One of the biggest cheers in the Beechcroft High School football team's postgame huddle last Monday after a 54-0 victory over visiting Mifflin regarded the second-team defense's ability to keep their opponent out of the end zone on the game's final drive.

One of the biggest cheers in the Beechcroft High School football team's postgame huddle last Monday after a 54-0 victory over visiting Mifflin regarded the second-team defense's ability to keep their opponent out of the end zone on the game's final drive.

The first-team defense did its job as well, but that has come to be expected.

Lineman Jereaul White, linebacker Wallace Hale and end Austin Davenport have been among the standouts on a defense that has produced four shutouts and gave up its only points in a 30-13 win over St. Charles on Sept. 5.

"Our up-front and contain people have forced people to throw the ball," coach Tom Dunlap said. "Our linebackers in their short drops have been able to make the tackles. We've been aggressive because we've got a lot of kids who are juniors in there that played as sophomores. Now they're on a roll because they know the big games are coming up. They can't live on their laurels."

Beechcroft should learn whether it will have a postseason for the first time since 2005 over the next four games. The Cougars play host to East on Friday before traveling to defending City League-North Division champion Brookhaven on Oct. 3. The Tigers are 2-3 and the Bearcats are 4-1.

Their game Oct. 17 at home against Whetstone, which moved to 4-1 with a 44-14 win over East last Monday, also would be a heavy point-provider.

Before Beechcroft meets the Bearcats, Dunlap hopes his team can continue to solidify its quarterback play. Since early in the season, Joe Simpson and Antonio Stevenson have rotated based on game situations.

Simpson has shown ability rushing the ball and Stevenson has proven so far to have the better passing ability.

Early in the third quarter last Monday, Simpson completed a 37-yard pass to Hale that was negated because of a penalty.

Stevenson was 2-for-3 passing for 35 yards and one touchdown last Monday.

"It's not that we're rotating them, it's more about who looks better on a given night," Dunlap said. "They're both seniors and they know we need to get better throwing the ball. We'll continue to work on it every day. We want to change as many of our formations as we can."

East's wins this season came over a pair of teams which have one win apiece -- Cincinnati Aiken (34-26 on Sept. 6) and Northland (12-9 on Sept. 12).

"If we execute our stuff, that'll be the key," Dunlap said. "We're just trying to go to 6-0."

•Because it had its next two games postponed, the boys soccer team had a few more days to savor its 3-0 win Sept. 11 over Whetstone in its City-North opener.

The Cougars equaled last year's league win total with the victory over Whetstone and were 4-1 overall before playing Centennial last Tuesday after going just 3-10 a year ago.

In addition to having a new coach in former Brookhaven coach Jim Himes, Beechcroft has been infused by newcomers Abdullah Mulatawfiq at forward and Jeremy McOwen on defense. The Cougars also have received strong play from junior goalkeeper Zach Davis, senior forward Muhammed Sidibeh and junior forward Yves Nzwanga.

Junior Charles McClelland has filled a key role at sweeper.

"(Mulatawfiq) has really been playing well," Himes said. "He's got some of the best ball-handling skills in the City and we're just working with him to get him to trust his teammates. Sidibeh has just an amazing sense of the field and Yves Nzwanga, our other striker, is a good communicator. The nice thing is that I've only got two seniors."

Beechcroft was scheduled to play two-time defending City champion Northland on Sept. 16 and was expected to make up the game either last Wednesday or on a coming Monday or Wednesday.

Himes was hoping his team will not have to play the Vikings the day before or after it faces Brookhaven on Tuesday

East, which the Cougars were to play today, recently elected to cancel its season.

The Tigers won four games last year, including beating Beechcroft 5-2.

"It's been a long time since we've beaten Whetstone," Himes said.

"For the team, it was a well-deserved win and a piece of satisfaction. They're all feeling really good about themselves right now."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Beechcroft football, boys soccer, girls soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball teams:

FOOTBALL

*Sept. 12 -- Defeated Linden 70-0

*Last Monday -- Def. Mifflin 54-0. Wallace Hale had eight rushes for 135 yards and three touchdowns.

Friday -- Home vs. East. Last season, Beechcroft won 54-12.

Of note: The Cougars are 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the City-North.

BOYS SOCCER

Sept. 9 -- Lost to Wellington 3-1

*Sept. 11 -- Def. Whetstone 3-0

*Sept. 16 -- Game vs. Northland postponed

*Sept. 18 -- Game vs. Mifflin postponed

*Last Tuesday -- Played Centennial

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Brookhaven

Of note: The Cougars were 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the City-North before last Tuesday.

GIRLS SOCCER

Sept. 9 -- Def. East 2-1

*Sept. 16 -- Game vs. Northland postponed

Sept. 18 -- Game vs. Briggs postponed

Last Tuesday -- Played West Jefferson

Today -- At Madison Christian. The Cougars lost 4-0 on Sept. 4.

Monday -- At Fairbanks

Tuesday -- At East

Of note: The Cougars were 1-1 before last Tuesday.

TENNIS

*Last Tuesday -- Def. Mifflin 3-2

*Sept. 16 -- Match vs. Brookhaven postponed

*Sept. 18 -- Match vs. Linden postponed

Last Monday -- Played in City League Coaches Tournament at Whetstone Park of Roses. The finals were held last Wednesday.

Of note: The Cougars were 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the City-North before last Tuesday.

VOLLEYBALL

Sept. 11 -- Lost to Marion-Franklin 25-10, 25-13, 25-10

*Sept. 16 -- Match vs. Northland postponed

*Sept. 18 -- Match vs. Mifflin postponed

*Last Tuesday -- Played Centennial

*Today-- Home vs. East

*Tuesday -- Home vs. Brookhaven

Of note: The Cougars were 1-4 before last Tuesday.

*City-North contest