Blake Brewer gives instructions from the sideline during a 2021 game. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)
ASHEBORO – Blake Brewer, who as an Asheboro football player had considerable success, couldn’t turn around the Blue Comets’ sluggish program as a coach and is no longer in that position.
Brewer is done as the coach after three seasons.
“I had every intention of continuing and putting our best foot forward,” Brewer said Monday. “We’re just behind. We just were not successful enough on Friday nights. That’s what it came down to.”
Brewer said during a postseason meeting with principal Ryan Moody and athletics director Wes Berrier that he provided his vision for the future of the program. He was asked for his resignation.
Asheboro went 2-25 under Brewer with records of 0-7, 1-9 and 1-9.
The three seasons before that, the Blue Comets were a combined 5-27.
“We appreciate the time Coach Brewer has devoted to the Blue Comets and wish him very best in his future coaching career,” Moody said in a statement.
Moody sent a memo to school personnel about the coaching change late Friday afternoon.
Brewer, 33, said his deep roots to the school and football program made the decision difficult.
“I’m an Asheboro guy through and through,” he said.
Asheboro is the largest school in Randolph County and competes in Class 3-A. Its lone victories under Brewer came in the 2021 season opener at Randleman and in this year’s non-conference game at Wheatmore.
So the Blue Comets never won a Mid-Piedmont Conference game or a home game with Brewer in charge. The conference has proven to be stout, considering that Oak Grove and Ledford won first-round playoff games Friday night, while Central Davidson suffered a three-point loss.
This year, Asheboro was outscored by a cumulative 453-75 score.
Brewer, who’s in his 12th year as a physical education teacher at the school, had been on the coaching staff prior to becoming head coach. That took him through several coaching changes.
“It bums met out even more,” he said
Brewer, a former quarterback and a member of the Class of 2007, had been optimistic going into the season, especially as the program’s numbers grew to about 70 players. He also had supported and expressed great appreciation for youth football initiatives in Asheboro, figuring those would pay off in future years.
“We’ve worked hard to get kids bought in,” Brewer said. “I thought we made a lot of steps in the right direction. It just didn’t work out for us.”
He said he was generally proud of the determination from his players and how they dealt with defeats with class.
Brewer said he’ll consider future coaching possibilities in the weeks ahead.
Brewer had been Asheboro’s girls’ track and field coach for a team that won last spring’s Mid-Piedmont Conference championship. He gave up that position for this school year in order to place more concentration on football.