Through the first 14 minutes of its 49-7 win over Northland on Oct. 30, the Beechcroft High School football team caused three turnovers and scored four touchdowns.

Through the first 14 minutes of its 49-7 win over Northland on Oct. 30, the Beechcroft High School football team caused three turnovers and scored four touchdowns.

The Cougars, according to senior wide receiver and defensive back Mike Powers, had a mentality that should serve them well going forward.

With the win over the Vikings, Beechcroft captured its second consecutive City League-North Division championship and clinched a Division III, Region 9 playoff berth.

The Cougars are 7-2 overall and are the sixth seed heading into their first-round matchup at third-seeded Zanesville on Friday, Nov. 6.

"It was just that killer instinct that we came out with," said Powers, who returned a fumble caused by Dai-Shau Cottrell 65 yards for a touchdown to give the Cougars a 28-7 lead with 10:07 left in the first half. "We're happy, but we can always do better. There's always room to improve."

Beechcroft finished 6-0 in the City-North for the second consecutive season.

Senior Rodell Rahmaan, who sees time at running back and wide receiver on offense and linebacker on defense, rushed for two touchdowns against Northland. He also contributed in 2013 when Brookhaven went 7-0 to win the league title during its final season.

The Cougars closed the regular season on a three-game winning streak after losing to Watterson 30-21 on Oct. 9. They went 1-2 in non-league games, with their other loss coming against Central Crossing, 28-6 on Sept. 11.

Beechcroft outscored its league opponents by a combined 254-37.

"We worked well together and have cut down on penalties since losing to Central Crossing and Watterson," Rahmaan said.

The last time Beechcroft played Zanesville was during the 2004 regular season when it beat the Blue Devils 20-8, but it probably would prefer to forget the last time it played at Zanesville's Sulsberger Memorial.

It was last year. The Cougars lost to Steubenville 29-21 in the Division IV, Region 13 final and a postgame brawl took place.

The Beechcroft-Zanesville winner will face second-seeded DeSales or seventh-seeded Chillicothe in a regional semifinal Nov. 13.

"Every week we've tried to amp up our intensity, and these seniors have taken that to heart," coach Trevor White said. "We tell these kids that if you're a really good team, you take advantage of the other team's mistakes. I couldn't be prouder of them."

Zanesville is 7-3 and has won its last three games.

Quarterback Derek Grandstaff has completed 72 of 110 passes for 1,375 yards with 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions. His primary target is wide receiver Alessio Amata, who has 34 catches for 677 yards and nine touchdowns. On the ground, Deaunte Goins has 644 yards and eight touchdowns on 76 carries and Leondre Crosby has 1,067 yards and 12 scores on 148 rushes.

White said he expects senior quarterback Macyah Fleming to be back on the field for the Cougars after missing the Northland game with a concussion. Fleming has thrown for 990 yards and 10 touchdowns, while backup Kyle Barrett has passed for 253 yards and four scores.

Joe Sullens leads the Cougars in rushing yards with 445 yards, and he and Fleming both have five rushing touchdowns. Powers has 22 catches for 352 yards and two touchdowns and Rahmaan has 15 receptions for 487 yards and eight scores.

"I know (Zanesville is) a good team and that they've got a big, physical front with a good quarterback and running back and a couple good receivers," White said. "They definitely like to run the ball while mixing in some passing plays."

Northland finished 6-4 overall and tied Whetstone for second in the City-North at 4-2. Mifflin (3-3) finished fourth in the league, followed by Linden-McKinley (2-4) and Centennial and East (both 1-5).

Three football teams share City-South title

The City League-South ended with a three-way tie for the title in football.

On Oct. 30, Walnut Ridge beat Independence 48-0, Marion-Franklin beat South 40-0 and Eastmoor Academy defeated Africentric 41-22 to share the title at 6-1.

Independence (4-3), West (3-4), Briggs (2-5), South (1-6) and Africentric (0-7) rounded out the standings.

It marked the 12th consecutive season in which Marion-Franklin earned at least a share of the league championship.

Eastmoor, Marion-Franklin and Walnut Ridge all finished 7-3 overall and Independence finished 6-4, but none of the teams qualified for the playoffs.

The Red Devils finished 10th in Region 9, snapping their run of 11 consecutive playoff appearances.

Eastmoor and Independence were ninth and 14th, respectively, in Region 9, and Walnut Ridge and Northland were ninth and 13th, respectively, in Division II, Region 5. The top eight teams in both regions made the playoffs.