Beechcroft beats Bexley for first win


Going into the fourth week of the season, Beechcroft had yet to win a game or even play at home.

Both streaks were snapped on Sept. 8 as the Cougars beat Bexley 21-0 to improve to 1-2, bringing a smile to coach Humphrey Simmons.

“There were a lot of ups and downs in the first four weeks, but we got the rebound game we needed and we got the win,” said Simmons, whose team saw their game of Week 2 canceled due to Columbus City Schools. teachers’ strike. “We had new shirts, we were playing at home and we got the must-win.”

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Neither team could find their bearings in a penalty-ridden first quarter, but Beechcroft scored two touchdowns in the second.

Jovontice Shull scored on a 7-yard run with 11 minutes and 4 seconds left in the first half. Quarterback Aurelius Scott then hit Jayden Douglas with a 35-yard touchdown pass with 9:27 left before halftime.

“I don’t think I played my best tonight, but we’re getting there,” said Scott, who passed 11-for-20 for 138 yards with two interceptions. “I felt good after the Big Walnut game (383 total yards in a 59-24 loss on Sept. 2) and we kept going.”

Douglas took the opening kick of the second half from 70 yards out for the game’s final score. The elder also had an interception as a defensive back.

“I jumped (the kickoff) and then picked it up and walked away,” Douglas said. “I had two blockers in front of me and I was able to go from there.”

Bexley's Jackson Frey is looking for a receiver against Beechcroft on Sept. 8.  The Lions lost 21-0.

Bexley couldn’t find his way into the end zone. The Lions headed for the Beechcroft 20-yard line in the final minute, but quarterback Jackson Frey’s rushing pass left the end zone.

“We’re so young and we have so many kids going through their first college experience,” said Bexley coach Mike Kerr, whose team fell 0-3. “They learn on the job. If they continue to show the fight and the effort they put in tonight, they will be rewarded.

Rosean Burns rushed for 109 yards on nine carries for the Cougars, and DeShawn Henderson rushed for 35 yards on eight attempts.

Bexley’s Cliff Padmore rushed for 135 yards on 22 carries. Bennett Bloebaum and Jamel Thomas-Joyce both had an interception.


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