Thursday, September 16, 2021

Bison roll to third straight win

Beachwood scored 26 unanswered points on the way to a 48-28 win over visiting Warrensville Heights on Friday.

With the win, the Bison improved to 3-0 on the year.

“Our kids played great,” said Beachwood coach Damion Creel. “We’re starting to figure it out a little bit. We’re not where we want to be yet but we’re getting there.”

The Bison scored four straight touchdowns before Warrensville Heights was able to respond.

Kendyn Wiggins scored on a three-yard run and Jeshawn Minter added a one-yard plunge to give the Bison a 13-0 lead in the first quarter. Minter and Wiggins both scored on touchdown runs in the second quarter to push that lead to 26-0 before the Tigers countered with a 27-yard touchdown pass to leave Beachwood in front at halftime, 26-6.

Sam Babbush booted a 24-yard field goal early in the third quarter and Letraize Walker ran for a one-yard score. Minter’s third touchdown run, a one-yarder, pushed the Beachwood lead to 41-6.

Dawann Gray closed out the Beachwood scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run.

“Warrensville posed a great test for us,” Creel said. “They’re very big and have great athletes at every position. They tested our kids mentally and physically.”

The Bison passed that test with flying colors.

Warrensville added a late touchdown in the third quarter off of the Beachwood second team and scored twice in the fourth quarter but by then the game was out of reach.

“The score is a bit deceiving,” Creel said. “We don’t have a JV team so I have to get my guys an opportunity to play when I can.”

Beachwood’s starting defense allowed just six points in nearly three quarters of work.

“We have a good front led by Kyle Oliver and Jacob Borison, two seniors who have been with me since Day 1,” Creel said. “It’s been great to watch those two grow. Antonio Roscoe, Rashard Vanzant and Elijah Durham-Harris, that’s the front. Our goal was to stop the run this year because in the (Chagrin Valley Conference) the way it is you have established programs that can run the ball. We want to force teams to throw the ball and our front is doing the job right now.”

The Bison improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2009 season. They’ll put their perfect record on the line and open CVC play at home against West Geauga next Friday.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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