The Beechcroft High School football team took a big step toward winning the City League-North Division and making the Division II, Region 7 playoffs with a 21-14 victory over visiting Brookhaven on Friday, Oct. 21.
Beechcroft improved to 8-1 overall and 6-0 in the City-North. Brookhaven fell to 6-3 and 5-1.
Beechcroft quarterback Maurice Hale was intercepted three times and the Cougars committed seven turnovers, but Hale’s go-ahead 48-yard touchdown run with 2 minutes, 35 seconds to go in the third quarter held up behind a stout second-half defense.
“To have seven turnovers and still win by a touchdown against Brookhaven is an accomplishment,” coach Bruce Ward said.
Hale was intercepted twice during the opening quarter and it was the Bearcats who scored first on a 7-yard touchdown pass from Tajuan Green to Leitonn Backus to make it 6-0.
A fumble on the first play of the next drive by Beechcroft’s James Duncan was recovered by Tyler Frazier to give Brookhaven the ball at the Beechcroft 35.
Four plays later, Kevin Greenhow hit Backus for a 27-yard touchdown on a halfback pass with 10:58 to go before halftime. Donte Trowbridge connected with Savon Banks for a two-point conversion and 14-0 lead.
Beechcroft cut it to 14-6 on a 25-yard run by James Duncan with 9:36 to go in the first half. Hale hooked up with Kevin Chapple for a 10-yard touchdown pass with 1:30 left in the second quarter and then hit Duncan for a two-point conversion pass to tie it at 14.
The Cougars scored the winning points on the run by Hale, which completed a five-play, 65-yard drive. Beechcroft’s defense then made the lead hold up, forcing one punt and twice forcing turnovers on downs over the Bearcats’ final three possessions.
“We tried to continue playing fundamentally sound and we did our jobs to lay a hand on (Green),” linebacker Khaleed Franklin said. “We just kept fighting.”
Green completed seven of 24 passes for 116 yards and was intercepted once.
“They’ve got a real aggressive front seven and we had trouble protecting our quarterback,” Brookhaven coach Trevor White said.
BROOKHAVEN 6 8 0 0 -- 14
BEECHCROFT 0 14 7 0 -- 21
BR--Backus 7 pass from Green (kick blocked)
BR--Backus 27 pass from Greenhow (Banks pass from Trowbridge)
BE--Duncan 25 run (kick blocked)
BE--Chapple 10 pass from Hale (Duncan pass from Hale)
BE--Hale 48 run (Berry kick)