BREWER, Maine — It’s a matter of time before Logan Rogerson is going to make a game-changing play.
On Friday night, Brewer’s crafty senior rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown and threw for another 172 yards and three more scores, helping the Witches stake their claim to Class B North supremacy with a 34-27 victory over Brunswick at Doyle Field.
“[Rogerson’s] one of the best athletes I’ve ever met,” said Brewer senior Danny Davis. “You get him the ball, he’s going to make something happen. He thrives in clutch situations.”
Rogerson (7-for-11 passing) was the catalyst in a balanced offense for Brewer (5-1), which also played strong defense while handing the Dragons (5-1) their first loss.
Powered by their stout offensive line of Zach Caron, Alex Brooks, Austin Lufkin, Tyler Bean and Jordan Wood, the Witches controlled the ball and scored often.
“Our offensive line played a hell of a game. They made big holes for everybody,” Rogerson said, also crediting backs Dylan Severance (24 carries, 71 yards) and Trey Wood.
Brewer, which amassed 228 rushing yards and 410 total yards, seized the upper hand, scoring twice in the third quarter to take a 28-14 lead.
The hosts needed five plays to score to open the half as Rogerson bolted 41 yards for a touchdown barely two minutes in. He threw to Erick Seekins for the conversion.
Brunswick mounted a nice drive of its own, but lost standout tailback Will Bessey to an injury. The Dragons reached the 13-yard line, but a Thomas Hanson fourth-down pass fell incomplete.
The Witches rallied, covering the 87 yards in only six plays. Rogerson sped 55 yards on an option play to start it, then capped the drive with an 18-yard scoring pass to Tyler Hafford that was tipped by a defender in the end zone.
The Dragons responded with a 16-yard TD toss from Hanson to Corban Teel to get within 28-21, but Brewer mounted another game-clinching drive.
The Witches rode the running of Danny Davis and Dylan Severance to possess the ball for more than six minutes before a 29-yard fourth-down pass from Rogerson to Tyler Friel set up Severance’s 5-yard scoring run that made it 34-21.
“I think ball control had a big part in today,” Arthers said. “We had guys making plays in key situations, and that just boosted us over the top.”
Brunswick scored on Nelson Gay’s 26-yard burst with 21 seconds left, but Brewer recovered the onside kick to ice it.
The Dragons opened the game by going the distance in seven plays. Ben Palizay went around left end for the final 23 yards and Alex Larson added the PAT kick with less than three minutes gone.
Brewer answered with a 13-play drive sparked by Davis’ 31-yard kickoff return. Rogerson’s 14-yard TD pass to Wood and Severance’s conversion rush gave the Witches an 8-7 lead.
Brunswick went on top early in the second quarter after recovering a fumble at the Brewer 31. Hanson scampered 11 yards off the left side and Larson added the kick to make it 14-8.
The Witches countered through the air. Severance took a short throw from Rogerson off the right side and turned it into a 31-yard gain on the first play.
Three plays later, Rogerson threw a screen pass on the left side to Seekins, who was sprung by big blocks by Caron and Wood on his way to a 48-yard touchdown.
The conversion rush failed.