Brewer holds picture day

Brewer head coach Matt Plunkett is all smiles as his players and coaches participate in Picture Day last Friday. The football team will hold a scrimmage this Friday night to highlight “Meet the Patriots – 2022 Fall Sports.”

Fans of three local high school football teams will get an early glimpse of their football teams today (Thursday) and tomorrow.

Tonight, Arab travels to Cullman for a jamboree-style contest, reciprocating Cullman’s visit before last season. The 6A Bearcats are coached by former Arab coach Oscar Glasscock. The jamboree is being held on Thursday – like it was last season – because both teams open the regular season the next week on Thursday.

Cullman will visit Mars Hill while Arab will travel to Albertville.

Brindlee Mountain will play host Friday night to a jamboree against the St. John Paul II Falcons, a 4A team. Lions coach Keith Garner is highly optimistic his team will be much more competitive this season and expects to snap the current 43-game losing streak (jamborees don’t count).

The Lions open on the road next Friday against Cherokee, a team they’ve never played. St. John Paul II opens at home against Westbrook Christian.

Brewer won’t play a jamboree, but a intrasquad scrimmage will highlight a night of activities for “Meet the Patriots” on Friday starting at 6.

A “Future Patriot Combine” featuring all local youth teams will begin a 6. At 6:50, all youth football players and cheerleaders will be introduced.

At 7, the Brewer band will match onto the field playing the school’s fight song, then band members will be introduced.

After that, in order, middle school football players, middle school cheerleaders, varsity and JV volleyball players and cheerleaders and cross country runners will be introduced. Then the varsity and JV football players will hold a scrimmage under the lights beginning at approximately 7:35 p.m.

Afterward the varsity and JV football players will be introduced.

Brewer plays its first two non-region games at home – against 4A Hanceville next Friday and against Arab on Aug. 26 – and that’s largely by design, according to Brewer coach Matt Plunkett, who wants his team prepared for its 5A, Region 8 opener the third week, at home against Ardmore.

“It comes down to confidence for us,” he said. “We’re playing three straight at home to open the season and that should be a help for us.”

Hanceville is a scrappy 4A team but should be a good matchup for Brewer. The teams last played in 1989.

The Arab game will be a “big test” for the Patriots, Plunkett conceded.

“Arab is really, really strong,” he said. “The Arab game will help us be mentally prepared for region play.

“They are as strong a program in this area, and I mean north Alabama, as any team.

“ Lee Ozmint has done a great job there.”

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