JACKSON TWP — C.J. Brown gave his younger brother, Jordan, something to shoot for.
The bull’s-eye on that target — becoming the most prolific passer in Seneca Valley football history — may have seemed small to Jordan as a sophomore just two short years ago.
But the younger Brown met the challenge and continues to raise the bar for future quarterbacks at the school.
During this season, Jordan has surpassed two passing records once held by his older sibling, now a quarterback at the University of Maryland.
Prior to 2012, both were tied for the school’s career touchdown passes mark with 25, but Jordan’s 15 scoring strikes so far this season have pushed the standard to 40 entering the WPIAL Quad A playoffs.
The Raiders’ current signal caller’s 1,359 yards passing this year give him a total of 4,885 for his career. C.J. Brown graduated high school in 2009 with 3,847.
Jordan’s assault on the record book actually began last season when his 2,271 yards through the air broke his brother’s previous single-season mark of 2,154 (2008).
“C.J. did a tremendous job here and set the bar pretty high,” Jordan said. “When he was playing in high school, I was in seventh and eighth grade and I really looked up to him.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet that I have all of those records, maybe in a few years it will,” he added. “Statistics aren’t all that important to me. If we get to Heinz Field this season (for the WPIAL Quad A title game), now that will be something I’ll never forget.”
Jordan Brown began playing football in sixth grade and was a quarterback right from the start.
“I just like the challenges and the leadership role the position brings,” he said. “You always have the ball in your hands and I like to get the ball to our other playmakers.”
In the fall of 2010, Jordan was the backup to starter Donny Holl. But when Holl was injured and lost for the season in a defeat at McKeesport, Brown took over.
Despite his inexperience at the varsity level, he threw for over 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns while starting just five games.
“That season helped me tremendously,” Jordan said. “I played in a lot of big section games that year. It was after that season that I thought I might have a chance to break C.J.’s records.”
Brown’s numbers improved as a junior and more importantly, so did the team’s record. The Raiders went from 3-6 and missing the playoffs in 2010 to 8-3 and a trip to the district quarterfinals last season, SV’s best campaign in nine years.
Now a senior, Brown is counted on to be a leader within a sophisticated offensive scheme, one that uses a no-huddle approach. He’s done so while leading the Raiders to an 8-1 record. The only SV team to turn in a better regular season was the 1995 squad (9-1).
“With all of the experience I have, Coach (Don) Holl has given me a lot more responsibility,” said Brown. “Our offense is not that hard to explain, but it is hard to execute.”
Brown has also improved his ball security, throwing 15 touchdowns this year to just two interceptions.
“A lot of it comes down to his maturity and time on the job,” said Holl. “He rarely forces the ball and knows the importance of possession.”
“Coach Holl has helped me with a lot of the reads,” said Brown. “I just need to be smart with the ball.”
It is often said that the most important statistic associated with a quarterback is his record. Brown is 17-8 as a starter and 16-4 since the start of his junior season.
“People talk about Ben Roethlisberger and his knack for winning games,” said Holl. “We’re winning games with Jordan at quarterback.”