by A.C. Hall
Those with heart conditions or weak constitutions might’ve found themselves feeling light headed on Friday night as the Bears were pushed to the absolute limit in Burleson. After a fast start to the game, Brewer fell behind before getting back into the game and taking it to a thrilling overtime finish.
After two games in which Brewer had a whole host of players run the ball, it was all about Jameson Carson in week three. Carson’s monstrous game got underway quickly, as he broke free for a 69-yard run for a touchdown on the first drive to give the Bears an early 7 – 0 lead.
Burleson answered with an impressive touchdown rush of their own, as their quarterback Preston Paden broke a 47-yard run to tie the game at 7. Not to be outdone, Carson responded with a 74-yard touchdown rush, putting Brewer back on top and pushing his total yards over 100 just a few short minutes into the game. The Bears added a 41 yard touchdown pass from Brian Kueck to El Ferris “All the Way” Bey to move their lead to 20 – 7.
The explosive start to the game for the Bears cooled off a bit at this point, as Burleson went on a scoring run of their own. Taking advantage of three straight Brewer punts, Burleson was able to score two touchdowns to close out the first half. This allowed them to take a 21 – 20 lead into halftime.
On their first possession of the second half, Burleson was able to score a third unanswered touchdown as Paden broke free on yet another big rush. A missed extra point made it Burleson 27, Brewer 20.
The Bears needed their offense to get back to scoring, and that’s exactly what they did. Carson continued to run great on a drive that was capped by another Kueck touchdown throw, this one to Adrian Pena. That score tied the game back at 27 – 27.
As this wild shootout continued, Burleson responded with another touchdown, again missing an extra point to take a 33 – 27 lead. On the mighty legs of Carson, Brewer answered with a 42-yard rushing touchdown, hitting their extra point to make it Brewer 34, Burleson 33. The Bears would add one more touchdown in the fourth quarter to push their lead to 41 – 33.
With time dwindling Burleson not only had to get a touchdown of their own, but they also needed a 2 point conversion to force the game into overtime. They barely converted a fourth down play to keep the drive alive before hitting their much needed touchdown. The fate of the game hinged on Burleson’s 2 point conversion try, but when that succeeded it put the score at 41 – 41 and pushed the game into overtime.
Faced with a fourth down decision, the team gave the ball to Carson, who got them the first down and much more. Carson would punch it in for a touchdown a few plays later to make it Brewer 48, Burleson 41.
Looking to answer with a touchdown of their own, Burleson fell victim to the defense of the Bears. Brewer was able to force and recover a fumble, ending the game and delivering the 48 – 41 victory for the Bears.
Bear fans waiting to see which one of their legion of running backs was going to step up can stop waiting, as Carson had a dominating night. On 31 rushing attempts, Carson piled up 324 yards and 4 touchdowns. That gives him a staggering 10.45 yards per attempt on the night. If Carson can continue to find this kind of success moving forward, Brewer’s chances at the playoffs will be a little brighter than they were before.
Speaking of playoffs, the march towards the post season now begins for Brewer. After going 2 and 1 in pre-district play, the team enters into the all important district schedule. These are the games that determine who goes to the playoffs and who stays home. Brewer is off next week, but they’ll kickoff their district campaign at home on September 25. That game is also homecoming, making it a great time to come out and support the Bears.