BREWER, Maine — Football starts with blocking and tackling.
It was clear on Friday night which team had won the battle of the trenches as Brewer’s big offensive line paved the way for 487 yards of total offense on route to a 28-7 high school win over Camden Hills at Doyle Field.
The rushing attack of Brewer was lead by the senior tandem of Dillon Smith and Brody Valley. Smith finished with 164 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries and Valley had 119 yards and a touchdown on eight carries.
“They [the offensive line] did a nice job and stayed on their blocks, but more than anything, Brody [Valley] and Dillon [Smith] ran real hard,” said Brewer head coach Don Farnham.
Brewer moved the ball almost at will, but shot itself in the foot at times throughout the game. On its first possession, Brewer used its spread offense to open up the field with option plays, screen passes, and quick running back dives that picked up large chunks of yardage. After running back Smith bullied his way to the Camden Hills 20-yard line, a fumbled snap stalled the Witches first drive of the game.
Brewer fumbled the ball twice in the red zone and were penalized six times.
“I was kind of wondering how many feet we could shoot. As a coach it was a very frustrating win, but a win is a win and the kids kept fighting hard,” Farnham said.
After a scoreless first quarter, Brewer started to find its offensive groove three minutes into the second quarter. Brewer’s senior quarterback Chris Miller sprinted to the right side, drawing in two Camden Hills defenders, before making a perfect pitch to Valley who scampered 45 yards down the sideline for the first score of the game.
Miller finished the game 8-of-16 for 48 passing yards.
The next touchdown for Brewer would come in similar fashion. After offensive coordinator Jason Coleman called timeout with four minutes and change remaining while facing a third and five, his offense would deliver. Miller rolled out on a option and perfectly executed the pitch once again, springing Smith for his first touchdown of 64 yards.
“When I get the football I’m just looking for open ground and trying to find the end zone,” said Smith.
Smith punched in another touchdown from 25 yards away three minutes later to give Brewer a 20-0 lead but Camden Hills didn’t back down.
Receiving the ball with just over a minute left in the half the Windjammers looked to their big tight end, senior Conner Graffam, to provide a spark. Facing a third and long with 45 seconds left, Camden Hills freshman quarterback Nike Rozsahegyi dumped the ball off on a screen pass to Graffam who broke three tackles to pick up 21 yards. Two plays later Graffam lined up on the outside and beat the Brewer cornerback for a 30-yard bomb, placing Camden Hills inside of the Brewer 20.
After a pass interference call gave Camden Hills a second chance, Rozsahegyi found senior receiver Coleman Powers for a 6-yard touchdown as time expired. Rozsahegyi finished 14 of 22 for 141 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Graffam was the leading receiver with three catches for 54 yards.
Camden Hills was never able to get anything going in the second half and their lineman continued to get pushed around by Brewer.
“We didn’t know much about them but we did everything to throw them around,” said junior lineman Adam Lufkin.
Brewer added one more score with nine minutes left in the fourth quarter as freshman backup quarterback Logan Rogerson found senior wide receiver Spencer Valley for a 20-yard touchdown along the sideline. Brewer moves to 2-1 and Camden Hills falls to 0-3.