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It took the Lady Bucs 108 minutes to finish off White House and win thre Region 5AA title for the first time. Kendra Mueller scored on a PK three minutes in to give Beech a 1-0 lead. White House tied it up at 14’ and took the lead just a minute later. It was the first lead that White House had on the Lady Bucs all year.
That lead stuck at the half but just three minutes into the second half Mueller struck again to tie it at 2l After more furious action and over thirty minutes later White House took advantage of Lady Buc goalkeeper Natasia Jones being called for kicking the ball outside of the 18 yard box.
White House was awarded a free kick and converted to go up 3-2 with just 6 minutes remaining in regulation. It didn’t look good for the Lady Bucs but they did not quit fighting back. With :19 on the clock Hailey Burrought dropped one over the keeper and into the net to tie the game at 3.
Neither team was able to score in the first two 10 minute OT periods and it went to the “Golden Goal” round. For those not familiar, “Golden Goal” period consists of two 5 minute periods in which any team that scores wins – in other words, “Sudden Death”.
IF no one scores the game comes down to penalty kicks, commonly referred to as PK’s. The Lady Bucs had three good chances to score in the OT portion but could not capatilize. Heading into the second “Golden Goal” period both teams were tired to say the least. At the 2:35 mark Lady Buc Emma Robertson had a corner kick from the SW corner of the field. The kick was just right as it came down and was headed into the goal by Mueller to end the game as the Lady Bucs defeated White House 4-3 to win the Region 5AA title.
The goal was Mueller’s third of the game giving her a hat trick. Beech will host Sycamore on Saturday night at 7pm. The winner of that game will be in the state tournament. Beech has never made the state tournament before in girls soccer. Everyone should come out and support the girls in their quest to make more HISTORY in 2018!
GALLATIN – The Beech Buccaneers tallied 459 total yards of total offense Thursday night in Gallatin as their rushing attack abused the Green Wave to the tune of 431 yards and four scores as Beech cruised to a 38-20 victory.
With the win, Beech moves to 3-1 in league play and into a three-way tie for first place in Region 6-5A. Since 2010, Beech is 7-2 against the Wave, with the only losses coming in 2011 and 2016.
Beech wore Gallatin out mentally and physically, gashing the Wave on the ground time after time. Multiple times, Beech hit the Wave defense with running backs Ja’Sean Parks, TySean Jefferson or Aaron Foxx.
All three backs have the capability of carrying the load, but Beech has the luxury of going to any of them at any given time.
Led by Parks and Jefferson, the duo rushed for 307 yards and four touchdowns while Foxx finished with 124 yards on 15 carries.
“Our kids work hard and I think the weight room is a huge contributor to what we do and I think our kids believe in what we do,” Beech coach Anthony Crabtree said. “They come in every day, ready to work and try to get better. It really has paid off to this point.”
After graduating 2,000-yard back Kaemon Dunlap a year ago, some wondered how the run game would fare with two relatively new backs. Foxx got a lot of playing time last year, while Parks played sparingly – mostly in blowouts. Jefferson, a sophomore, is seeing his first real varsity action this year.
“Our seniors have done a really good job of pushing all of us, including me,” Jefferson said after the win. “The hard work has paid off so far. Our offensive line has done a really good job this year of opening up holes for all of us to run through, and when they are doing that, we just want to run the ball.
“It has been really good for me to share the backfield with those guys (Parks and Foxx),” Jefferson added. “They have really helped guide me and push me this year. Having those guys back there makes things a lot easier.”
Defensively, the Bucs limited Gallatin to less than 300 yards of total offense with 150 coming on three plays – all three resulting in Green Wave touchdowns.
“We have a game plan every week and our base defense allows us make some adjustments to put us in position to make plays,” Crabtree added.
Over the course of the last four weeks, Beech has surrendered just 18 points per game. The loss for Gallatin marks the first region loss of the year for the Green Wave and will unfortunately knock them out of the top spot in Region 6-5A.
“You’ve got to bounce back and keep fighting,” Gallatin coach Mark Williams said. “You don’t sit there and dwell on it. You’ve got to keep fighting, keep digging and find a way to get better each week. We got a region game to finish out next week so we can finish out strong and get into the playoffs with a little momentum.”
Up 17-7 at the half, Beech marched right down the field on its opening possession in the second half, claiming a 17-point lead. It was the next play that changed the momentum.
“It was a momentum change that really put the game in their hands,” Williams added. “We got to make those plays right there and good football teams do that.”
With the defense trotting back on the field after surrounding a score, Beech marched just 30 yards before Ja’Sean Parks scored his second rushing touchdown of the night from 10 yards out, sealing the win for Beech.
Gallatin will travel to Glencliff in Week 11 action, while Beech hosts Hillwood for Senior Night.
“This week won’t be any different than normal, we will come in Monday, install our game plan and try to get everyone healthy and see if we can make it work.”
HENDERSONVILLE – Beech running back Ja’Sean Parks carried his team to a 39-22 victory at Shackle Island Friday night, as his 153 yards and two touchdowns propelled the Bucs past the Springfield Yellow Jackets for their fourth win of 2018.
“That was a big win for our seniors,” Beech coach Anthony Crabtree said of his team’s victory.
A fast start to the game, Beech and Springfield combined for 23 first-half points as the Yellow Jackets led 13-10 at the end of the first quarter.
Running back Tysean Jefferson led the Bucs in the first quarter with 33 yards and a touchdown, while Springfield’s offense ran through senior receiver Dayron Johnson.
No. 23 accounted for two Springfield touchdowns – a 6-yard slant and the other on a 92-yard kickoff return TD.
Beech claimed the lead for good with seven minutes left in the first half when Parks scored from 3 yards out and added the 2-point conversion for the 18-13 advantage.
Getting the ball to start the second half, Beech marched 53 yards on just six plays before Jefferson scored his second touchdown of the game from 16 yards out to push the Bucs in front 25-13.
The Yellow Jackets managed just three points on their next possession, despite having the ball inside the 10-yard line.
Once inside the red zone, the Beech defense reared its head, stopping the Jackets on three straight runs to force a 25-yard field goal with 4:58 left in the third quarter.
The Bucs flexed their muscles once again on the following possession, going 81 yards on 12 plays before Parks found the end zone for the second time from 3 yards out to give the Bucs a 32-16 lead just 48 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Forcing a Beech turnover on the next possession, Springfield’s Bryan Hayes and Keith Jones dominated the run game, rushing for a combined 55 yards before Jones’s 8-yard touchdown with 5:37 remaining cut the lead to 32-22.
Beech senior Aaron Foxx put the game on ice on the next offensive possession when his 7-yard touchdown plunge put the Bucs out in front by 17. The 39-22 victory for Beech moves the Bucs to 4-2, 2-0 overall and drops Springfield to 4-2, 2-0.
Beech will travel to Tennessee State University on Saturday, Sept. 29 for a Week 7 matchup with Hillsboro.
Springfield returns to region action Friday night when they host Montgomery Central for first place in Region 5-4A
The Beech Buccaneers jumped out in front of the Hunters Lane Warriors and never looked back en route to a 49-0 win on Friday Night at Shackle Island Stadium.
The Bucs earned a 35-0 halftime lead, and coasted in the second half due to the mercy rule. Beech coach Anthony Crabtree was pleased with his team’s effort on the night.
“I thought our guys came out and executed a little bit better than last week,” Crabtree said. “We just have to continue to work and get better.”
Running back Ja’Sean Parks got the scoring started, finding the end zone from 10 yards out, capping an 8-play, 62-yard drive and giving the Bucs a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter.
After that, the defense got going for Beech, as Brendan Seguira picked off a Warrior pass and ran it back for a 28-yard interception return touchdown. The Buccaneer defense was dominant, yielding just two first downs to the Hunters Lane offense.
From there, Eric McMillner ran in a 7-yard touchdown, capping a quick 3-play, 48-yard scoring drive, making the score 21-0 late in the first quarter.
from Hendersonville Standard by Matt Murray
“We were able to score a bunch of points early, and it was a big boost to our guys,” Crabtree said. “It gives your guys a lot of confidence and makes you play harder when that stuff happens for you.”
Aaron Foxx extended the Bucs lead to 28-0 on the first play of the second quarter on a 4-yard touchdown scamper. Tysean Jefferson pushed the lead to 35-0 on a 14-yard touchdown run, wrapping up another short scoring drive, this one covering just 32 yards.
After the Bucs fumbled to start the second half, the defense got the ball right back when Xavier Shaw picked off a Warrior pass at the 11.
This set up the longest drive of the night for the Beech offense, a 7-play 89-yard drive, capped by a 67-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Jackson Bryan to Zack Oden, making the score 42-0.
The onslaught continued as the Buccaneers recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff. This led to Jeremy Stone 2-yard touchdown, to put an end to the scoring on the night.
The win improves Beech to 3-2. The Bucs will host Springfield next Friday.
“Springfield is a good football team,” Crabtree said. “It’s a non-region game, but it’s a big game for us and a chance to get another win for our seniors.”
Lady Buc soccer dominates Heritage
HENDERSONVILLE – The Beech Lady Buc soccer team played extremely well tonight in a 3-0 whipping of White House Heritage HS at Nathan Johnson Stadium. Heritage only managed six shots on the night with only two of them on goal. Beech had 15 shots with nine on goal.
“Tonight was the first real picture of what this team can be, White House Heritage is a good solid team. They’re tough and aggressive and we took ‘em out of the game by playing Beech possession soccer,” said Beech HC John Ferguson.
The Lady Bucs got on the board with twenty minutes left in the first half when Sydney Sandefur’s shot rebound to the foot of J.C. Swafford and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. The Lady Bucs had three previous attempts stopped earlier and the goal seemed to elevate the Lady Bucs play.
Just three minutes later Swafford added another goal inside the 18 to make it 2-0 Lady Bucs. The remainder of the first half (eleven minutes) played out like the first twenty… plenty of back and forth with no shot attempts.
The second half opened up looking like more of the same til the 44’ mark when Beech started to pepper shots on goal from everywhere. One of them, from Hailey Burroughs got by the Heritage goalie to make it 3-0 at the 48’ mark in the game. A minute later the Lady Bucs all but scored again as Burrough’s blasted a shot off the goalie and Swafford collected the rebound only to hit the right post.
White House, now in desperation mode, put a couple shots on goal but did not connect and from that point on there weren’t many more shot attempts by either team. The Lady Bucs get the shut out and improve to 5-5/3-0 in 9AA play. Heritage dropped to 7-3/2-1 with the loss.
“I feel like this is a signature win, Heritage is a definite contender in the district. We talked about transition and it was better, and we talked about not settling for bad shots and we didn’t… all of our goals were good shots. JC has a nose for scoring and Kendra Mueller played well. Hailey Burroughs and Sydney Sandefur had their best all around game of the year tonight as well,” added Ferguson.
Beech will play at Lebanon next Tuesday and at Greenbrier next Thursday.