The nightcap of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown was a lopsided affair dominated by 1A Beechwood as they toppled 6A Simon Kenton behind big performances from seniors Darrick Brilz and Taylor Davis.
After both teams failed to score in the first quarter, Beechwood put up three scores in the second quarter to give them a commanding lead that would stand as their defense pitched the shutout. The Tigers tacked on a fourth score in the third quarter to make the final spread 28-0.
Brilz setup the first touchdown by intercepting a Brennan Kuntz pass and rumbling into Simon Kenton territory with it. He then scored the first points of the game when Davis found him for the 21-yard scoring strike.
"I dropped two passes and it made me very angry and I had to forget about it," Brilz said. "I won it back I guess with the interception and the game turned out the way it did."
After forcing a stop on the defensive side of the football, it was standout running back Cameron Vocke's turn to get into the mix offensively as he took off on a long 40-yard scamper to get the Tigers into the redzone. A few plays later he finished off the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run.
--Postgame: Taylor Davis, Beechwood
--Postgame: Darrick Brilz, Beechwood
Three minutes later Beechwood was back in the endzone. This time it was Gage Erdman taking it off-tackle left for the seven-yard touchdown run. The score was setup by a pass from Davis to tight end Dane Everett who trucked over a Simon Kenton defender on his way to a nice pick up. That touchdown gave Beechwood a 21-0 lead heading into halftime.
Simon Kenton looked like they might have finally got a break late in the third quarter when Jared Bowling, who played well all night at the linebacker position, recovered a fumble at the Beechwood 35. However, the Tigers defense held strong and got the ball back.
A few minutes later, Beechwood was back in the redzone after Taylor found Brilz over top again on a long and impressive pass and catch over the top. Fullback Joe Staten put the game out of reach with a five yard touchdown a few plays later to make the final score 28-0.
Davis completed 6-of-12 passing attempts for 107 yards and one touchdown in his first start as the varsity starter for Beechwood.
"We found our success running a lot of play action," Davis said after the game. "We just took what they gave us, ran play action and rolled out and threw to Josh Bradley, Darrick Brilz, Dane Everett and Corey Cruse. They did great."
His teammate and fellow senior Vocke ran the ball 20 times for 105 yards.
The one bright spot for Simon Kenton was their running game. Nate Powell was a workhorse all night as he carried 20 times for 101 yards. The Pioneers just couldn't come up with enough plays to sustain drives.
Beechwood advances to 1-0 on the season while Simon Kenton falls to 1-1.
*Written by: Rick Broering, TriStateFootball.com