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REGION 6-5A CHAMPIONS

Posted by Beech High School at Oct 25, 2019 10:10AM PDT
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HENDERSONVILLE STANDARDSTORY 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.

REGION 6-5A TITLE MATCH FRIDAY

Posted by Beech High School at Oct 21, 2019 7:08AM PDT
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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 ORANGEORANGE OUT for the game!!!

Bucs mash Camp 55-7

Posted by Beech High School at Oct 21, 2019 6:19AM PDT
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from Hendersonville Standard
Story by Matt Murray
Photo by Rick Murray

Hendersonville – The Beech Buccaneers jumped out to a big lead and never looked back, coasting to a 55-7 win over county rival Station Camp.

The Bucs took a 35-7 lead into halftime and put the game out of reach early in the third quarter.

Despite the big lead at the break, Beech spent most of the first quarter making up for penalties and a fumble that halted promising drives.

Beech Head Coach Anthony Crabtree knows his team needs to avoid early mistakes, but was pleased with how his team responded.

“We were a little unfocused at the start with penalties and turnovers, but we were able to get that straightened out,” Crabtree said. “We talked about those issues at halftime, and I thought we played fairly well in the second half.”

The Bucs got on the board on their opening possession when quarterback Xaviere Jones found Zak Oden for a 43-yard touchdown connection, making the score 7-0.

After a fumble halted the next Beech drive, Ja’Sean Parks ran in a 24-yard touchdown on the first play of the second quarter, putting the Bucs up 14-0.

After that, the Bison responded with a 3-yard touchdown run to cut the Buccaneer lead in half at 14-7.

Station Camp Head Coach Shaun Hollinsworth was happy with his team’s effort early on, but pointed out their mistakes continue to plague them.

“We fought very hard to stay in the ball game early on, but a couple of turnovers really got us in bad shape,” Hollinsworth said. “Poor tackling has also been a problem we just need to keep working on.”

Adrian Johnson then produced a trio of second quarter touchdowns to spread out the lead for the Bucs. The first one was a 10-yard rumble, while the next two were set up by Station Camp fumbles. Johnson scored from 7-yards out and later from 21-yards to extend the Buccaneer lead to 35-7.

The Buccaneers blocked a punt from Station Camp to open the second half, setting up Parks’s second touchdown of the night, this time from 3-yards out.

A pair of Patrick Hill touchdowns from 23 and 76-yards out put a cap on the scoring on the night at 55-7.

“We were tackling well early, but as time went on, we weren’t able to do so,” Hollinsworth said. “Give credit to (Beech), they are a good ball team, and we will just pick our heads up and keep fighting.”

The Bucs remains undefeated at 8-0, and will host Gallatin next Friday on Senior night for the region championship next Friday.

Crabtree noted his team will need to be better next week from the get go.

“You can’t make the mistakes we made tonight, when you play for a region championship,” Crabtree said. “That will put us behind the eight ball, and we don’t do well behind the eight ball.”

Station Camp continues to seek their first win of the season, and they will hit the road for a meeting with Mt. Juliet next week.

Bucs pirate the Battle for Hendersonville

Posted by Beech High School at Sep 17, 2019 8:03AM PDT
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Photo by Don McPeak
Story by Zach Womble/Hendersonville Standard
HENDERSONVILLE – In a battle for the City of Hendersonville Friday night, it was the visiting Buccaneers that pirated their way to an 18-17 victory.

Trailing 17-6 with just over three minutes remaining in the game, Beech capitalized on two Hendersonville mishandled punts – one by Andrew Martin and the other from Carter O’Bryan.

Both mishandled punts came deep inside the Commandos’ own territory, one fumble being recovered at the 32 and the other at the 19.

On the first mishandled punt, Beech took over with 4:32 left in the game.

Ja’Sean Parks ran 12 yards on two carries before Adrian Johnson burst through the middle for a 20-yard score with just over 3:30 left in the game.

“When they muffed that first punt,” Beech coach Anthony Crabtree said of when he felt the momentum flip in his favor. “They did a good job of controlling field position up until that point, then we were able to get some momentum once we stuck it in.”

Desperately needing a first down on its next series, Hendersonville drew up three straight run plays that yielded just eight yards.

From there, disaster struck again for the Commandos.

O’ Bryan failed to catch the snap on a punt was tackled at his own 19-yard line, giving Beech great field position with plenty of time to spare.

Needing just 19 yards in three minutes, Beech ran four plays before getting to the Commando 8-yard line and calling a timeout.

“We were trying to hammer them all night long, so we had a good idea they would try and squeeze up front,” Crabtree said. “We thought it would be a good idea to get outside of them and our quarterback [Xaviere Jones] was able to do that.”

Facing third-and-goal, Jones bootlegged right for the go-ahead score with only 40 seconds remaining.

The game ended on a short pass from Hohenbrink to Jacob Newton for only five yards.

“I feel like we should have won that game,” Hendersonville coach James Beasley said. “I feel like I cost our team this game. I didn’t prepare us for those situations in the game. I have to do a better job of getting our team ready for end-of-game situations and try to make sure we finish out games we have under control.”

Beasley is correct in saying the Commandos should have come out of Friday night with the victory, but the reality is they won the battle, and Beech won the war.

Offensively, Hendersonville outgained Beech in total yards and time of possession, but it was the Buccaneers that left Hendersonville High School 4-0.

“Offensively, we laid an egg tonight,” Crabtree said. “We made mistake after mistake and you’ve got to give Hendersonville a little credit for playing their tails off and having a good scheme and getting after us. It took some special teams plays to get back in it, and fortunately, that worked out for us, and we were able to capitalize in the fourth quarter. It didn’t look good at the end of the third quarter, but special teams were big tonight.”

Beech clung to a 6-0 lead following two Corey Edwards field goals before Hendersonville’s Andrew Martin cut the lead to 6-3 with a 25-yard field goal before halftime.

Hendersonville marched down the field to open the second half with a 10-play, 80-yard drive for the 10-6 lead.

Following a forced punt, Hendersonville pushed its lead to 17-6 on the next drive when Drew Hohenbrink plowed his way into the end zone for his second score of the game.

From that point on, Beech scored 12 unanswered points to win the game.

The loss dropped Hendersonville to 2-2 on the season. The Commandos hit the road for an important region game at Lebanon next week.

The Bucs will go on the road to play Hunters Lane.

“I think we will take a ton of confidence from this win,” Crabtree added. “We found a way to win when things didn’t look good. When you have one phase of your game that isn’t playing well, in this case our offense, and are still able to find a way to win, that is huge.”

9/17-9/21 This Week In Sports

Posted by Beech High School at Sep 17, 2019 7:46AM PDT
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Soccer
JV at Gallatin on Thursday at 5pm
V at Gallatin on Thursday at 7pm
V at Macon Coujnty on Saturday at 6pm

Cross Country
The Southern Showcase in Huntsville, AL on Saturday at 8am

Volleyball
JV/V vs Gallatin on Tuesday beginning at 4:30pm
JV/V at Station Camp on Thursday beginning at 4:30pm

Golf
V vs Portland and Wilson Central at Dogwood HIlls

Football
Freshman at Creek Wood HS on Thursday at 6:30pm
Varsity at Hunters Lane HS on Friday at 7pm