Safety gives White Settlement Brewer win over Arlington Heights

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A sequence of heady special teams play and tough-nosed defense pushed White Settlement Brewer past Fort Worth Arlington Heights 23-21 in a nondistrict game Friday at Brewer Bear Stadium.

The Bears (3-0) were forced to punt on their first drive of the fourth quarter, and Jose Godinez’s 57-yard kick was downed by T’Aries Woods on the Heights 1-yard line. On the first play of the ensuing Heights drive, Bears linebacker Malcolm Davis and defensive back Keric Burleson combined for a sack in the end zone for a safety to put the Bears up 23-14.

“It was a huge play. That won the game for us,” Brewer coach Kord Smith said. “Great play by our special teams — we got a good roll [on the punt] but showed great hustle as well.”

The Yellow Jackets (0-3), who held a 14-7 lead at halftime, mounted a late 11-play drive that ended in a 16-yard touchdown run by quarterback Deion Hair’Griffin to pull within two points with 35 seconds left. But Heights’ onside kick was recovered by Brewer’s Alex Ramirez to seal the win.

The first half saw Brewer and Arlington Heights trade turnovers, combining to lose five fumbles as promising drives ended in disappointment for both teams.

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