by A.C. Hall
Brewer’s new starting quarterback Chris Gibson is running like a young man with something to prove. Gibson lit the field on fire and left every defender in his rearview mirror on Friday night as he put on a three quarter highlight reel against Western Hills. En route to leading Brewer to a blowout 62 – 10 victory, Gibson ran for a staggering 275 yards and six touchdowns, the highlight being an 88 yard dash. It was a memorable performance by the young quarterback, all done in just three quarters as he sat for the fourth, who undoubtedly now has upcoming opponents looking at game films and scheming up ways to slow him down.
Of course, Gibson was just one of three Bears who ran for more than 100 yards in the contest. Starting running back Keric Burleson also passed the 100 yard mark, showing that when Gibson does decides to hand the ball off there’s another rusher that defenses should fear.
Then there’s backup running back Kelvin Haywood, who in just one quarter of play carried the ball 8 times for 114 yards. Haywood looked like someone who could be starting on most teams in the district, and his presence behind Gibson and Burleson gives the Bears a scary three punch rushing combo that is looking like a beast upcoming teams can only hope to slay.
As fearsome as their running game is looking, Brewer still isn’t inspiring much confidence with their passing game. Gibson finished the night 4 of 6 passing for 90 yards with one interception. Some of the short passes turned into big gains, especially those caught by two way player Robbie Williams, but this is still a team that’s looking like a one dimensional offense early in the season. As the season carries on, opponents are going to start stacking more defenders in the box and playing some smash mouth run defense. This will put the explosive run game to a truer test than we’ve seen in the first few weeks, and it may challenge Gibson to prove he can make the plays with his arm as well as his feet.
But for now, this is a 2 and 0 Brewer Bears squad who are looking mighty impressive so far. The defense played extremely strong in the game, at times employing the “bend but don’t break” philosophy while employing the “don’t even bother to bend” philosophy for most of the night. They were fast, aware, and quick to bring down ball carriers. Defensive standouts on the night were led by Tyler Rainwater, with Hunter Plumlee, Logan Heaslet and Robbie Williams all having strong games as well.
The Bears have gotten off to fast starts in recent seasons, and they’re off to another one here in 2013. They’ll bring their explosive running game back home on Friday night as they take on Arlington Heights at BHS.