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Priceville High’s Sidney Sawyer (12) out runs Brewer High’s Tyler Parker at Brewer High on Friday night. Brewer won 19-12 in overtime.
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Priceville High’s Aaron Sawyer (12) out runs Brewer High’s Tyler Parker at Brewer High on Friday night. Brewer won 19-12 in overtime.

Brewer nips county rival in overtime
Priceville doesn’t cash in on opportunities

By Ross Dellenger
sports@decaturdaily.com · 340-2462

FLORETTE — Priceville had plenty of chances, but it was Brewer that knocked down the wall.

The Patriots overcame a sluggish second half, and their defense made a monster play in overtime to clinch a 19-12 win over rival Priceville on Friday night.

“We hit a wall tonight,” Brewer coach Billy Coleman said among a horde of screaming players, “and we pushed it down.”

But not until overtime.

The wall Brewer hit was a stingy Priceville defense.

After racking up 140 yards of offense in the first half, the Patriots managed just 30 yards after halftime.

It wasn’t until overtime that Brewer’s offense broke through.

Starting overtime at the 10-yard line, Brewer ran consecutive running plays right at the heart of the Bulldogs’ defense, before capping the short drive with a quarterback sneak from the 1.

It was the first time the homestanding Patriots had led since the 5:29 mark in the first quarter.

Priceville High’s Jayson Hamilton puts pressure on Brewer High quarterback Tony Dickerson during the first half of Brewer’s 19-12 overtime win in Florette on Friday night.
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Priceville High’s Jayson Hamilton puts pressure on Brewer High quarterback Tony Dickerson during the first half of Brewer’s 19-12 overtime win in Florette on Friday night.
But it was the defensive play by cornerback Vinny Muggeo that won the game.

Pushed back by penalties, Priceville faced a fourth-and-goal from the 25-yard line in its overtime series.

From a shotgun formation, Bulldogs quarterback Jeremy Hale, eluding pressure, rolled out of the pocket.

He spotted an open receiver just feet from the goal line, but Muggeo dashed in front of the ball, batting it away.

“It feels awesome,” the junior said. “I’ve always wanted to beat Priceville.”

Coleman called a time out after seeing Priceville’s alignment on that fourth-down play.

“We wanted to see what their formation was,” the coach said, “and try to play what we thought might be coming.”

Muggeo sure did that. Shading the receiver’s outside shoulder, he broke on the pass as soon as it left Hale’s hand.

“Coach said not to let (the receiver) behind me,” Muggeo said, as teammates dashed by him to join a celebration in front of the home stands.

A scoreless second half ended in a load of missed opportunities for Priceville, a team that fielded its first varsity team in 2002.

With less than 6 minutes left, tied at 12, Priceville failed to complete what looked like a sure touchdown pass on third down. On the next play, a running play came up a yard shy on a fourth-down carry.

Just minutes later, Priceville returned a Brewer punt 40 yards, but it was negated by one of six second-half penalties.

Another penalty in overtime negated a possible game-tying touchdown.

Hale’s carry on second-and-goal would have put the Bulldogs inside the 3, but an illegal motion penalty pushed them back to the 14-yard line.

After a completion for negative yards, a delay-of-game penalty led to that long fourth-down play.

Brewer opened with a 12-play, 70-yard touchdown drive that was capped by 9-yard strike from quarterback Tony Dickerson to Zach Graham.

But Priceville responded with back-to-back touchdowns to lead 12-6.

Brewer running back Chris Dickerson had an 18-yard touchdown run just before half, tying the game at 12. Dickerson had 65 yards on nine carries in the first half, but had just 13 yards on nine carries the final two quarters.

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