Countdown to kickoff: White Settlement Brewer Bears

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White Settlement Brewer Bears

District 5-5A

Last season: 3-7, 0-7 in District 6-4A

Key players: DT Rick Chapa (6-2, 250), LB Alex Ramirez (6-2, 210), LB Damian Hernandez (5-10, 205), LB Malcolm David (6-3, 210), DT Devin Casillas (6-2, 225), QB Brian Kueck (6-2, 185), OL Dusty Seely (6-2, 275), RB Jameson Carson (5-9, 180), DB Cody Gentry (6-1, 170).

The big picture: New coach Wade Griffin said he wants the Bears to get their bite back in 2014. Camp will open with 12 returning starters, and Griffin said that kind of core is invaluable to a new coaching staff. Griffin said the program’s biggest task is returning the toughness that made Brewer a force in the past. That will start on the defensive side this year with defensive tackle Alex Ramirez and linebacker Damian Hernandez anchoring a strong front seven. Both will be instrumental in helping the defense solve the problem of giving up an average of 429.4 yards and 49.7 points in seven district games last season. On offense, quarterback Brian Kueck starts this season after completing 33 passes last season for 332 yards and three touchdowns. The bulk of those throws came in the final two games of the season. Griffin said the coaching staff will work to improve game management and will start in the running game. Running back Jameson Carson had 47 carries for 209 yards and one score last season.

Quotable: “When we started in the spring, we basically started from scratch. The offense and the defense we want to run are entirely different. We had some kids stay at their position, and we moved some others around. We’ve spent a lot of time looking at tape and really understanding what these kids do well. I want Brewer to be known as a tough team, that’s the way it always has been in the past. I’m not sure we’re known for that anymore. Our main goal is to get back to playing great defense and running the football.” — coach Wade Griffin

Notable: Basketball player Giavanni Patton is returning to work in the secondary after a year away from football. Griffin said he recruited Patton to get back on the field because, “he’s just a big, long, athletic guy and I knew we needed to get him back in the program.” — Kevin Casas

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