Brewer Patriots fall to Arab

Patrick Patterson

Special to the Enquirer

First half lead changes, big plays and second half drama filled James R. Tucker Stadium Friday night as the Brewer Patriots fell to Arab 30-24.

Arab received the kick-off and put together a 71 yard, 4:53 drive to the Patriot 12. Brewer’s defense rallied and Arab’s Drew Hudson hit a 29-yard field goal to give the Knights an early 3-0 lead.

After another three and out by Brewer, Arab took over on the Patriot 48 but was unable to sustain a drive and was forced to punt. Brewer’s Blake Borden caught the shanked punt in full stride and ran 52 yards to glory. The PAT was no good and the Patriots took the lead 6-3.

On the ensuing kick-off, Arab began from the 33 and drove 67-yards, capping off the 3:36 drive with a 14-yard touchdown run by Will Spencer. The first quarter ended with Arab leading 10-6 over the Patriots.

Brewer began the second quarter on the 14 and answered the bell by driving 86 yards and scoring on a Cole Weaver 3-yard dive, regaining the lead 13-10.

After an Arab punt, Brewer fumbled on the 29. Arab capitalized and seven plays later found the end zone on a 14-yard pass to Josh Watson.

The first half ended with Brewer trailing 17-13.

Brewer began the second half at the 29.  After three plays, Arab blocked the punt and returned the ball to the Brewer 15.  Arab’s Russell Brazelton scored on the next play and the Knights took a 24-13 lead with 9:20 remaining in the third quarter.

However, the Patriots were not finished.

Brewer’s Matthew Murphy cut the score to 24-16 by kicking a 36-yard field goal with 6:54 left in the third quarter.

The Patriot defense came alive, first by forcing Arab to punt on the next possession, then by refusing to budge on fourth down when they found themselves with Arab challenging from the 21.

The third quarter ended 24-16.

After Arab took a 30-16 lead with 7:35 remaining in the game on a 2-yard run by Jason Byrd, Brewer

answered with a 73-yard drive resulting in a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Cole Weaver. Luke Nail connected with Jonathan Holmes for the 2-point conversion and the Patriots trailed 30-24 with 4:15 remaining.

With time running out, the Patriot defense rose to the occasion and held Arab on fourth down. Brewer took over on downs on the 48 with only 0:52 remaining. After two tremendous runs by Jonathan Holmes, Brewer found itself on the Arab 16 with 0:13 left. As Brewer QB spiked the ball, a flag was thrown. Arab players fell on the spiked ball and assumed it was a fumble. Chaos ensued. After at least 5 minutes of deliberation, Brewer was assessed a 5-yard penalty and possession of the ball. Two plays later the game ended with Arab escaping with a 30-24 victory.

The Patriots finished with 324 yards of total offense; rushing for 211 yards on 33 carries, while completing 14 of 24 pass attempts for 113 yards through the air. Quarterback Luke Nail rushed 17 times for 103 yards and completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 106 yards. Jonathan Holmes rushed 10 times for 78 yards and John Graves had 4 receptions totaling 45 yards.

Brewer Patriots (1-5) will travel to Fort Payne (0-5) Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.

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