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The 1981 and 82 football teams reached the quarterfinal round – at that time there were only four rounds with 16 teams participating in each class (district champions only got in), so the quarterfinal round was the second round – in 1981 we lost to Kingston 21-0 and in 1982 we lost in a muddy rainstorm 17-12 to Cleveland, who went on to be the state runner-up that year. In 1985 TSSAA allowed teams from each of the 16 districts make the football playoffs – still just 3 classes… There were many really good teams who did not make the playoffs before this change. In 1993 the TSSAA went to 5 classes and teams went into “regions”. In 1997 the TSSAA split to public and private. It became much easier to make the playoffs as they took 3 teams from each “region” instead of just the top 2, the first few years and then expanded to 4 teams so the #1 seeds would have a game instead of a bye week… from the beginning of the 5 round playoff system Beech is 4-2 in the third (quarterfinal) round of the playoffs. In 1995 we beat Westwood 25-9. Our next appearance was 14 years later, in 2008 and we lost to Hillsboro 42-21 after losing Wesley Aiello and Justin Allen to inury. In ‘09 we faced nemisis and county foe Gallatin. The Green Wave had beaten us 7-0 in the regular season, but our Bucs were a team of destiny that year. Winning a very hard fought game, 32-29. In 2011, on the road at HHS we fell 23-22 in another hard fought game. 2012…. The Bucs went 15-0 and won the state title again, but it wasn’t easy… the quarterfinal game with Clarksville NE may be the most exciting game ever played at Shackle Island Stadium. A 44-43 win thanks to a Lincoln Kenitzer QB sneak and a Jalen Hurd two point PAT with 51 seconds left. It was the defacto state championship game. 5 years later, on the road in 2017, Kaemon Dunlap ran for 209 yards and 3 TD to lead the Bucs to the win and eventual state runner-up spot. Friday we meet the Spartans again, this time at Shackle Island Stadium. Go Bucs! Get your tickets here: https://gofan.co/app/events/161494
SHACKLE ISLAND – Beech High School moves on to the quarterfinal round in the TSSAA Class 5A Playoffs following Friday night’s 36-0 victory over Region 6-5A foe Hillsboro. The Bucs (9-1) scored 28 points in the second half as Adrian Johnson led the team with three total touchdowns.
Defensively the Bucs were even more impressive, holding an offense averaging 48 points-per-game over their last five games scoreless. “Bill Alexander (Defensive Coordinator) is excellent at what he does,” Beech coach Anthony Crabtree said. “He puts in an unbelievable amount of time trying to find a way to put our guys in the right position. Our entire defensive staff put a great game plan together, and our guys did what we asked them to do. Keeping that offense out of the end zone is big.”
Offensively the game plan was to limit the number of possessions by the Burros and make them have long sustained drives. The Bucs did just that as Beech limited Hillsboro to only four first-half possessions and five second-half possessions. Three of the four first half possessions ended in a turnover on downs, and the other ended with a Jalen Macon punt. The boys in navy blue created constant pressure all night long, sacking Macon five times.
“Our defensive line played well, but they have played well most of the year,” Crabtree said. “We struggled a little bit in the first game with some young guys, but at this point, those guys aren’t young anymore, so we expect more out of them.”
On the Bucs third possession in the first half, Beech capped off a 7-play, 89-yard drive when Patrick Hill busted through the gut for a three-yard touchdown run. Following back-to-back penalties on the Burros defense, Beech elected to go for two from the one-yard line. Up-and-over the pile, senior Adrian Johnson put the Bucs up 8-0 with 9:19 left in the first half.
Three of the five second-half possessions for the Burros ended with a Buccaneer sack, while the other two ended on a fake punt and an incomplete pass on fourth down. Beech had zero problems scoring on the flip side, finding the end zone on all three second-half possessions. “We wanted to keep the ball away from them on offense in the second half, and we had some success with that; our kids did a great job with the game plan tonight,” Crabtree said.
Following a fourth-down sack on defense, the Beech offense marched right down the field, 60 yards, before Adrian Johnson scored his first touchdown of the night for the 15-0 advantage. Facing 3rd-and-12 from the 22 with 4:08 left in the third quarter, Crabtree reached to the back page of the playbook and found a half-back pass for the Bucs’ next touchdown.
Getting the ball from quarterback Xaviere Jones, Adrian Johnson started right then turned to find a wide-open Jones on the field’s left side. Jones made one defender miss, and then outran the other as the Bucs went up three scores. Another turnover-on-downs from the Burros gave Beech good field position at the 31 to start the fourth quarter, then a few plays later, Johnson cashed in for six from three yards out for the 29-0 lead.
Tysean Jefferson capped off his 163-yard performance with the nail-in-the-coffin touchdown three yards out with only 6:49 remaining in the game and the 36-0 lead. Beech welcomes Summit to Shackle Island Friday night for the Class 5A quarterfinal round. It will be the third straight playoff game for the Bucs at home. “Years like these are special,” Crabtree said. “These years don’t come around every year. This is a special year for our team.”
The Bucs and Spartans are scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff on November 20.
The cross county team wrapped up its 2020 season with a strong showing at lastweek’s State Championships, held at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville, TN.The boys’ team placed sixth, which was the highest finish for a Beech cross countryteam in the school’s history. With five underclassmen and just one senior, they havea bright future. “With six of us competing in our first State Championship, it was agood experience builder for the future and to see where we can go as individuals anda team,” freshman Colin Everett said.The girls had their highest finish in five years, finishing 16th. “We had fun competingas a team, and it was a great way to end our season,” stated freshman MeaganLenfert.Coach Wietecha was very pleased with how his teams performed. "It feels great tofinish a season I wasn’t even sure would happen. While we had an outstandingoverall season, I couldn’t have been happier with how we raced at the StateChampionships. Both teams are young and are building something special.
For the first time in Beech history, the cross country teams won both the boys and girls crosscountry Region 5 Championship. The boy’s team scored 38 points to defeat Green Hill by 33points, with Rossview placing third. Beech won by 28 points, with Green Hill finishing second,with Wilson Central third on the girl’s side.The top Beech finishers were freshman Gabriel Cox, who placed third in a time of 16:28, andfreshman Zaely Tilt who placed fourth in 20:37.The girl’s team was boosted by the return of Kim Roundy, who has missed the last severalmeets due to injury. ""I was nervous before the race,"" Roundy said. But when it came time torace, I pushed through everything and was surprised by the outcome. We couldn’t have done itwithout everyone giving their all.""""It was a great opportunity to where we were looking before the State Meet. Our entire team putup a good fight and competed for every spot we earned,"" Spencer Abbey said.Coach Wietecha was pleased with the performances of both teams. ""We talked about winningboth titles, but our focus is always to compete to the best of our ability and see where wefinished after the dust settled. This gives both teams a lot of momentum going into next week’sState Championships.""The Buccaneers finish their season on November 8th at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville.The girl’s race at 10:00am with the boys competing at 10:40am.
Gabriel Cox, 16:28, 3rd
Ethan Lanning, 16:38, 5th
Tristan Gould, 16:50, 7th
Blake Brown, 16:59, 12th
Jamison Stenzel, 17:01, 13th
Spencer Abbey, 17:08, 15th
Colin Everett, 17:30, 20th
Zaely Tilt, 20:37, 4th
Blanca Gomez, 21:45, 11th
Kim Roundy, 21:46, 12th
Lexie Lawson, 22:01, 14th
Meagan Lenfert, 22:04, 15th
EmilyMcDowell, 22:14, 19th
Niya Angelova, 22:41, 26th
Hendersonville – It took the Lady Commando’s thirteen minutes to get one past Buccaneer keeper Natasia Jones when Liza Sircy blasted one from 25 yards out to make it 1-0 HHS. Both teams traded possession fairly equally but the Hendersonville squad got off several quality shots in the first 15 minutes.
As play settled down a bit HHS started to control the possession and Cookie Morgan made a nice individual move to knock one home from inside the 18 twenty four minutes into the contest and it was 2-0 Lady Commando’s.
“Hendersonville ran real hard in the attacking half, more than what we have seen this fall. We weren’t able to adjust well enough until halftime,” said Beech coach John Ferguson. “They punished us for the mental errors we made early on.”
Sircy made it 3-0 taking a ball down the left side almost 30 yards and delivering a lazer from about 20 yards out with 12 minutes left in the first half. “Liza is fast, she is always beating people up and down the sideline, she had another great game tonight,” said HHS coach Devin Woodard.
Starting the first half play was again back and forth for a short while and then Beech took control in the Buc offensive half for about three and a half minutes creating several high quality scoring chances. The Lady Commando’s turned all shots away and the game then turned back to possession swap.
As the game wound down Campbell Tighe added another goal with 10 minutes left in the contest and the Lady Commando’s won 4-0. “We played pretty well, we have a tough season so far, so it was nice to come out and get some goals. I’ve been a player at HHS and an assistant for 10 years but it’s different as a head coach, it’s fun,” added Woodard.
Ferguson added, “we are closer, we are playing better, we had some freshman play well tonight but the mental errors got us tonight. The kids played hard, the effort was good and we just didn’t capatilize on our chances.”