Holden Langston forces Brewer's Brendon DeBerry to fumble in the first quarter of Friday's game. | Brent Maze
Holden Langston forces Brewer's Brendon DeBerry to fumble in the first quarter of Friday's game. | Brent Maze

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Hartselle downs Brewer (with gallery)

Published 12:59am Saturday, August 30, 2014

 Efficient first half allows Tigers to cruise in second half

Jake Tiffin may have had one of his best games of his career in a 35-14 win over Brewer.

The junior finished 11 of 15 for 239 yards with passing and rushing touchdowns.

But he doesn’t care about that.

“The only thing that matters is that we win,” Tiffin said. “None of that other stuff matters.”

The Tigers averaged 12.1 yards per play in the first half, while building a 35-7 halftime advantage. Hartselle outgained Brewer 421-275 for the game.

Head coach Bob Godsey said he saw improvement from Week 1 to Week 2. He also credited Brewer for challenging the Tigers for 60 minutes.

“They threw just about everything and the kitchen sink at us, especially from a blocking perspective,” Godsey said. “We had to adjust on the fly, but that’s something that will help us down the road. I think we grew up a little bit more.”

Brewer coach Dan Styles the Patriots dug themselves a hole in the first half, but he liked the way they competed for the entire game.

“We were disappointed but not dejected,” Styles said. “We kept fighting all the way to the end.”

Hartselle got on the board quickly with Zane Green’s 4-yard touchdown. Cody Salem added the extra point to make it 7-0 with 9:49 left in the first quarter.

Green had a 71-yard run on the second play of the game to set up the touchdown. He finished with 117 yards on just eight carries.

Tiffin added the second touchdown at the 7:15 mark of the first quarter. His 49-yard pass to Tobias Mitchell put Hartselle in the red zone.

Brewer answered with Hunter Swafford’s 14-yard touchdown pass. Weston Green added the extra point, cutting Hartselle’s lead to 14-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Jaylan Jackson extended the lead on a 5-yard rushing touchdown and a 52-yard receiving touchdown.

Zeth Malcolm capped the scoring outburst with a 5-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left before halftime.

Brewer didn’t go away. They took the opening kickoff and drove for a touchdown.

Drew Styles finished the drive with a 14-yard scoring play.

Both defenses bent but didn’t break the rest of the way.

Andrew Nuss helped turn Brewer away on a fourth-down play midway through the fourth quarter.

Nuss got the start in place of Lane Anders, who was held out due to an injury.

“I was excited (when I made the play),” Nuss said about stopping DeBerry in the backfield on fourth-and-2. “It felt really good. It just kind of happened right there in front of me.”

While the Tigers may have missed on a couple of opportunities in the second half, Godsey was pleased that the Tigers were able to ice the game in the fourth quarter.

“When we get to the six-minute mark of the fourth quarter, we want to have a drive with mostly running plays to put the game away,” Godsey said. “We were able to do that.”

Drew Styles led Brewer with 89 yards on 17 carries while DeBerry had 87 on 13 carries.

Tobias also led all receivers with 98 yards on four catches.

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