News and Announcements
Buccaneer Basketball announces changes to the end of the week schedule due to the football team playing in the state title game on Thursday night.
The freshman boys game will be on Saturday at 9am.
All Day Saturday Basketball!!
JV Girls at 11am
JV Boys at 12:30pm
Varsity Girls at 2pm
Varsity Boys at 3:30pm
The freshman boys team remained undefeated last night as they disposed of the HHS squad 58-44.
The varsity teams played at Cheatham County last night. The girls (4-2) lost 66-43.
The boys (4-3) team beat CCHS 87-44.
On Thursday, BHS will play in its third championship game in nine years. This year’s foe will not be Columbia Central, whom the Bucs have beaten twice in the title game. Knox Catholic, one of the few remaining private schools in Division I sports in the state of Tennessee will meet our Bucs on a cold and probably wet field in Cookeville, TN at 7pm to determine the 2017 5A State Football Champion. The Irish have averaged 43.1 points a game this year while giving up 27.9.
While their record may not seem impressive a closer look at the losses tell us a different story. Loss #1 occurred to Maryville by a score of 49-42 on opening night. Maryville is in the 6A title game and have won 15 state titles, 11 of those since 2000.
Loss #2 was to Eagles Landing Christian Academy from McDonough, Georgia by a score of 55-10. The Chargers are 11-0 and in the semifinals of the Georgia Private School Playoffs on Friday. Loss #3 was to Brentwood Academy 50-14 in week 6 of the season. BA is in the finals of the D2 Large Division on Saturday and undefeated at 11-0 as well. Take those three losses out of the picture and the entire dynamic of the Knox Catholic season changes.
With about a 60/40 percentage of run/pass offense and a huge offensive line led by D1 commit Cade Mays the Bucs will have their hands full and then some. This will be without a doubt the very best team we have played in 2017. Soddy Daisy played the Irish as close as anyone in 5A competition in a 49-48 loss, but most other games have been lopsided in nature. Our Bucs have their hands full and will need a tremendous effort, mistake free and opportunistic play to win this game. We need all hands on deck – get your tickets and get to Cookeville – BE ROWDY, BE LOUD!!
Last 5 years – Knox Catholic is 52-15
2008 Class AAA State Champion
2015 Class AAAA State Champion
Highlight Video: http://www.maxpreps.com/games/football-fall-17/knoxville-catholic-vs-soddy-daisy/9-15-2017-ZRLTzA3xAEyHEisy96tUSA.htm#tab=videos&schoolid=
21-3 win for the Bucs – 14-0 headed to the TSSAA 5A State Title Game on Thursday vs Knox Catholic at 7pm
Tickets can be purchased at BHS for $12 – tix will get you into all 3 games on Thursday at TTU.
Story by Zach Womble
HENDERSONVILLE – For the first time since 2012, the Beech Buccaneer football team will play for the ultimate prize – a golden football at the 2017 Blue Cross Bowl in Cookeville, Tennessee on Nov. 30.
Beech secured its third trip to the championship game with a 21-3 victory over Brighton High School on Friday. Bucs running back Kaemon Dunlap led the way with 26 carries for 194 yards and all three Beech touchdowns. As well as the offense played, it was again the Bucs defense that stole the show.
Defensive lineman Delaney Williams finished the game with four tackles for loss with two sacks, and was a key contributor in limiting the Cardinals to less than 200 yards of total offense.
“Just getting to the outside and using my moves,” Williams said. “We are just trying to get another ring, get back to the state championship. I think just our hard work in the weight room and on the practice fields has really gotten us to this point.”
Brighton came into the game averaging over 30 points per game, but the Bucs defense has really played well since the start of the playoffs and it showed again on Friday night.
“The last three or four weeks that unit has really, really stepped up,” Beech coach Anthony Crabtree said. “I think the first game that comes to me off the top of the head that they really hit it out of the park was the second-round matchup with Hillsboro. Every since then it seems like we’ve been on fire.”
The Bucs will carry their 14-0 record into Cookeville on Nov. 30 with a shot at immortality when they face off against Class 5A powerhouse, Knoxville Catholic.
The game may be another David versus Goliath matchup to a lot of people in the state of Tennessee, but for this Bucs program, and those who have followed the team closely, they know what this team is capable of.
“We’ve been studying Knoxville Catholic for a little while now,” senior offensive lineman Jordan Adams said. “We know they have some big boys, but we’ve been playing big boys all year long. We are going to go out there and do what we do which is run the football.”
Both teams exchanged punts to start the game, but it didn’t take long for the Bucs to reach the end zone, as Dunlap scored his first touchdown on a 1-yard run with 9:02 left in the first half. The scoring drive lasted seven plays, spanning 69 yards.
“We’ve got the heart and we are a team,” Adams said. “We believe in our team and believe we can run the ball down anyone’s throats. We are always underestimated but our record shows it all.”
A forced punt by the Bucs defense gave quarterback Nelson Smith and the offense great field position at their own 39 with three minutes left until half. Dunlap carried the ball on five of the six plays before scoring from seven yards out for the 14-0 lead.
“It’s just so amazing to see all this hard work come to fruition,” Smith said. “We talked way before the season and I said this team is full of brothers and we weren’t going down this season without a fight and it’s going to be the same thing Thursday night. We are here to win it.”
The Cardinals added their only three points of the night on their first possession of the second half, gaining 30 yards before settling for the 35-yard field goal with 5:08 left in the third quarter.
Following the first Beech turnover of the game, Brighton was given a golden opportunity to cut the deficit, but again the Bucs defense rose to the occasion. Facing a fourth-and-1 from the Bucs 5-yard line, the Beech defensive line got great penetration up front, recording a tackle for loss and a turnover-on-downs – seemingly deflating the Cardinal faithful.
Beech milked eight-plus minutes off the clock, driving 95 yards for another score and the 21-3 lead. Dunlap carried up the middle for 25 yards for his third score of the night. David Johnson connected on three of his extra points.
The Bucs defense recorded two more stops, earning the victory and a shot at the Class 5A state title.
“I don’t think it will take anything different that it hasn’t the first 14 games,” Crabtree said. “We can’t beat ourselves. (We need to) play Buccaneer football, continuing to make plays on both sides, the kicking game is going to be big and we just have to find a way to win.”
Beech will play Knoxville Catholic for the Class 5A state championship on Thursday, Nov. 30, 7 p.m. at Tucker Stadium in Cookeville, Tennessee.
Pic is interception and return by Heath Crabtree in first quarter of game.
Story by Zach Womble
SPRING HILL – For the first time since 2009, Beech High School will host a Final Four semifinal contest at Shackle Island Stadium. The Bucs defeated Summit High School 21-16 in the Class 5 A quarterfinals on Friday night, advancing to the school’s third ever Final Four game.
Kaemon Dunlap led the Bucs offense with 30 carries for 189 yards and scored all three Beech touchdowns, but it was the defense that really stepped up Friday night to secure the victory.
This game marked the first time the Bucs (13-0) had to travel for their playoff game. It was a different atmosphere, but that was no excuse for the lack of flow shown by the Bucs offense, according to head coach Anthony Crabtree.
“It is different playing on the road but that is no excuse for the way our offense played tonight,” he said. “We just made a lot of mental errors, stuttered early even though we got a couple scores. We just never really hit a rhythm on offense. We just stumped our toe all night and we are very fortunate our defense played extremely well. That is what won the game for us.”
Beech jumped out early 7-0 on its first drive of the game when Dunlap found the end zone for six, less than six minutes into the opening frame.
Following a turnover-on-downs, the Bucs defense forced the only turnover of the night when senior linebacker Heath Crabtree stepped in front a Spartan pass, intercepting the ball and giving Beech excellent field position at the opposition’s 20-yard line. The Bucs needed just four plays before Dunlap pushed the lead to 14-0 on a 2-yard run up the gut. David Johnson connected on all three of his extra point attempts.
With 8:49 left in the half, the game looked like it would get ugly quick, but credit the Spartans, as they never hung their head and slowly chipped away at the Bucs lead.
“There is credit to be given to Summit,” Crabtree said. “They did some good things, they are a good football team, and they played their tail off. We knew they were going to, but we just hoped that we would do a little better job of finding rhythm on offense and we didn’t do that.”
The Spartans started their first touchdown drive with excellent field position following a kickoff out of bounds that put the ball at midfield. Following a 27-yard run, Summit scored on an 11-yard run with 6:03 remaining in the first half, bringing the score to 14-7.
Facing fourth-and-2 from their own 28, the Bucs elected to go for the first down, but were ultimately stopped for a turnover-on-downs, giving Summit great field position with nearly five minutes left until halftime.
The Spartans were unable to score six, but added three more points to cut the deficit to 14-10, where it stayed until halftime.
The defense again bailed Beech out after a fumble on the kickoff on their own 46-yard line. After a false start and unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Spartans, Summit was forced to punt away a golden opportunity. Beech capitalized.
Taking over at the 45-yard line, Dunlap carried the ball six out of seven times before bursting through the line for a 32-yard score, his longest run of the night, to put the Bucs up 21-10 with seven minutes left in the third quarter.
The teams exchanged punts until the Spartans were able to put together a lengthy drive which set up a possible 27-yard field goal to cut the lead to just one. However, a great push by the Beech defensive line allowed multiple Bucs to bust through and block the would-be three-point play to end the third quarter.
On its next drive, Summit drove 68 yards on nine plays before surging in for the 1-yard touchdown with 3:39 remaining in the game. Electing to go for two, Summit ran a jet sweep, but the Bucs defense was having no part of it, stopping them short of the goal line by nearly 4 yards.
Trailing 21-16, Summit elected to kick deep, putting the game on its defense to get a stop and give the offense one last shot at glory. The defense did its job, forcing a three-and-out, but the Spartans were unable to move the football as Garrett Butler deflected a would-be first down throw with just over a minute remaining to seal the victory and a trip to the Final Four.
“We are definitely going to go back and tighten down a bit more,” Crabtree said of his team’s preparation over the next week. “Practice the last few weeks hasn’t been where we wanted it to be. We are going to pick up the intensity and focus and see if we can do a better job of preparing.”
Beech will host Brighton Friday night at Shackle Island Stadium with a shot at Class 5 A title game in Cookeville on the line.
“This is a great experience for our guys,” Crabtree said after the game. “Beech High School has hosted only one semifinal game (2009), in the history of the school. It’s a great experience and it’s always a lot of fun. There are very few football teams still playing. It’s a big holiday with Thanksgiving and people being in town. Hopefully, we will have a great turnout and it will be a great environment getting to play on our own field and in our own stadium. Our guys are excited about that opportunity.”
The 2017 Beech Wrestling Team is primed and ready to get going and expectations are high for this group. The Bucs have the returning 113 lb. state champ, Noah Horst, as well as 2x runner-up Brayden Palmer (113/120), 3x state medalist and 2016 state champ, Trevor Rippy, as well as 2017 state medalist at 170, Kyle Smith and 2 time state qualifiers, Jeremiah Herron and Bristin Hulsey, returning for another season.
In addition, the Bucs have some new guys in the lineup. At 106,the 2017 middle school state champ and 2nd ranked wrestler in the state as a 9th grader,is Trey Bates. Bates is expected to be a huge contributor this season. At 126/132 will be 2017 middle school state champ, Mason Smith. Smith is ranked 8th in the state as a 9th grader.
Palmer (2nd), Horst (1), Herron (5), Rippy (1) and Smith (2) are all ranked in the preseason and this lineup has the ability to battle for the first state title in school history. “If the new guys coming in at the higher weight classes can improve and we can stay healthy this year, we should have a great shot at winning it all… provided we work our tails off and prepare”, said HC Jeff Roberts.“This is the deepest roster we have ever had, there is more competition for mat time and that should help us reach our goals this year”, added Coach Roberts. If you haven’t been to a match come out this year and support the Bucs as they battle there way to Franklin throughout the season in hopes of winning the AAA title.
The Mat Men of Shackle Island open their season November 21 at Independence HS. Their home opener will be November 28 at 6pm vs state power Wilson Central and perennial state powerhouse Clarksville HS. #GoBucs