It was a battle of the Tigers in the final week of district play in Northern Kentucky and its was Beechwood showing its usually dominance on Senior Night versus Bellevue.
Beechwood took the lead on the very first play from scrimmage. Senior quarterback Michael Colosimo threw a screen pass to sophomore running back Max Nussbaum who raced to the end zone for a 60-yard touchdown play.
After Bellevue went three-and-out on its first possession, Beechwood took over on the 42-yard line. Four plays later junior running back Cameron Vocke scored on a 6-yard run to make the score 14-0.
Vocke scored again on a 55-yard run and Beechwood had a 21-0 lead with just over five minutes to play in the first quarter. Vocke carried the ball just five times for 136 yards rushing.
On the next three Beechwood possessions it only took one play for the Tigers to score. Vocke returned a Bellevue punt to the eight-yard line setting up Nussbaum for his second scoring play of the game, this time on an eight-yard run.
Colosimo connected with Dane Everett on a 53-yard pass play with less than a minute left in the first quarter to take a dominating 35-0 lead. Colosimo was a very efficient 3-4 passing for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
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With 10:36 in the second quarter, Vocke scored on a 43-yard run for his third touchdown of the game. The three-touchdown performance increases his area-leading total to 27 trips to the end zone.
When sophomore running back Gage Erdmann scored on a 14-yard touchdown run with just under eight minutes left in the half to make the score 49-0, the state's running clock mercy rule went into effect.
In the closing seconds before halftime, Beechwood polished off the onslaught with a 26-yard field goal by Jake Nussbaum to make the score 52-0. Beechwood outgained Bellevue 294-21 in total offense during the first half.
Bellevue finally scored in the fourth quarter after a 15-play, 74-yard drive. Freshman quarterback Tyler Ackerson threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Fogleson for the final score of 52-7.
Beechwood (6-3, 5-0) finishes district play with a perfect 5-0 record and has never lost a district game since class realignment four seasons ago. The Tigers from Fort Mitchell will travel to Newport Saturday night for its final regular season game versus Newport Central Catholic at Newport Stadium.
Bellevue (4-5, 3-2), who will go into the playoffs as the number three seed in the district, play its final regular season game Friday on the road against Lloyd in Erlanger.