Brewer falls to a bigger, faster Oxford team, 42-7

Mike Easterling

Special to the Enquirer

Oxford brought a combination that Brewer simply didn’t have an answer for Friday night in high school football action.

“They’re big, strong and fast,’’ Patriots coach Geoff Walters said after a 42-7 loss to the Yellow Jackets in the Class 6A, Region 8 opener for both teams.

Oxford, ranked fourth in the state entering the game, improved to 3-0 overall. Brewer fell to 2-1.

“That’s a good team,’’ Walters said. “I predict they’ll make a big run the in the playoffs.’’

Official ran the clock without stoppage in the second half after both coaches agreed with Oxford leading 42-0 at halftime.

“I was proud of the effort,’’ Walters said. “We’ll learn from this and move on. I don’t think we cashed it in when we could have in the second half. We probably don’t have one player who could start for them.’’

Brewer immediately tried to push the loss from memory to get ready for a Friday road trip to Albertville with its goal of making the playoffs still intact. The Aggies are also 2-1 overall and 0-1 in region play.

“It’s already behind us,’’ junior defensive back Lehmon Cobb said of the loss. “We’re moving on to next week. We’ve got to put it behind us and focus on Albertville.’’

The Aggies are coming off a 31-9 loss to Cullman.

“Oxford has a good program and we’re trying to become a good program,’’ Walters said. “Our goal hasn’t changed and that’ to get better every week.

Patriots senior quarterback Zack Self said the team will continue to chase the school’s first winning season and first playoff berth since 1999.

“We’ve just got to correct all the things we did wrong and fix them,’’ he said. “We’re changing this program.’’

Brewer won its first two games for the first time since 2005.

Oxford started the scoring against Brewer when Abram Peoples threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Caden Higgins early in the opening quarter.

The Yellow Jackets made it 14-0 with 33 seconds left in the first on the strength of Tyetus Smith Lindsey’s 3-yard burst.

Peoples, who has battled rib and knee injuries, retired to the sideline for the rest of the game.

In the second quarter, Oxford got a 31-yard touchdown by Brody Syer, a 6-yard TD run by Lindsey, a 32-yard scoring reception from Antwon Figgins and a 14-yard TD run by Lindsey.

Brewer got a 9-yard touchdown run by Zack as the clock ran out on the fourth quarter.

The Patriots now hit the road for the first time this season looking to avenge a 42-7 loss to the Aggies last season. Brewer is 1-6 all time against Albertville and last defeated the Aggies in 1999.

“Whether it’s a win or loss it doesn’t change what I’ve been telling them,’’ Walters said. “Your most improvement come in the first three or four weeks.’’

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