BREWER — Brewer took advantage of seven Belfast turnovers Friday night en route to a 46-18 high school football victory in front of a large homecoming crowd at Doyle Field.
Senior running backs Dillon Smith and Brody Valley provided the offensive firepower for Brewer, combining for six touchdowns and rushing for 227 yards for the 4-2 Witches.
Belfast (2-4) was missing key players due to injury and suspensions and proved to be no match for Brewer’s relentless attack.
“It was a good win for our program. They had some issues on their team and some starters did not play, but it was important for us to play well for all four quarters,” said Brewer head coach Don Farnham.
Brewer would be quick to jump on Belfast, using the shotgun formation to spread the Lions out and find quick holes for their running backs. On the fourth play from scrimmage, Valley received the quick handoff and made one cut before sprinting 32 yards for the first touchdown of the game, giving Brewer the early 6-0 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the first quarter.
Belfast fumblef on its first play from scrimmage, giving the ball back to Brewer on the 24-yard line. Brewer was unable to punch it in, but took advantage of the field position battle.
A few minutes later, backed up deep in their own territory, the Lions had their punt blocked by two hustling Brewer players and Smith to fall on it in the end zone to give Brewer the 12-0 lead with 3:10 left in the first quarter.
The special-teams play seem to energize the Brewer sidelines.
“We have a pretty good team, but sometimes we don’t play with emotion. I think today because it was homecoming we really played with emotion and we put some things in on special teams to score points and we are happy how the kids reacted,” said Farnham.
The two-headed rushing attack started to take over for Brewer.
An interception by senior linebacker Jesse Boucher gave the ball to Brewer on the 27-yard line. After a fumbled snap led to a 3rd-and-20, Brewer elected to run the ball, catching the Lions off guard as Smith scampered for 25 yards on a dive up the middle.
Valley (157 yards, 12 carries) scored his second touchdown of the game on the following play, punching it in from five yards out. After the extra point by senior Evan Lacy, Brewer led 19-0 with just over 10 minutes to play in the second quarter.
“Brody is a run-right-over-you type of runner while Dillon jukes a little bit, gets lost in a pile, then comes out of that pile running,” said Farnham.
After another Belfast fumble, Brewer took over at midfield with a little more than seven minutes to play in the second quarter. On the third play of the possession, Valley broke loose, running for the 45-yard touchdown, his third of the half.
Brewer would continue to dominate the entire game. Belfast was able to score with 30 seconds left in the first half, but senior Spencer Valley returned the ensuing kickoff 89 yards to the 3-yard line allowing Brewer to put the game out of reach by halftime.
“We have never played a more emotional game,” said Valley.
Brewer freshman quarterback Logan Rogerson would finish the game 4-of-12 passing for 130 yards. Rogerson’s top receiver, Spencer Valley, had two catches for 98 yards and Smith finished with 70 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns.
Belfast threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball four times in the loss.