It was late in the fourth quarter last Friday and Brownwood was staring at an unthinkable 0-3 start to its season. Enter Lions quarterback Chris Keesee, who engineered what just might turn out to be a season-saver. He led the Lions on a 66-yard drive in just over a minute to pull out a 46-43 homecoming triumph over Snyder. The teams scored four TDs in the final four minutes and there were eight lead changes-all in the second half. Keesee, unflappable as always, delivered 24 completions for 423 yards and four TDs, including three to wide receiver Connor Howard. After three games, he’s connected on 74% of his throws for 999 yards and eight scores, giving the Lions hope.
The 6-0, 170-pound Keesee comes from great football bloodlines. His dad, Aaron, quarterbacked Texas Tech. Though he focuses on football, he also runs track in the spring. Chris is just as adept in the classroom, holding an A average. He also spends time reading to Brownwood elementary school children, volunteering at a local nursing home and staying active with the FCA.
“Chris takes command on the field; all his teammates look to him for leadership,” says Coach Chuck Howard. “We changed our offense to Pro-Style and it has benefited his game. No matter what the situation-and last week’s game was a great example-he stays cool, calm and collected. He really gets us rolling!”