Celebrating 40 Years of Excellence

Posted by Beech High School on Jun 04 2020 at 12:20PM PDT

This year we will celebrate 40 years of excellence in the classroom and on athletic fields/courts of competition. We will introduce and have All-Decade Teams for football as well as have a “Top 5 games of the Decade” list for each of our decades. 1981-1990/1991-2000/2001-2010/2011-2020. Normally, would be 0-9 but we opened 80-81 which shorted us a year… 2020-2021 begins our 41st full year as a school – so we are celebrating 40 years!! Hope that makes sense on how we put this together.

This week we will start off with a list of games from the 80’s of top games. Requirement 1 is we must have won the game, otherwise it isn’t a good game! Requirement 2 is it must be big because it was a last second type win or it was a big win for the football program (think first win over …., or first playoff win)

1980 21-20 win over White House
This game featured a Beech team which had the entire starting offensive line from the previous year’s White House team and a 3 year WH starting QB, Mark Ralph, starting at Beech. was 1-7. With less than 2 minutes to play the Bucs scored an elected to go for two points. Ralph ran an option around right side for the score and a 21-20 win.

1981 15-8 win over Goodlettsville
With under two minutes remaining, QB Greg Herron hit Greg Poole on an 11 yard TD pass to take a 13-8 lead. The Bucs went for two as holder Brent Neal hit Randy Cook with a pass from 3 yards out for a 15-8 win.

1981 23-22 win over Greenbrier
The Bucs fell behind on the road 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. A 55 yard interception return by Steve Moon just berfore the half brought Beech back to a 14-13 score at the half. The Bobcats scored on their opening drive of the 3rd quarter to go up 22-13. Guy Neal’s TD catch with 7 minutes left made it 22-20 as the two point try failed. The Bucs won the game on a Hoy Grimm 43 yard field goal with 1:15 remaining in the game .

1981 21-14 win over Livingston Academy (first playoff win)
The Bucs were tied at 14 until Billy Paul Carver ran 7 yards into the endzone with 4:52 left in the game. The Bucs went 67 yards on 7 plays with the big play being a 30 yard pass from Greg Herron to Guy Neal. Neal had intercepted a pass in the endzone in the second quarter and ran 103 yards for a touchdown to give the Bucs a 14-0 lead at the half of Beech’s first playoff game and it was also at Livingston, TN.

1985 17-14 win over Springfield
Eddie Messer’s 4th quarter TD catch from Duke Porter tied the game at 14 and Mark Whited hit a 27 yard field goal in OT to put the Bucs up and Stacey Swaby intercepted a third down pass to seal the victory.

1986 7-6 win over Hendersonville
Chris Gilley’s 2nd quarter 41 yard TD catch from Duke Porter and Mark Whited’s PAT put the Bucs up 7-0 at the half. HHS scored in 3rd quarter but missed their kick. J.C. Brinkley blocked a HHS 43 yard field goal attempt in the final second of the game to preserve the win and put the Bucs in first place of 9AAA at 6-2/4-1.

1987 14-10 win over MBA
The MBA game was a nailbiter. Down 10-7 with under 4 minutes remaining, Billy Gibreath recovered a fumble at the 50 yard line. The Bucs went 6 playd down to the 1 yard line where Bubba Pedigo plowed over for a TD with 1:22 left in the game. Todd Robinsion’s PAT made it 14-10.

1989 28-22 win over Smyrna in 2OT
No story was available on The Tennessean for either of these games – when I can get in the archives at Sumner Co. courthouse I will recap the story.

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