The Latrobe Brewer was a touchdown machine

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Saturday September 18, 2021 | 6:05 p.m.


In the first three games of the season, Latrobe senior flanker Kyle Brewer was a touchdown passer.

He scored nine touchdowns in three ways: rushing, receiving and a punt return.

In Friday’s game against Mt. Pleasant, Brewer failed to score in the Wildcats’ 35-0 win.

Plus, he didn’t care if he didn’t reach the end zone. He was happy the Wildcats ended their two-game losing streak and found a way to end it.

Brewer had a quiet evening against the overwhelmed Vikings. He caught a pass for 24 yards and rushed four times for 19 yards. He also returned two punts for an average of 17 yards.

Brewer scored three touchdowns, ran for 112 yards and caught nine passes for 108 yards as a junior.

He has exceeded those numbers in four games. Brewer racked up 182 yards and five touchdowns and caught nine passes for 142 yards and three touchdowns. His punt return for a touchdown was 79 yards.

Brewer doesn’t think he’s a top talent, although opposing coaches might disagree.

“Nothing is special about me,” Brewer said. “It’s just the whole team. They help me. “

With a big lead, Latrobe coach Jason Marucco let the other players run the ball. Dominic Flenniken got some of Brewer’s shots.

“Kyle has been great,” said Marucco. “He’s leading Westmoreland County in touchdowns. I can’t ask for more than that. I think our front – Tyler Lynch, Aidan Sweeney and Jacob Brisky and all the guys – did a really good job controlling the line of scrimmage.

“It’s hard for the defenses to defend with Drake (Clayton) and Kyle. We managed to get the ball around. Whenever you can do it more than one guy touching the ball it’s tough on the defense. It’s something that we have to keep looking at, how we can get that ball to our playmakers. ”

Marucco said there isn’t a set number of touches he’d like to get for Brewer or any player.

“We don’t think of it so much as a number,” Marucco said. “How do we send him into space and get a favorable match?” Because we think he will win these clashes.

“What makes Kyle special is his work on the training ground. His work ethic is great. We’re still talking about improving that 1% every day, and it does. He takes the approach of winning the next game. He takes that approach. If one part doesn’t break, maybe the next one will. “

Marucco believes Brewer will play in college. Brewer said if he did, and he wanted to, he would prefer the north.

“Everyone wants to go to Division I,” Brewer said. “I know I probably won’t make it, but that’s okay. D2, D3, whatever.

Brewer said he credits his blockers with opening race tracks. That’s why he succeeded.

“I’m falling behind and running behind them,” Brewer said.

His most memorable touchdown of the season was the punt return against Derry.

“It was my first punt return,” said Brewer. “It was the best feeling I have ever had, running and scoring. I have a great blockage.

Brewer said because quarterback Bobby Fetter suffered an injury against Norwin and will be missing out on playing time, the captains need to step up their efforts. The other captains are Fetter, Clayton and Lynch.

“I think we can put this team together and have some wins,” Brewer said. “We have to change our mindset and start thinking more about the game and start playing more as a team.”

Paul Schofield is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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