The Beechcroft High School football team used a series of big first-half plays to blow past host Mifflin 42-6 on Friday, Oct. 7, in the ThisWeekSPORTS.com Game of the Week.
Junior quarterback Maurice Hale, who entered the game with 1,134 yards passing, threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another score to help the Cougars improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the City League-North Division.
The Punchers had been giving up just 7.4 points a game entering the matchup, but fell to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the league.
Beechcroft led 35-6 by halftime.
“We just wanted to put some scores on them early,” Hale said. “It was surprising to get (five) touchdowns in the first half on them. It gives us motivation to end the rest of the season with no losses.”
The Cougars moved 86 yards on their first possession to score the game’s first touchdown. With 6 minutes, 12 seconds to go in the opening quarter, Hale hit Khaleed Franklin for a 43-yard touchdown to take a 7-0 lead.
Beechcroft used a 24-yard run by Hale and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Punchers on its next drive to move into scoring position. Then on third-and-goal from the 7, Hale hit Kevin Chapple for a touchdown to make it 14-0.
Kamaron Green returned the ensuing kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown to make it 14-6 with 2:19 to go in the opening quarter, but Beechcroft again answered with a scoring drive.
James Duncan ran in from 4 yards on the first play of the second quarter to give the Cougars a 21-6 lead. The possession was aided by holding and facemask penalties on Mifflin.
With 7:37 to go in the first half, Hale hooked up with Chapple for a 28-yard touchdown to make it 28-6.
Beechcroft’s final first-half points came on a 3-yard run by Hale. Earlier in the drive, Hale hit Chapple for a 59-yard pass and Shaquille Minnifield had a 30-yard run.
Duncan added a 41-yard touchdown run for the game’s final points with 3:20 remaining.
“We just wanted to take advantage of what they gave us,” Beechcroft coach Bruce Ward said. “We had some penalties, too, but we just tried to execute and we feel like we’re a dual-threat team.”
Hale rushed for 130 yards and passed for 171. Duncan rushed for 116 yards and Minnifield added 58 yards rushing.
Beechcroft held Mifflin running back Derrick Pope to 41 yards rushing.
“We just didn’t even show up to play,” Mifflin coach Gregg Miller said. “We didn’t do anything we coached all week and this was the best week of practice we’ve had all year.”
BEECHCROFT 14 21 0 7 -- 42
MIFFLIN 6 0 0 0 -- 6
B--Franklin 43 pass from Hale (Gweh kick)
B--Chapple 7 pass from Hale (Gweh kick)
M--Green 92 kickoff return (run failed)
B--Duncan 4 run (Gweh kick)
B--Chapple 28 pass from Hale (Gweh kick)
B--Hale 3 run (Gweh kick)
B--Duncan 41 run (Gweh kick)