Dogs’ Malcome vs. Gators’ Brown heats up SWD-MLK game

Martin Luther King High coach Corey Jarvis has heard all the chatter about tonight’s game against Southwest DeKalb. Never mind that it’s an intense neighborhood rivalry between proud schools located four miles apart.

“Basically everybody has been saying it’s the Georgia commit against the Florida commit,” Jarvis said with a chuckle. “It’s Georgia-Florida.”

At least to recruitniks it is.

Mack Brown

The game, which will be played tonight at 8 at Clarkston’s Hallford Stadium, will feature two of the state’s top-rated running backs. MLK’s Mack Brown is considered the No. 1 tailback in the state. He committed to the Florida Gators last month. Southwest DeKalb’s Kendrun Malcome is also rated among the state’s best backs. The fact that they’ve committed to bitter SEC rivals makes the matchup that much more enticing.

So interest in tonight’s contest spreads out well beyond the Lithonia-Decatur line.

“Like I kept telling Mack, he’s not playing for Urban Meyer yet,” Jarvis said.

Of course, neither of the coaches nor their players are viewing the game like that.

“Well, it’s good for the fans,” said Southwest DeKalb coach Buck Godfrey, who has another Georgia commitment in defensive end T.J. Stripling. “But I can tell you our kids haven’t mentioned anything about that at all. It’s one big family going against another big family. It’s the first game of the season and we just want to play well.”

Said Jarvis: “They have a good back and we have a good one. They’re going to give the ball to theirs and we’re going to give it to ours. But it always comes down to how the offensive and defensive lines perform.”

Of course, this will be Round Two for the two backs, who have known each other since middle. Brown got the best of the matchup last year, gaining 175 yards and a touchdown in MLK’s 21-12 victory. Malcome’s stats were not immediately available but he didn’t score and Brown promises his buddy didn’t have 100 yards.

“Not even close,” Brown says with a playful snicker.

In truth, comparing the two players is like comparing apples and oranges. Malcome is a 6-foot, 215-pound battering ram that makes his living between the tackles. The 5-11, 185-pound Brown is lightning quick with speed to burn.

“To me they’re two totally different backs,” Jarvis said. “Ken is more of a bruiser. Mack’s more of a slasher has a little more speed. Not that Ken doesn’t have some speed. Ken does some things better than Mack and vice-versa.”

Kedrun Malcome

Kedrun Malcome

Said Godfrey: “Style wise I can only talk about our guy. He’s a combination of speed, power and vision. He can find a crack where you don’t think there is one. HIs style is his own style and you come away black-and-blue trying to stop him. Some people try to compare him to Herschel [Walker] but I think he’s more like Earl Campbell without the wear and tear.”

For the two backs it’s anything but a bitter rivalry. It’s more like sibling rivalry. They’ve been friends since middle school when they first competed against each other in rival little league parks. And the teams compete in different regions and classifications. The Panthers play in Class AAAA, the Lions in AAAAA.

“I’ve been knowing him since the sixth grade,” Brown said. “We talked on the phone for an hour last week.”

I asked if Friday’s game came up in the conversation?

“I told him we were going to beat them again,” said Brown, sounding much like a Gator.

26 comments Add your comment

Ga Boy

August 28th, 2009
7:13 am

First and ST.Simon is a puss.

BlackSmoke

August 28th, 2009
8:29 am

I’d like to be at that game to see the two go at it, and watch Stripling and see what kind of player he is against the state’s top back. Hopefully all of them will stay healthy this year and go on to make both of their respective colleges proud!

hugedawgfan

August 28th, 2009
8:55 am

don’t really understand how the state’s #1 RB goes out of state to play college ball? reminds me of Berry slipping off to UT to play against us and lay some wood on Moreno last year. Just don’t get it.

hugedawgfan

August 28th, 2009
8:57 am

have 4 to 5 more ’ships to offer and we better start piling up some running talent from somewhere. We’re going to need it.

rockc82

August 28th, 2009
9:00 am

hugedawgfam relax! our tailback situation is in good shape for years to come. just because we havent landed mack brown does not change that. We had no chance at Eric Berry, whose dad played for Tennessee. This is recruitiing man, you cannot get every kid!

takedowndawg

August 28th, 2009
9:36 am

Mack Brown may not fair as well as Malcome being smaller in size when he joins the SEC. Percy Harvin, as great as he was was injured much of the time while at Florida or not at 100%. Our small guy Carlton Thomas appears to be more compact like Barry Sanders and appears to deal with his size differential and the hits he receives with greater resilience. Though, Mr. Brown, there is still six months time to change your mind and join together with your real brothers at Georgia! HAHA

PrimetimeGator

August 28th, 2009
9:44 am

@hugedawgfan FL kids leave the state to play for Mark Richt every year. It just happens. Kids go where they feel more comfortable and feel like they fit. Besides, Mack knows where to go if he wants to win championships! Ha! I’ll try to be at that game tonight. Should be a good one.

ZP

August 28th, 2009
9:51 am

Please be sure to post the stats from this game sometime. I am interested to know how both backs and stripling do.

Gator Growl

August 28th, 2009
10:01 am

When Mack gets down here to Gainesville and gets into Micky Marotti”s S&C program he will soon be transformed into a 210 lb+ back and maybe even gain a little speed with our speed program. I just want to see him have a healthy, successful and fun Senior season! Good luck tonight Mack!

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ReptilesRule

August 28th, 2009
10:11 am

The reason Mack Brown left the state is because he is going to a championship program who will spotlight his skills. With Johnny Brantley taking over, not only will there be much more of an emphasis on the running backs, but Mack will most probably be heavily involved in the passing game as well. Believe me, if he is as good as the coaching staff down here thinks and he works hard, he will get his opportunities.

Not Disappointed

August 28th, 2009
10:21 am

College Football! Nothing like it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ramblin Wreck! ;-)

RAMBLE ON!!!

August 28th, 2009
10:32 am

I’m a homo

Flo-Ri-Duh!

August 28th, 2009
11:00 am

I hope Malcome gets his 100 yards and that Stripling lays one on Brown and knocks him out of the game in the first quarter but I’m not hoping for a permanent injury mind you – maybe a sprained ankle would work.. I am betting that MLK will be cursed for the backstabbing Mack Brown put on UGA…… there is definely an uneasiness on the MLK campus today.

FLDAWG

August 28th, 2009
11:29 am

Good luck to all these guys. They are living a dream and are kings of the castle for now. Let’s hope when the get to their respective programs they make a splash.

GeoffDawg

August 28th, 2009
11:59 am

Malcome looks like a beast in that picture…he better lose the Tennessee shorts before getting to campus though.

Percey Harvey

August 28th, 2009
12:31 pm

Mick Browns going to be something else at UF! Go Gatar!

Percey Harvey

August 28th, 2009
12:31 pm

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[...] That’s all from me for now. I’m off to the doctor, then heading over to Clarkston for the MLK-SWD tilt. Gotta get a first-hand lookk at Mack Brown and Kendrun Malcome. [...]

EW

August 28th, 2009
2:39 pm

Anybody else notice that Malcome’s picture in this article shows him wearing UT shorts?

Instant Classic1

August 28th, 2009
3:35 pm

run mack run

TXDawg (from Decatur to Mansfield, TX)

August 28th, 2009
7:22 pm

Score updates would be great if anyone has an info….will check back throughout the night!

TXDawg (from Decatur to Mansfield, TX)

August 28th, 2009
7:22 pm

….also on the Stephenson vs. McNair game

Chip Towers

August 28th, 2009
9:27 pm

Don’t know if anybody’s paying attention on here besides TXDawg but it’s halftime here at the SWD-MLK game and there hasn’t been much to write about so far regarding our two featured backs. Both have 35 yards rushing in the first half, SWD’s Kendrun Malcome on 11 carries and MLK’s Mack Brown on 9 carries. The Lions lead 6-3, which is pretty good considering they’ve looked overmatched up front most of the night. . . . The Panthers were negatively impacted early when starting quarterback Stephen Coates suffered a right ankle injury on the game’s first play from scrimmage. A sophomore named Jalil Young came on in relief and has performed courageously though the offense seems significantly limited.

I’ll update later with some final numbers, if at all possible.

Chip Towers

August 28th, 2009
10:54 pm

So as far as head-to-head goes, you’d have to call the Brown vs. Malcome matchup a draw. Malcome outgained Brown 75 yards (on 17 carries) to 66 yards (on 20 carries). But, for the second year in a row, Brown’s MLK Lions won 13-9. . . . In defense of SWD, ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA (coming in that is), they lost their starting quarter Stephen Coates on the game’s first play from scrimmage. MLK is in Class AAAAA.

DawgForLife

August 30th, 2009
12:51 pm

Chip…based on your observation are these two young men overated? Seems like very few yards against high school level defenses. Lots of carries but only averaged around 4 yds per carry for Malcome and barely 3.5 per carry for Brown.