Brown Deer's Baun runs wild and earns All-Suburban honors
Entertaining QB provided spark for Falcons
The still-being-written story of Brown Deer junior quarterback Zack Baun, he of the 2,000-yards rushing for the season and the 600-plus total yards in the state playoff win at Two Rivers, is much more than just a series of exclamation points and gasps of astonishment after he led the Falcons to a better-than-expected 7-4 mark this fall.
It's a story of a young man finding an athletic home (he's currently having a good time with the Falcons' fast-starting boys basketball team) and maybe finding a sense of place in earning NOW All-Suburban football team honors.
"He's such a better person (than a player)," Falcons coach Rob Green said. "He's down to earth, has good leadership skills and he pays such good attention. He pays attention to everything that's going on. In one game, we need a defensive end for a couple of plays and we put him in there and he gets a sack!"
Baun, who transferred from West Bend last summer was brought into the football program by Green slowly, but very quickly, Green saw the talent that was there. The Colin Kaepernick (his idol), Russell Wilson, RG III-style moves and ability to see the whole field all were right there.
"It turns out that he's a very competitive kid," Green said, "but he smiles a lot, he's a happy kid and he's always ready to go."
Baun agreed after a big effort in a victory against Greenfield, where he turned in late TD runs of 67- and 28-yards, respectively, to rally the Falcons.
"It's been a lot of fun out here, very welcoming," he said. "The football atmosphere is incredible."
For his efforts, Baun also earned All-Woodland Conference Eastern Division as well as All-Region honors.
The signature game was that wild 61-42 win over Two Rivers where he ran for 354 yards and six TDs and passed for 247 yards and three scores.
"Obviously, no one runs a kid for 600 yards in a game unless you absolutely have to," Green said, "but it was incredible. Late in the game, we're trying to kill clock and Zack's popping off these runs for touchdowns.
"All I'm trying to do is provide a spark," Baun said.
Obviously, he has.
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