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The 2019-20 basketball season is upon us. Both varisty teams open up tomorrow hosting Clarksville NE beginning with the girls game at 6pm.
GRIL’S OUTLOOK: The 2019-20 Lady Bucs will be down three starters from last year’s team but will be led by returning starters Deshiya Hoosier and Mia Dean. Other key players returning from last years team are Brianna Ellis and Natasia Jones. Coach Utley is looking for Laci Walker, Kaiya Wigfall, Ryleigh Piotto as well as Riley Long and Riley Messer to see good minutes. The Lady Bucs are going to look and play different this year defensively and are looking to play up tempo on offense.
Injuries – senior Jana Claire Swafford, signing with Cumberland University today, ACL surgery mid July (working to get back)
Christa Dean- 10th grade – ACL, surgery July, out till spring
Amaya Hutchinson 10th grade – ACL surgery June, out till spring
BOY’S OUTLOOK: Very excited about this team and this season. We expect to be very competitive and are looking forward to the challenge of a pretty loaded schedule. The team is connected and united. They have a passion for the game and have been very coachable. Still young with half of our rotation being sophomores but our expectations are still high.
Key players will be: Kaleb Powell, Andrew Paige, Kristian Shaw, Luke Fleming, Jyquale Matthews, Bradley Wheeler, Jackson Long, Sam McClendon and Braden Brinkley.
Story by Zach Womble
Photo by Bret Berwager
HENDERSONVILLE – When you are play on brown grass you know you’ve had a good season.
The Class 5A playoffs have been a staple for coach Anthony Crabtree and his Beech Buccaneer football teams.
Whether winning a state championship, playing for one, or making a deep run, fans and players of the Beech Buccaneers have come accustomed to playing in November.
Facing off against Shelbyville Central (11-1) in the second round of the playoffs, the Buccaneers (11-1) saw their season come to a close with a 20-17 loss.
Despite forcing three Golden Eagle turnovers, the Bucs couldn’t capitalize, scoring zero points on the three fumbles from their counterparts.
“That is probably the difference in the game,” Beech head coach Anthony Crabtree said. “That said even with their three turnovers I thought we still made more mistakes than they did. They are a good football team. They are big, physical, and do good things on both sides of the ball. Credit to them for winning the game.”
One mistake that will haunt the players and coaches well into the off-season will be the missed opportunity inside the Golden Eagles 2-yard line.
Facing 1st-and-goal, the Bucs went backward thanks to an illegal procedure and three negative running plays.
The drive ended with a Corey Edwards field goal to put the Bucs up 10-7 midway through the second quarter. Despite the points, many in Shackle Island felt the team left points on the field and that is something you cannot do if you want to win in November.
“At this time of the year you cannot do that and expect to win,” Crabtree added.”
The Golden Eagles took a 13-10 lead into the locker room following a 74-yard drive with only two minutes to play until recess.
Setting up shop at the Bucs 35-yard line for 3rd-and-7, Shelbyville quarterback Kade Cunningham found Mason Wright for the touchdown and the 13-10 lead. The Golden Eagles failed to convert the extra point.
Wright finished the game with eight receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
After forcing a punt to start the second half, Beech marched 65 yards on 12 plays before Tysean Jefferson found the end zone from three yards out at the 3:32 mark.
Corey Edwards converted his second extra point of the game for the 17-13 advantage.
The next two possessions for each team saw one Beech punt and the third Shelbyville turnover with 5:43 left in the game. The turnover looked like it would seal the Golden Eagles fate, but the defense stiffened and got the ball back following a Bucs punt with 1:46 left in the game.
The Golden Eagles mixed both the run and the pass on the final drive before Wright found the end zone with only 19 seconds remaining on an end-around run to the right pylon from the seven-yard line.
The game-winning touchdown pushed the Golden Eagles out in front for good, 20-17.
Shelbyville running back Caleb Marsh led his team on the ground with 139 yards on 22 carries and one touchdown.
“He is a big kid that is hard to bring down,” Crabtree said of Marsh. “You cannot let him get started and going downhill. If he gets going it’s hard to tackle him.”
The Bucs seniors end their careers 42-7 and three-time Region 6-5A champions.
“I am extremely proud of them,” Crabtree added. “They are the most successful football class to ever come through here. It didn’t end the way we wanted it to but at the end of the day, they had a great career. I am proud of each and every one of them for what they have given to this program.”
The Bucs end their season 11-1 and Region 6-5A champions.
“This team is a very gritty bunch,” Crabtree said. “This group gave us everything they had. They found a way to win some games this year they probably should have won.”
First Round TSSAA 5A Playoffs
Friday at 7pm at Schackle Island Stadium
BHS vs Columbia Central HS
Storyline: The football team will play Columbia, a foe we have all become familiar with over the last decade. The Bucs defeated the Lions twice in the 5A title game. The first meeting was in 1999 and BHS holds a 6-0 record vs Columbia Central HS.
1999 14-10 Reg Season
2000 17-9 Reg Season
2009 47-33 5A State Championship
2012 56-35 5A State Championship
2014 38-36 First Rd
2017 49-27 First Rd
Columbia is 6-4 and finished 4th in Region 5
Offense averages 18.4 ppg
Defense gives up 20.1 ppg
Key Offensive Player: Soph. RB Christian Biggers (967 yards, 10 TD)
HENDERSONVILLE STANDARD – STORY BY ZACH WOMBLE
PHOTO BY JOHN DECKER
HENDERSONVILLE – The Region 6-5A Championship resides on Shackle Island following the Bucs 14-10 win over the Gallatin Green Wave Thursday night.
With the win Beech secures the number one seed heading into the Class 5A playoffs.
Beech running back Adrian Johnson finished with a team-high 88 yards, helping boast a team total of 268 yards on the ground.
Gallatin running back Spencer Briggs rushed for a game-high 188 yards, which was aided by a 69 yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
The Bucs tallied 11 more first downs than the Wave, and recorded 20 more plays than their counterpart.
“I thought we executed fairly well tonight,” Beech head coach Anthony Crabtree said. “They are a good defense, they are big, and physical. They started cutting us on the edge early and that is really illegal, you can’t cut the fullback like that, and that gets you out of your game plan a little bit and makes it tough. They did a good job with that and we had to find a couple of other things to move the football.”
Beech also won the turnover battle, recovering one Gallatin fumble near midfield in the third quarter after the Wave forced a Beech punt.
Trailing 3-0 following a Trace Kelley 42-yard field goal in the first quarter, Beech responded with the game’s first touchdown from four yards away.
The play was set up after Adrian Johnson ran 67-yard run, breaking three Gallatin would-be tacklers. The biggest play, however, came when Gallatin jumped offsides after getting a stop forcing Beech to kick a field goal to try and tie the game. Instead, the penalty gave Beech a fresh set of downs inside the Wave 5-yard line.
On 1st-and-goal from the four, junior Tysean Jefferson squeezed through the middle to find the end zone and the 7-3 advantage.
“Tysean ran he ball extremely well tonight, but he always does,” Crabtree said. “Like I’ve said before we just haven’t gotten him enough touches, so we wanted to do a better job of that tonight. Hopefully we can keep doing that in the future.”
Gallatin reclaimed the lead following halftime when Briggs raced 69 yards down the left sideline with just under eight minutes to play in the third quarter putting the Green Wave up 10-7.
After getting a stop on defense, the Green Wave looked like they would try and seal the win, but a fumble on the punt return at midfield gave Beech new life and a new opportunity to take control of the game.
On that drive Beech marched 48 yards on seven plays before Ja’Sean Parks jumped up-and-over the pile for the 14-10 lead with 7:16 remaining and the game-winning touchdown.
“Any win is a big win,” Crabtree said. “It doesn’t matter how it looks. 20 years from now all people are going to wonder is did you win the game. Anytime you can go and congratulate your team and come out Monday after a win you take it.”
The win means Beech will likely face Columbia in round one of the playoffs while Gallatin will likely face Summit. Both teams will be at home for round one.
“The more playoff games you have at home the better you are,” Crabtree added. “Congratulation to our guys on the great effort and finding a way to win.”
The loss for Gallatin is their first loss of the season, and the first time first year head coach Chad Watson had to address his team after defeat.
“I just told them that this game is completely my fault,” he said. “Their effort was amazing and they did everything we ask of them. We have some special kids and I have got to do a better job as a coach to put us in a better position to win.”
The 14 points surrendered to Beech ties the most points they have given up to a single opponent in any one game this season. They also gave up 14 points to Hillsboro back on September 6.
“Coming into tonight we had the number one defense in all the classifications,” Watson said. “I think if we are going to win a championship this season it will be because of the defense.”
The players were treated to an amazing atmosphere by both fan bases as an estimated 6,800 people attended Friday night’s game.
“Regular season this is probably the biggest game since 2012 when we played Station Camp on TV,” Crabtree said. “This is why high school kids play football. It is supposed to be like this. This is what you get when you have two community schools who really support each other and are playing for a region championship. It doesn’t get any better than this.”
Beech remains undefeated (9-0, 4-0 Region 6-5A) while Gallatin drops to 8-1, 3-1 in Region 6-5A.
Both will play in Week 11 as Beech travels to Hillwood and Gallatin plays host to Glencliff.
The battle of the unbeatens takes place Friday at Beech High School at Shackle Island Stadium on “The Hill” at 7pm
Pep Rally during Skinny Block – It will be outside weather permitting.
Senior Night festivities begin at 6:30pm
WEAR ORANGE – ORANGE OUT for the game!!!