by A.C. Hall
Friday night’s varsity football game at Brewer High School had dual importance. First, it was the opening contest in the district portion of the team’s schedule. While the Bears have looked good in their three pre-district games, it’s these next seven district contests that will determine if they finally break the long standing post season drought. Secondly, the game on Friday night was homecoming. Fans packed the stadium to celebrate what turned out to be a nice Brewer victory.
The opponent for the night was the Wichita Falls Coyotes, a team that’s had a dismal start to their season. The Coyotes came into the game with 0 wins, 3 losses and an offense that hasn’t been able to do much this year. Brewer’s defense was more than up to the challenge, keeping the Coyotes offense bottled up for almost the entire game.
In the first half, Brewer’s own offense didn’t show many signs of life, either. After a failed early fourth down attempt in the first quarter ended a potential scoring drive, the Bears offense stalled out. The teams traded punts for much of the first half. Luckily, Brewer running back Bryce Miller provided a much needed spark, helping the Bears take a 6 – 0 lead into halftime.
Things picked up in the second half right away as Brewer’s return man Brian Lopez received a kickoff from the Coyotes. Catching the kick on the 9 yard line, Lopez exploded upfield, finding a hole and darting through it. When a Coyotes defender made contact with him about 70 yards later, Lopez nearly lost his balance, but was able to stay on his feet and score a thrilling 91 yard kick return touchdown. That put the Bears up 13 – 0.
As the Brewer defense continued to dominate the Coyotes ineffective offense, Brewer running back Jameson Carson started heating up. Carson played smash mouth football, running again and again for short yardage gains. It was an impressive display that ate up a ton of clock and kept the Bears slowly but surely marching down the field.
The final score in the contest was Brewer 20, Wichita Falls 0. Carson finished the game with 115 yards on 27 carries, while Miller finished with 91 yards on 10 carries. With several off target throws and dropped passes, the Bears passing game didn’t add much to the contest. Quarterback Brian Kueck finished the game completing 6 of his 13 passes for only 38 yards.
Starting out district play with a victory is a huge deal, but the team left some points out on the field. Brewer’s offense was plagued with penalties, racking up false starts left and right. By the end of the game the team had been penalized 11 times for 65 yards.
Brewer currently sits atop the district standings with their 1 and 0 district record, and they’ll head to Chisholm Trail this Friday night in search of another win. Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.