by A.C. Hall
After getting off to a hot start in district play the Brewer Bears have now lost two straight games to move their district record to 2 wins and 2 losses. On Friday the Bears traveled to Boswell and for two quarters of play looked to be perfectly matched with the Pioneers. However, the second half was a disaster for the Bears as Boswell scored 28 unanswered points in the third quarter en route to a Boswell 52, Brewer 24 final score.
For the second week in a row the Brewer passing game was all but forgotten. Quarterback Brian Kueck completed just 4 passes in the game for a total of 83 yards and also threw two interceptions. With such a low passing threat, the Boswell defense was able to commit to stopping the run. This blunted the explosive Brewer rushing attack and for the first time in district play the Bears failed to have a back rush for over 100 yards.
Defensively, the Bears couldn’t stop the Pioneers from getting massive gains with both passing and rushing. The Brewer defense has been good all year at not giving up big plays, but this makes two weeks in a row that they’ve given up over 50 points to their opponents. Considering the fact that the Brewer defense gave up just 80 points over the first five games of the season, the 102 they’ve given up in the last two weeks is even more noteworthy. While some of the increase in scoring is certainly due to the higher level of talent the Bears have faced in recent weeks, they’ll still need to tighten up the defense if they hope to contend for the playoffs and make any progress in the postseason.
The loss is another blow to the Bears who now face some key games going into the final three weeks of the season. The good news is that all the top teams in the district have continuously beat one another, keeping any one school from pulling too far ahead. The Bears sit in fifth place in the district standings, one spot out of playoff contention with their 2 and 2 record. However, there is a four team tie for first place, with Boswell, Denton, Wichita Falls Rider, and Azle all sitting at 3 wins and 1 loss. This logjam of teams at the top of the standings means that despite losing two in a row, Brewer sits just one game out of first place.
Sweeping their final three games would almost certainly guarantee Brewer a spot in the post season, but they’ve got another tough test in front of them Friday night against Wichita Falls Rider. If the Bears can’t stop the losing streak here then they’re going to face a pressure filled uphill battle in the last two weeks of the season to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Kickoff is at 7:00 pm this Friday night at Brewer High School.