Bucs Roll Over Gallatin
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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.”