Marone Brown, Class of 1991

Pure athleticism mixed with versatility, physicality and smarts took Marone Brown — now Marone Brown, Ph.D. — to the pinnacle of success at Kent County High School. His resume includes being the starting goalie on the Trojans’ 1989 state championship lacrosse team and the starting quarterback on the 1990 state championship football team.

He played on both sides of the ball in football, and was the backup quarterback on the 1989 state championship team.

All told, Marone ’91 earned nine varsity letters in football, basketball and lacrosse.

He played all three sports, on either the varsity or junior varsity level, in each of his four years as a Trojan.

Marone was only a sophomore when he helped Kent County win its only state title in lacrosse.

Coach Dennis Seip said his net-minder had the ability to change the complexion of a game because of his versatility. “He has great stickwork, will come out of the cage and run the ball (as the second fastest player on the team) and won’t think twice of leveling someone if the need arises.”

That last bit, about putting someone on the ground, played out in the 1989 state championship game when Kent dethroned defending king Hereford, 8-6. With less than eight minutes remaining in the closely contested game, Marone was sent to the penalty box for an illegal body check. It was either that, or let the opponent score.

Marone came up huge with 15 saves in that game, well above his season average of 9.3.

His composure, confidence and skills were key as Kent finished 14-0, after having been 0-13 just four years earlier.

Marone was the MVP on the 1991 team that went 11-2 and won a region title before bowing out in the state semifinals. He allowed only 38 goals, while making 107 saves.

Before the school year was out, he was crowned prom king.

After playing behind future Hall of Fame quarterback Jimmy Connolley for two years, Marone took over as signal caller for the 1990 football team’s highly regarded Wing T offense. He and 17 others returned from the 12-1 state championship team of ’89.

Coach Len Smith’s assessment of the 5-foot-11, 200-pound senior was akin to what coach Seip had said of his goalie: he can run, throws the ball well and gets the job done.

But despite all the talent and experience that suited up for the Class 1A Trojans in 1990, they struggled in the second half of the regular season, losing three games in a row to larger Class 2A opponents to finish a modest 6-4.

They qualified for the state tournament, but as a lower seed would have to travel.

With a backfield of Shonteze “Roscoe” Freeman, Ronnie “Ratbone” Turner and Wayne “Stump” Lee and an able-bodied quarterback, Kent’s ground game asserted itself in the postseason.

Kent eliminated Easton in the opening round, 24-9, with Marone rushing for 76 yards on 12 carries.

In a 33-13 upset of top-seeded Owings Mills in the semifinals, Marone completed five of seven passes for 75 yards — including a 58-yard scoring strike to Sidney Newnam — and rushed for 43 yards on eight carries.

The title game, a rematch of Kent’s 23-0 rout of Smithsburg the year before, was played in the afternoon at High Point High School in Prince George’s County. The field was awful, full of ruts and littered with broken glass, and the only grass was on the sideline areas.

Marone masterfully rallied Kent to an 8-7 victory, leading a nine-play, 74-yard drive that chewed up 3 minutes and 6 seconds of the fourth quarter. The key play was Marone’s 15-yard jaunt on a bootleg. He finished with 31 yards on nine carries.

Upon graduation from KCHS, Marone matriculated to Harford Community College, where he played lacrosse for one year, before moving on to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UMES in criminal justice/criminology, another master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in clinical psychology and then a doctorate in educational psychology from Drexel University.

For the last four years he has been employed with Prince George’s County Public Schools as a school psychologist. He previously spent five years with the Maryland State Department of Education and 15 years with the Department of Juvenile Services.

He also maintains a private counseling and consulting practice in Baltimore.

Marone lives in York, Pennsylvania.

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