FORT WORTH - For the first twelve minutes of the game, it appeared the White Settlement Brewer Bears (1-1) were on their way to another dismal performance. Last week penalties, turnovers and mental errors cost Brewer big time and it looked to be that way once again this week.
However, after a sloppy first quarter marred by two turnovers inside the opponents red zone and multiple penalties, Brewer ripped off 55 straight points in the final three quarters to roll past the Fort Worth Western Hills Cougars (0-2) 55-14 Thursday night at Clark Stadium. The win for Brewer was their first under new head coach Wade Griffin who took over at Brewer after a successful run at Elgin in Central Texas.
Brewer was led by junior signal caller Brian Kueck who passed for 289 yards and four touchdowns,
Brian Lopez was his favorite target hauling in four passes for 130 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Brewer's offense rolled up 548 yards from scrimmage for the evening. Junior RB Jameson Carson who didn't play in the first quarter did plenty of damage as well with 92 rushing yards on just nine carries and two scores.
Despite controlling the action for the first quarter, Brewer trailed the Cougars 7-0 as Western Hills DB Brandon Fields scooped up a Brewer fumble and sprinted 37 yards to the end zone to give WHHS an early 7-0 lead. Brewer shot themselves in the foot with two turnovers in the Western Hills red zone, which prevented the Bears from breaking through to tie things up.
The second quarter was a different story as Brewer cleaned things up, tying the game on a 17 yard touchdown pass from Kueck to Lopez. After forcing a quick three and out, the Bears took the lead for good on a 25 yard darting touchdown run by Carson. Brewer would begin to pull away as Kueck hooked up with Alex Ramirez for touchdown passes on consecutive offensive plays to extend the lead to 27-7. The first score was an 18 yard pass with Ramirez wide open in the middle of the field, after forcing a Western Hills three and out, Ramirez again got behind the Western Hills secondary for a 51 yard touchdown reception on the first play of the ensuing Brewer drive.
Western Hills, which has lost 13 consecutive games dating back to 2012 didn't help their cause as the Cougars accounted for 21 penalties for 163 yards.