Zac Self leads Brewer to win over Westminster

Patrick Patterson

Hartselle Enquirer

 

Faith. Hard work. Process. These three words, combined with a career performance by a junior quarterback, highlighted an evening that ended with the visiting Brewer Patriots (1-1) defeating the Westminster Wildcats 56-27 at Earl Van Dyke Stadium.

After lightning postponed the game on Friday night, many Patriot fans elected not to return to Westminster on Saturday night. Those who made the return trip, witnessed a career effort by Brewer’s Junior quarterback Zac Self.  Self, listed amassed 7 touchdowns for the Patriots, passing for 4 touchdowns, completing 17 of 24 for 242 yards through the air. Self found the mark with touchdown completions of 20 yards to D.J. Hyatt, 24-yards to Jared Holmes, 43-yards to John Graves and 53-yards to Blake Borden. On the ground, Self produced 134 yards on 14 carries, highlighted by touchdown runs of 22, 7 and 13 bringing his game total to 376 yards.

Second year Patriot head coach Geoff Walters praised his junior quarterback. “Zac had the hot hand. He had success early, and that always helps your confidence. I’m really proud of how he performed and how he ran the offense. He did a great job.” “You gotta give it all to the O-line,” said Self. “They took care of me, and the receivers caught the ball. I just did my best and did what I could.”

Senior Patriot running back Jonathan Holmes contributed 107-yards of offense with 50 yards receiving and by rushing for 57-yards on 11 carries. After the game, Coach Walters praised Holmes. “He’s tough. Jonathan is the only guy that plays a significant amount of time on both sides of the ball. He has the heart of a lion.  He’s one of our two team captains and carries that torch well.”

When asked to comment on the victory, Holmes replied, “We’ve got to keep the faith. We have to keep fighting. We can’t let up.”

The Patriots finished with 466 yards of total offense; rushing for 224 yards on 37 carries, while completing 17 of 24 pass attempts for 242 yards through the air. The Patriots compiled 21 first downs while holding the Wildcats offense to only 11.

Westminster put together 274 yards of total offense, with 155 of those yards producing three touchdown receptions of 57, 69 and 29 yards for WR Jeremiah Childs from Wildcat QB Larkin Ison.

“It’s been a lot of hard work,” said Walters. “These kids have worked tremendously hard. We have continued to have faith that we can win. Our hard work paid off in the fourth quarter tonight. We know it’s a process and it’s not a short process. The culture has to change first, then the wins will come. We’re going to continue to work hard and fight to the last second of every game.”

The Brewer Patriots (1-1) will visit Oxford (2-0) to begin 6A Region 7 play Friday night..

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