by A.C. Hall
The best way to get over a bad loss is with a big win and that’s exactly what the Brewer Bears accomplished on Friday night. Welcoming in the Western Hills Cougars to Brewer Stadium, the Bears put on an offensive fireworks show while the Bears defense shut out the Cougars.
The star of the night was the Brewer running game. After struggling to get a few runners over 50 yards rushing for the entire game in week one, the Bears had four rushers over 50 yards on Friday. Tre Johnson led the pack with 100 yards and 1 touchdown on 8 carries, followed closely by Curtis Taylor who had 84 yards and 1 touchdown on 11 carries and Jameson Carson who had 76 yards and 1 touchdown on 15 carries. Jarrett Morse carried the ball 8 times for 60 yards and 2 touchdowns. A total of nine different Bears carried the ball in the game as the team racked up 400 yards rushing on the night.
In stark contrast to this, the Cougars total rushing for the game was negative 22 yards. Time after time the Brewer defense shut down runs in the backfield, piling up the negative plays that led to the dismal total for Western Hills. One standout on the Brewer defense was Jett Reed. Seemingly camped in the Cougars backfield, Reed stopped several running plays and also tormented the opposing quarterback throughout the night.
Brewer spent some time trying to get their passing attack going in the first half. After a great start that saw several big completions, the aerial onslaught fell apart. Quarterback Brian Kueck had a long string of incompletions to close out the first half. Some of those were due to dropped passes by receivers, but whatever the reason, the passing game of the Bears remains a question mark and arguably one of the team’s big vulnerabilities as they prepare to move into district play in a few short weeks.
The impressive contest ended with a score of Brewer 48, Western Hills 0. This win was exactly what the team needed and should erase the big loss the Bears suffered in week one. The final non-district game will be held this Friday night in Burleson as the Bears look to close out the first part of their schedule on a winning streak.