BY RYNE DENNIS
CARTER GOVERNALE WAS A STAR.
Growing up in Hochston, Governale was
talked about around town as he dominated
the youth football ranks.
“Carter, coming up through youth football and into our program was a highly
acclaimed athlete,” Mill Creek head coach
Shannon Jarvis said.
That didn’t change once Governale got
to Mill Creek where he was a star running
back by his sophomore season. But in the
season’s penultimate contest of 2011,
Governale made a simple cut on a pass
route and tore his ACL.
Governale didn’t give up and worked his
way back for his junior season, going through
summer workouts and rehabbing the knee to
health. Then a week before the season, the
same knee gave out once again.
“I had worked so hard and I think the
only way to describe it is devastating,”
Governale said. “But after going through it
all a second time it was very humbling and
opened up my eyes to the real world.”
Governale has worked his way back for
his senior season, and Jarvis encouraged
him to run track in the spring, where he
ran the 100 and 4x100 relay, to get the
competitive edge back.
PIKE COUNTY RECEIVERS COACH BRANDON
Brown couldn’t figure out why he was shaking. In
April of 2011 he found out real fast.
Brown was arriving with his wife, Lorraine, and
kids, Camryn, Bailee and Cooper, at a family gathering when he stepped out of his truck and immediately fell to the ground.
After being taken to the hospital and doing several tests and a CAT scan it was discovered that the
38-year-old had a malignant brain tumor and had to
be operated on immediately at Emory Medical Center.
“Here’s the thing, I was worried because I knew
something was wrong. But when I found out what it
was it became easy for me,” Brown said. “I was relieved
because I was like, ‘well good, there is something.’”
Brown went in for surgery two days after arriving
at Emory. Doctors removed as much of the tumor
as possible, but the process was far from over.
Brown would undergo 33 straight days of radiation
therapy over the summer, treatments that nearly
knocked him to his knees every night.
“When they did that to me, when you come home
you find the bed or a couch to lay on. It’s weird,”
But as soon as they were done, there was only one
thing on the coach’s mind.
“I did those 33 days and then it was about that
time to start football up,” Brown said.
Without hesitation, Brown was back on the practice field not missing a beat, and has coached the
past two seasons cancer-free.
He has felt that his willingness to fight has been
reflected through the Pike County team.
“By fighting through it, it was like I was led to help
the guys,” Brown said. “By gosh, it’s time to play and
there’s ways to fight through things and to do the
best you can.”