Brewer out-muscles Azle to turn back Hornets, Bears stay perfect in district play

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Montrail Cushionberry couldn’t be stopped.

The Brewer running back ran for over 290 yards and two touchdowns, and the Bears scored three times in the fourth quarter to beat Azle on the road, 42-27 Friday night.

The win pushed Brewer’s mark to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in District 3-5A Division 1 while Azle dropped to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in district. It also snapped Azle’s 19-game home winning streak.

Leading by 23-21, the Bears scored 13 straight points on a Jaylen Spriggs’ 1-yard run and a Cushionberry 14-yard run, the latter coming at the 3:29 mark of the fourth quarter.

Cushionberry’s score came on a drive that was extended thanks to an Azle offsides penalty during a Brewer field goal attempt. The Bears were leading by eight.

Spriggs added a touchdown run late.

Brewer’s Montrail Cushionberry, right breaks the tackle of Azle’s Triton Towner to run 25 yards into the endzone to tie 7-7, in the first quarter of their district 3-5A Division 1 football game Friday, October 22, 2021 at Hornet Stadium in Azle, Texas. Special/Bob Haynes
Brewer’s Montrail Cushionberry, right breaks the tackle of Azle’s Triton Towner to run 25 yards into the endzone to tie 7-7, in the first quarter of their district 3-5A Division 1 football game Friday, October 22, 2021 at Hornet Stadium in Azle, Texas. Special/Bob Haynes
Brewer’s Will Washington, front makes the 36 yard catch over Azle’s Jack Jestis for the touchdown to take a 21-7 lead in the second quarter of their district 3-5A Division 1 football game Friday, October 22, 2021 at Hornet Stadium in Azle, Texas. Special/Bob Haynes
Brewer’s Will Washington, front makes the 36 yard catch over Azle’s Jack Jestis for the touchdown to take a 21-7 lead in the second quarter of their district 3-5A Division 1 football game Friday, October 22, 2021 at Hornet Stadium in Azle, Texas. Special/Bob Haynes

Azle, No. 4 in the Star-Telegram 5A area rankings, came out on fire on the game’s opening drive. Quarterback Chris Lee connected with Bernock Iya for a 65-yard gain down to the Brewer 1 and one play later, the Hornets scored on a Mason Wyble run.

After punting on its opening drive, Brewer started to find a groove on its second drive.

Cushionberry took the first play and darted 56 yards from the Brewer 17 to the Azle 27. Two plays later, the ball went back to the big running back, who scored from 25 yards out that tied the game at 7-7 with 4:32 left in the first quarter.

The Hornets struggled on offense for the rest of the first half with a punt and turnover on downs during their next two possessions.

Brewer, No. 5 in the 5A area rankings, stuffed a run attempt on a fourth-and-1 at the Bears 15. Then Brewer marched down field to take its first lead of the game.

The Bears went 85 yards on 10 plays, capped off with a 1-yard scoring run from Kay’Den Brooks for a 14-7 lead with 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

Brewer had a chance to extend the lead after driving inside the Azle 5, but it fumbled and Luke Briseno recovered for the Hornets. However, Azle went three-and-out and Brewer capitalized on the ensuing drive.

Spriggs hit Will Washington down the left sideline for a 36-yard touchdown and Brewer went into intermission leading 21-7.

Azle built up some momentum holding Brewer to a three-and-out on the first drive of the third. Isaiah Fuller had a nice return on the punt and Lee hit Akers on the first play for a 32-yard touchdown that cut the lead to 21-14.

Azle quarterback Chris Lee, center throws down the field against Brewer in the second quarter of their district 3-5A Division 1 football game Friday, October 22, 2021 at Hornet Stadium in Azle, Texas. Special/Bob Haynes
Azle quarterback Chris Lee, center throws down the field against Brewer in the second quarter of their district 3-5A Division 1 football game Friday, October 22, 2021 at Hornet Stadium in Azle, Texas. Special/Bob Haynes
Azle’s Mason Wyble, center races for a first down past Brewer’s Ryan Winham, left and Terrence Durham in the second quarter of their district 3-5A Division 1 football game Friday, October 22, 2021 at Hornet Stadium in Azle, Texas. Special/Bob Haynes
Azle’s Mason Wyble, center races for a first down past Brewer’s Ryan Winham, left and Terrence Durham in the second quarter of their district 3-5A Division 1 football game Friday, October 22, 2021 at Hornet Stadium in Azle, Texas. Special/Bob Haynes

The Hornets were able to force another Brewer punt, but the ball was downed at the 2 and the Bears defense was able to stop Wyble in the end zone for a safety and 23-14 lead midway through the third.

Azle then pulled within two after Lee threw a 20-yard touchdown to Iya with 3:36 left in the third. Lee and Iya hooked up again on a 6-yard touchdown with 2:35 left to play, but Azle couldn’t convert the two-point attempt leaving the score at 36-27.

Wyble ran for 87 yards while Lee threw for 205 to lead the Hornets. Iya had three catches for 91 yards.

The Bears finish the final two weeks against Justin Northwest and Fort Worth Arlington Heights. The Hornets finish with Abilene Cooper and Northwest.

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