The Beechwood Tigers picked up their ninth straight victory and earned the right to host a state semi-final matchup next Friday night as they pulled away from the Frankfort Panthers in a 56-13 road win.
Beechwood (10-3) was only up 14-7 after the first half of action, but exploded for 42 second-half points. Senior running back Cameron Vocke continued his late-season surge by rushing for 196 yards and a touchdown and the defense shut down Frankfort (9-4) after the break and got the outbreak started with a pair of third-quarter interceptions.
Tigers' quarterback Michael Colosimo made some big plays during the breakout as well, throwing for two scores and 144 yards on 6-of-11 passing. Junior Joey Staten added a pair of touchdown runs and the defense and special teams came up with three scores of their own in the route.
The Tigers got 287 of their 458 yards of total offense after coming out of the locker room.
"I am really with happy with my staff making some great adjustments at halftime," head coach Noel Rash said in a phone interview for FOX19's Final Quarter. "You can say that all you want your kids have to go out and execute."
Going into the game Beechwood owned a distinct advantage in team depth and it proved to be a deciding factor.
"I think they were little worn down too. They came out very fired up and they tried to throw a punch at us and we were able to maintain it," Rash added. "They drove the ball down to about to the 12 or 15-yard line and we got a pick and drove it 96 yards and that started the dagger."
Dylan Quinn threw for a pair of touchdowns in the loss for the Panthers.
The win marks Beechwood's fourth straight regional title and sets up