Saturday, November 06, 1999

Beechwood 44, Raceland 12

Tigers win 40th straight at home

Enquirer contributor

Beechwood's Ben List runs past Raceland's Stephen Kearns.
(Jeff Swinger photo)
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        Beechwood won for the 40th straight time at home, beating Raceland 44-12 in the first round of the Class A playoffs on Friday night.

        The game was a slugfest, marred by numerous flags, but Beechwood overcame the pen alties and four turnovers in the rout.

        The Tigers dominated with their running game, picking up 312 of their 372 total yards on the ground.

        “That's how to win in the playoffs,” said Tigers coach Mike Yeagle. “Our game plan was to run it right them, and keep it away from them.”

        The Tigers scored early and often. Beechwood was up 13-0 by the end of the first quarter, and led 36-0 before Raceland got on the score baord in the fourth.

        Joey Hampel led the Tigers offense with 134 yards on nine carries and scored on runs of 17, 25 and 61 yards. The 61-yard touchdown came on Beechwood's first play from scrimmage in the second half.

        “It's a team game, and everybody has to do their part,” said Hampel. “Our giant line does their part,”

        Hampel had plenty of help in the backfield as well. Mike Sketch carried 18 times for 122 yards. Mike Nie had just five carries, but found the end zone twice.

        Perhaps the most important rusher for Beechwood was quarterback Ben List. He ran 10 times for 91 yards.

        “The main thing that opens things up is having a quarterback that runs the ball,” Yeagle said. List passed just five times, completing three for 60 yards.

        Raceland tried to counter with the run, but got too far behind to use it often. Daniel Vanderhoof gained 131 yards on 17 carries for the Rams.

        Beechwood, winners of six state titles in the last eight years, took Friday's win in stride.

        “It's the first round,” said Hampel. “We just have to keep making steps.”

        Raceland ....... 0   0   0  12—12

        Beechwood ....... 13   8  15   8—44

        B-Hampel 14 run (Robb kick)

        B-Nie 5 run (conversion failed)

        B-Nie 3 run (Sketch pass from List)

        B-Hampel 61 run (Robb kick)

        B-Hampel 27 run (Nie run)

        R-Vanderhoof 4 run (conversion failed)

        B-Mann 22 run (Mann run)

        R-Stamper 35 pass from Boyd (conversion failed)

        Records: R 7-4, B 9-2


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Bellbrook 30, Purcell Marian 15
Centerville 35, Mason 31
Cincinnati Country Day 33, Mechanicsburg 7
Edgewood 63, McNicholas 28
Elder 14, Oak Hills 0
Huber Heights Wayne 18, Fairfield 14
Indian Hill 26, Madeira 14
Ironton 28, Wyoming 14
Kings 32, Vandalia Butler 23
Lebanon 17, Springboro 0
New Richmond 42, London 32
St. Xavier 49, Moeller 32
Twin Valley South 25, Batavia 20
Wheelersburg 30, Badin 7
- Beechwood 44, Raceland 12
Bellevue 55, Paris 20
Garrard County 28, Newport 27
Highlands 68, Anderson County 14
Holmes 41, Franklin Co. 25
Lou. Fern Creek 12, Boone Co. 0
Ludlow 37, Nicholas County 24
Newport Central Catholic 35, Berea 13