BHS hopes to set new trend

Cody McKee
Special to the Enquirer

After long periods of losing seasons, the Brewer Patriots are ready to start making a new trend.

The Patriots are now attempting to turn the corner by setting the new trend in winning. A 2-8 would sour most.

However, the 5A school from East Morgan County has thrived on taking that sour taste out of its mouth. The Patriots have a large number of returning starters coming back to work for some wins.

Like most teams across the country, it all starts with the quarterback. Like most you would hope that your quarterback has some experience and for the Patriots rising junior Benjamin Griffin does. The athletic signal caller is hoping to come in and replace a quarterback who looked strong in the offense during the latter part of the season. He led the Patriots running and throwing the ball and hooking up with another class of 2015 athlete Brendan Deberry who is coming off an impressive 2012 campaign. The five-foot six-inch speedster is hoping for another breakout year and help the patriots win.

Lining up on the outside is a combination of size and speed. The tall and lanky junior Nick Humphries provides a tough match up and he excels at making tough catches in tight spaces. Humphries provides a spark and has the ability to block to go along with his catching ability. To counter Humphries, senior Louis Daughette will see action on both sides of the ball. While on offense, #5 made some plays in space and sets up well while working with Deberry. Having these three will come in handy since the lack of depth at tight end will lead to more touches for #3, #5 and #13 from Griffin. All eyes will be on them to see how they respond from a solid 2012 campaign.

With a returning tail back in TJ Morrow and full back Nathan Stewart the run game is set to make up for what was lost in the earlier part of last season with the absence of Morrow due to injury. The two seniors should provide the punch and tempo needed to close out games over the year.

With the loss of only two lineman from a year ago and a platoon system that was in play, the line was set to go and be steady heading into summer. However, with a sudden loss of two-year starter Chipper Taylor that came to a halt. With junior Tyler Childers anchoring the line, Brewer will have to overcome the loss of now three starters from a season ago and continue the strong run game that was established.

For the Patriot’s defense, adding a couple of coaches may lead to more success this season. Adding assistant head coach Mark Edwards will bring even more experience to the staff that they hope will lead to more production.

Despite bringing back a lot of production from last season, the Patriots are still trying to answer questions that have been asked over and over again? they can play to the level of the competition on the defensive side of the ball. However, the addition in strength, speed and confidence should do the trick in the mind of the head coach. The Patriots are returning most of their starters in the secondary that is led by sophomore Drew Styles who was very productive in his first high school season a year ago. Versatile guys like Louis Daughette and Nick Humphries can play on the defense as well.

Moving rising senior Jade Blocker to linebacker has left some questions up front. However, the Patriots coaching staff believes that they can overcome the lack of experience and create havoc. Levi Johnson leads the way upfront as they replace all three starters with Blockers’ move to linebacker.

Styles said they showed improvements on both sides in the spring, but still need to strive to be even better coming into this fall.

The Patriots take the field at James R. Tucker Stadium against West Point and will alter home and away games every other game matching up with region opponent Boaz for week two. Styles and company will have tough opponents like Fort Payne and Arab on the road. However, they catch a break and get region games Etowah and Southside-Gadsden at home. West Point, Vinemont and Priceville are the Patriots other non-region matchups for the 2013 season.

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