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3:15 Beech – Kaemon Dunlap 3 yd TD run (David Johnson PAT kick).
0:54 Beech – . Johnson 25 yd FIELD GOAL.
9:37 Hillsboro – Adam Amroun 23 yd FIELD GOAL
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By ALEX DAUGHTERY
The Beech Buccaneers defeated the Hillsboro Burros 10-3 Friday night, moving to 13-0 and advancing to the 5A Quarterfinals.
In a game that featured two premier high school runningbacks, the deciding factor between Beech and Hillsboro was a stalwart defense by the Buccaneers.
“Unbelievable effort out of those guys,” coach Anthony Crabtree said of his defense after the game. “Just worked really hard all week on a game plan trying to give them a couple different looks.”
Crabtree knew that stopping Burros running back Jacob Frazier would be a huge step towards winning the game. And while Frazier still finished with 110 yards on 25 carries, the Buccaneers were able to contain him somewhat and come away with the win.
“Frazier’s an outstanding running back, the dude runs hard… my hat’s off to that guy. We knew in order to beat them we were going to have to stop him and I think our defense really answered the bell.”
After two short, unsuccessful drives by both teams opened the game, the lone touchdown on the night came with 3:15 left in the 1st quarter. Running back Kaemon Dunlap, who finished with 118 yards on 22 carries, plunged three yards for the score. The short field was set up by the Beech defensive lineman Cole Pulley intercepting Hillsboro quarterback Darius Smith at the 26-yard line.
A few drives later, kicker David Johnson gave Beech a 10-0 lead with a 25-yard field goal.
Beech would take the 10 point lead into halftime.
Hillsboro’s initial possession in the 3rd quarter was their most promising: they drove all the way down to the Beech 12-yard line with a good mix of pass and run. Facing 4th and 10 from the 12, Hillsboro elected to go for it, instead of kicking a short field goal. A sack by Pulley ended the drive and maintained the 10 point lead for Beech.
Eventually, Hillsboro would get in scoring position again, this time kicking a 22-yard field goal. This made it a 10-3 game with 9:37 left in the game.
Beech responded with their best drive of the 2nd half, driving to the Hillsboro 42-yard line behind several runs by Dunlap and Chaz Williamson. The drive stalled, however, and then Beech’s punt was blocked, leading to a tense final few minutes.
With 3:04 left, Hillsboro had the ball at the 49-yard line, needing a touchdown to tie the game. A Smith incompletion, followed by two short runs by Frazier, set up a final 4th and 10 from the 47. Smith rolled to his right to buy some time, but his long pass down the right sideline was broken up by Ty Dean.
Beech would take over and, following a few quarterback kneels from Nelson Smith, complete the 10-3 win.
Crabtree noted after the game that his team is ready to take on whoever they face in the next round.
“We’ve got 27 seniors. These guys don’t care where we’re going or who we play, they just wanted to play one more week. And they’ve done enough tonight to make that happen so I’m excited for those guys.”
Hendersonville Standard Article by Zach Womble
HENDERSONVILLE – If the Beech Buccaneers have any hope of bringing home the gold ball in December, they know their defense is going to have to get them there. Friday night’s second-round match up with Hillsboro was no different, as the Bucs defeated the Burros in a defensive battle, 10-3.
The victory means Beech (12-0) will travel to Summit to take on the Spartans in the elite eight, quarterfinal round.
“Unbelievable effort out of those guys,” Beech coach Anthony Crabtree said of his defensive unit. “We worked really hard this week preparing to give Hillsboro a couple different looks. Jacob Frazier [Hillsboro] is an outstanding running back. My hats off to that guy. We knew if we wanted to win we had to stop him. Our defense really answered the bell. We were able to put them in a bad situation a few times, but we answered the bell and that is all you can ask of the guys.”
Offensively, Kaemon Dunlap again paced the Bucs, carrying the ball 21 times for 119 yards and the game’s only touchdown.
Following a first possession punt that pinned the Burros deep on their side of the field, Beech’s Cole Pulley made the first big play of the game when he intercepted a Burros pass on third-and-10, setting up Beech inside the red zone.
Three plays later, Dunlap powered his way into the end zone from 4 yards out with 3:24 remaining in the opening frame for the 7-0 lead. David Johnson connected on his only extra point attempt of the night.
Both defenses stood tall during the next few possessions until a short field led to a David Johnson 35-yard field goal with 1:12 left in the half and a 10-0 Beech lead.
Hillsboro received the first possession of the second half and looked poised to trim the Bucs lead, but a big sack by Pulley on fourth-and-9 ended any hope of points for the Burros.
The Beech defense found itself backed into its own end zone again following the Bucs lone turnover of the night, but the Bucs stood their ground forcing a second-consecutive turnover-on-downs.
Later on, a shanked punt gave the Burros excellent field position at the Beech 34-yard line, where they needed nine plays before kicking a 17-yard field goal with 9:37 remaining to trim the orange and blue lead to just seven points.
Hillsboro looked to have life with just over two minutes remaining in the game, taking over near midfield after blocking a Beech punt.
After an incomplete pass on first down, no gain on second down and a 2-yard run on third down, the game came down to a fourth-and-8 from the Bucs 48-yard line. Throwing deep down the right sideline, Hillsboro was unable to connect for the big gain, turning the ball over on downs for the fifth time in the game.
Beech quarterback Nelson Smith kneeled three times to secure the victory and the first quarterfinal appearance for Beech since 2012.
“These guys don’t care where we go or who we play, they just want to play at least one more week,” Crabtree said. “They’ve done enough tonight to make it happen and I’m excited for those guys. It goes back to the 27 seniors we have. Their mindset and desire to succeed is where we need it. They’ve worked their tail off since January; we talk all time about we work too hard not to give ourselves a chance to win every Friday night. They are just bound and determined to make sure that happens.”
Beech will travel to Summit High School Nov. 17 with a trip to the Class 5A Semifinals on the line.