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Ashton Dubose, defense lead Brennan past Stevens


Quick take: Despite a slow start the Brennan Bears were able to keep hold of first place in District 29-6A with a 24-0 win over Stevens on Friday Night at Farris Stadium. Bears quarterback Ashton Dubose accounted for all three of the Bears touchdowns.

Highlights: The defenses were stingy to start, and neither team was able to get into the other teams side of the field until Brennan, finally crossed the 50-yard line at the two-minute mark in the first quarter. Brennan took a 3-0 lead six minutes later on a 27-yard field goal by Jonathan Swisher.

The Bears’ final drive of the first half took 6:22 off the clock and ended with a 3-yard touchdown run by Dubose with eight seconds left. The Bears held the Falcons to only 45 yards of total offense in the half. Brennan finished the half with 170 yards.

Brennan added to its lead on a two-play drive in the third quarter. On second and 9 from the Bears’ own 32, Dubose stepped back and launched a pass to Avron Carter who carried it the rest of the way for a 68-yard touchdown pass that put the Bears ahead 17-0.

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Brennan’s Avron Carter (02) makes a catch and run for a 68-yard touchdown against Stevens’ Jeremiah Sorola (05) during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Brennan quarterback Ashton Dubose (08) runs on a keeper for a touchdown against Stevens during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Brennan’s Justino Escobar (04) flips over as Stevens’ Evan McCall (44) and Leonard Adams (16) makes the stop during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Stevens quarterback K.K. Brashears (07) makes a throw against Brennan during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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The Brennan Bears take the field for the game against Stevens at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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The Stevens Falcons take the field for the game against Brennan at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Students from Brennan and Stevens High Schools greet one another in a responsible manner before their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Stevens quarterback K. K. Brashears (07) darts out for yardage against Brennan during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Stevens’ Dominic Cardenas (34) leaps over a tackle attempt by Brennan’s Sebastian Riojas (03) as Dominic Velasquez (25) closes in during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Brennan’s Justino Escobar (04) looks for space to run against Stevens’ Mateo Lara (32) during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Brennan’s Justino Escobar veers from Stevens’ Leonard Adams (16) during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Brennan quarterback Ashton Dubose (08) attempts a pass against Stevens during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Brennan kicker Jonathan Swisher (20) boots a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter against Stevens during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Stevens’ Quinci Davis (40) makes a catch between Brennan’s Dominic Velasquez (25) and Eliel Orozco-Rosas (94) during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Stevens’ Leonard Adams (16) attempts to pull down Brennan’s Avron Carter after a pass reception during their football game at Farris Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.

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Stevens didn’t fare much better in the second half as it struggled to get much going offensively against the Bears. The Falcons only managed 117 yards on the night. Brennan finished with 329 yards of offense, rushing for 172 and passing for 157.

Brennan added its final touchdown with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter when Ashton Dubose found his brother Aaron open on a 27-yard pass.

The Falcons prevented another Bears touchdown when Jeremiah Sorola intercepted a Dubose pass in the end zone with 7:32 remaning in the game.

What it means: Brennan improves to 4-0 on the season and 3-0 in district 29-6A. Stevens falls to 3-1 both overall and in district. The Bears improved to 5-0 all-time against the Falcons. Brennan is now 89-36 all-time, while Stevens’ all-time record fell to 74-81.

Game balls: Dubose completed 6 of 16 pass attempts for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Dubose also ran the ball seven times for 46 yards and a touchdown. The Bears’ leading rusher on the night was Escobar, with 86 yards on 24 carries. Carter’s one catch of 68 yards was enough to lead the team in receiving yards. Swisher made all three of his extra-point attempts as well as a 27-yard field goal. Swisher also had five punts for 153 yards.

Up next: Brennan is back at Farris Stadium next Friday at 7:30 against Warren. Stevens hosts Clark for a 7 p.m. kickoff Thursday night at Gustafson Stadium.

Stephen Whitaker