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Brewer keeps playoff hopes alive

Published 11:23am Friday, October 4, 2013

Cody McKee
Special to the Enquirer

Brendon Deberry exploded on an 82-yard touchdown on a busted play to help the Brewer Patriots defeat the Columbia Eagles 14-10, guaranteeing Brewer three wins for the first time since 2007.

All of Brewer’s 14 points all came in the first half. Deberry and Drew Styles created a bulk of the yardage adding 87 from the sophomore Styles with Deberry making up 102 on only 5 carries and one touchdown.

Nathan Stewart ran over a couple of Columbia defenders on an impressive 16-yard touchdown late in the second quarter. He added a two-point conversion to finish off the scoring for Brewer (3-3, 2-2).

Columbia answered with a field goal late in the first quarter to cut the lead to 14-3.

The Eagles of Columbia added another strike on a 47-yard touchdown pass down the sideline and dropped the lead to four.

The second half was full of missed opportunities for both teams, but TJ Morrow was able to help the Patriots finish off the hometown Eagles with a fourth-and-one conversion with a minute to play.

Coach Dan Styles complimented the win as something that “we needed.”

“The best part about this is seeing them see the turn around,” Styles said. “Most of our response came from negative events, but our response this week was coming off a 61-6 victory.”

After having a big game on the night Deberry complimented his team for coming along well and buying in and making it known that the Patriots are “just taking it one game at a time” with a tough three-game stretch coming up with Scottsboro at home next Friday night.

The Patriots will need to win two of the next three to possibly earn a playoff berth.

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