent to Malcome but Malcome will not be able to obtain the speed of Mack. The frightening potential that Mack has is why I think he is rated as the best back in Georgia. If it was based on what you are doing right now, that distinction would go to a little guy that plays for Grayson.


August 29th, 2009
12:33 pm

MLK got lucky…..Southwest’s QB got knocked out of the game on the very 1st play and never was able to return. That definitely changed the outcome of the game and Southwest, with their starting QB, is at least 10 points better than MLK. That is a shame. Mack Brown is a good back but not a 5 star. There is no way he would ever start over Richard Samuel at UGA and he knew. He will get to play more in the Gaytor’s system but will have to share time with at least 2 other RB’s.

Chip Towers

August 29th, 2009
12:39 pm

Say What: I agree with a lot that you say. I thought the most intriguing aspect of the game was the matchup of DE Stripling and MLK’s quarterback Cameron Myers. I thought both players were impressive. Regarding Brown, he didn’t show me much as far as being able to break initial contact. But he’s definitely quick with some exceptional cutting ability. I believe Kendrun looks like the more complete back at this stage.


August 29th, 2009
12:41 pm

Southwest Dekalb is the better team – unfortunately their starting QB was knocked out of the game on the very 1st play. Brown is good in open space but did not impress me as a 5 star. The run he made for a TD was called back for motion but there was also obvious holding on T.J. Stripling that got Brown lose for the score. Malcome has good speed 4.5 40 and size 210 lbs. and is very powerful but with the other offensive threat out of the game MLK was able to team up on him and he still averaged close to 5 yards a carry. He will do well behind a veteran Georgia o-line and will play in his freshman year…. no reshirt for this guy.

Arizona Bend Dawg

August 29th, 2009
1:03 pm

Chip – great stuff, keep up the good work.

Just one question – what is the definition of a recruitnik? Am I a recruitnik for reading your stuff?

MLK Lions Fan

August 29th, 2009
4:53 pm

WOW Flo-Ri-Duh! What does King have to do to get a little respect? Is one person (the QB) the entire team for SWD? MLK beat SWD last year and we did it again this year. NO MORE EXCUSES. At the end of the day, a W is a W and a L is a L.

David PJ

August 29th, 2009
8:03 pm

As a SWD Alumni, MLK Lions fan, yes y’all beat us last year off a fluke, we went to the third round of the playoffs while MLK got beat in the first round badly, This year y’all got really lucky, because the first sound quarterback we’ve had in 6years got hurt the first play of the game and our backup was 14 straight out of jv with no varsity experience. At the end of the day there is no question about who runs Decatur, SWD, In grades and on the field. So as far as respect wise, Bow Down. I wish we could play y’all one more time. ALSO IN THE STORIES PRINTED, THEY SAY NOTHING ABOUT OUR QUARTERBACK GETTING HURT THE FIRST PLAY AND MLK JUST BEING THE BETTER TEAM, THATS WRONG. But Cameron and Mack their good, i give them that.

Bounty Hunter

August 29th, 2009
10:07 pm

Those running backs sound like two duds headed to SEC schools. The GT commit (Charles Perkins) ran for over 300 yrds by himself. These two guys couldn’t accumulate that yardage together.


August 29th, 2009
10:10 pm

neither one of them is better than tuckers devin scott

Darry Tay

August 29th, 2009
10:21 pm

Am a very active high school football follower so let’s be honest guys these two teams we all know when the dust settles will both be home come,December.Lot’s of talent,very little coaching,and to many ‘I’s in team.When this talent was combined it only produced one state title’95′.Not hating just facts.


August 29th, 2009
11:48 pm

Boy all yall sound like idiots from SWD because what difference would have the quarterback made when all he is is a ball conveyor in the wing-t.Now Darry Tay you need to come to one of MLK’s practice and see if there is some coaching going on because there is a lot from my point of view.

Tech Fan

August 30th, 2009
10:46 am

Great get of Malcome, Dawgs. I think he’s a better fit for your offense than is Brown. While I’m here, pls. beat the #&%@*! out of Oklahoma St. Show those boys what football in the great state of Georgia is all about!!!


August 30th, 2009
12:35 pm

What a joke……Charles Perkins of Collins Hill is the top back in the state,..hands down. 6′1-215 4.5 in the 40. Not even close. CPJ doesn’t speculate,…he sees the future.

GO ‘Jackets!


August 30th, 2009
2:00 pm

To MLK Lions fan – yes losing the starting QB on the 1st play of the game does make that much difference when he is a great player. Just answer this – could MLK have beaten SouthWest Dekalb if MLK had lost their starting QB on the 1st play and S.W. Dekalb had their starting QB for the full game? ANSWER: NO WAY – S.W. Dekalb would have trounced MLK. Even without their QB S.W. Dekalb came within a play of beating MLK. Case closed! ( By the way I don’t favor one team over the other as I HAVE NO AFFILIATION with either …. I am a college scout that says like I saw it.)

[...] I reported from Hallford Stadium Friday night, the Mack Brown-versus-Kendrun Malcome matchup in the M.L. King-Southwest DeKalb game did not live up to its billing. Neither player managed even [...]


August 31st, 2009
9:49 am

To Darray Tay as long as BUCK, GARTRELL, BONNER,MO,AND ETC. keep getting our kids SCHOLARSHIPS to further their education, who cares about a state ring. We would love to have one trust me, but if I had to pick between the two . A $100 to $300.00 dollar ring compared to a $35,000.00 to $50,000.00 a year SCHOLARSHIP you do the MATH.I know which one I would choose. Now getting back to the game Friday, with all the hype about top PLAYERS IN GEORGIA playing in this game, the no name players shined in this game. MLK #9,#1, and#60 and SWD #1. KENDRUM did the best out all the d1 players with no blocking at all. I couldn’t understand why they kept the same offensive line in the game , because they weren’t doing anything for Malcome.


August 31st, 2009
9:56 am

For more information on Charles Perkins, go check out the recent Georgia Tech Football article at Go Jackets!


August 31st, 2009
4:43 pm

Joe—- What Rock you live under ? Sorry guys !!! Charles Perkins best in state. Let Charles come play against some of this real defense in Dekalb. He was suppose to do that against Parkview have you checked them out lately.


September 1st, 2009
5:26 am

These two running backs are seniors, so you expect them to make a statement in game #1. Mack 66 yards, Malcome 75 yards. If they struggle like this how are they gonna perform against top notch SEC defenses. Collins Hills Perkins also a senior went into the house of team with rich tradition (4 state titles), Home cooking refs, and dominated from start to finish. You can thank the refs for making the game closer than what it was!!!!! This kid is also focused enough to graduate in December, and enroll at in January.


September 1st, 2009
5:28 am


September 1st, 2009
8:26 am

yeah yeah yeah Everyone had ref problems. There is no way to explain 300 yards and 1 TD because if they called the TDs back so went the yards. Just how do you run up and down the whole football field 3 times and come up with 1 TD. Unless you guys are counting those yards in and he really don’t have 300 yards. I feel he is over rated as it is. Gwinnett don’t want NONE of Dekalb ask the college recruits who have the best talents

Regular Joe

September 1st, 2009
11:00 am

Stephenson and SWD has 2 of the best defenses in the state. That shouldn’t surprise anyone who really knows Georgia Football. Stephenson has a HISTORY of putting good defensive players into great college programs. So quit blowing smoke about SHS and SWD cause you really know the truth. At Stephenson the main talk among players is playing at the next level and getting a college education. Don’t get me wrong any team would love to win a state championship but the future beyond high school is the #1 concern.

For the Record

September 29th, 2009
6:44 pm

Best back…..Storm Johnson