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This was not a game of domination by Beechwood. Lloyd has a solid team with some talented players. This was a closely contested game till Beechwood made some big plays at the end of the first half. Then Lloyd's coach made a very questionable decision starting the second half that did not work and that was the ball game.

 

Q1

 

Beechwood got the ball first. A face mask penalty caused a 3 and out punt. Llloyd tried to run the ball and got nothing - 3 and out. A short punt gave Beechwood great field position. Lucas Benson made a great 20 yard reception to get the ball to the 6 and then Ethan Stringer ran it in from there. A bad snap on the extra point led to a Fieger to Slusher 2 point conversion. 8-0 Beechwood at 7:27. Lloyd was getting no where running the ball so they went to the air and found success. The Juggs scored on an 80 yard drive that included a 4th down conversion, Jordan Fann to Charles Gaines for the 9 yard TD. Then Fann scored on a weird 2 point conversion where he was stacked up at the line by several Beechwood players, forward progress stopped, but the refs never blew the whistle and Fann pushed forward again and scored ... 8-8 at 2:44. That Lloyd drive was dominated by their passing game with no yards at all running that I recall.

 

Q2

 

Beechwood put together a drive of their own and also used a 4th down play, Kyle Fieger hitting Brett Slusher with a pass in the flats that Slusher ran in for a 27 yard TD, Mario German XP 15-8 at 10:34. Lloyd came right back throwing the ball and Fann connected to Gaines on a 14 yard TD, XP no good, BW 15 Lloyd 14 at 7:10. Then came the turning point in the game. Beechwood drove 75 yards but got stopped on a 4th and goal at the 2. A couple plays after the stop, Beechwood freshman safety Logan Castleman intercepted a Fann pass and ran it in for a 24 yard pick 6, German XP, 22-14 at 1:07. Castleman is the first freshman starter at Beechwood since Brandon Berger back in the early 90's and he made his presence known in his first start. Lloyd tried to respond but Brett Slusher read a route and Fann pass perfectly, intercepting the ball and returning it 65 yards for another pick 6, bad snap on the XP, 28-14 Beechwood with 14 seconds to go in the half.

 

Q3

 

Lloyd received the second half kickoff and started their drive at their own 21. On 4th and 1, Coach Turner went for it. Beechwood stuffed the play and took over there. Four plays later, Slusher scored on a 4 yard run, German XP, 35-14 at 7:51. And that was the ball game for all intents and purposes. On Lloyd's next possession, Grant Birindelli picked off a pass.

 

Q4

 

Beechwood finished the drive following the INT with a Fieger to Slusher 19 yard TD pass, bad snap on XP, 41-14 at 11:53. Lloyd still had some fight in them and marched 80 yards for a TD. I believe it was Dashon Lunsford who scored on the 3 yard TD run, Fann to Gaines for 2 points, 41-22 at 6:06. The Juggs tried an onside kick that was recovered by Beechwood's Trevor Soward. The Tigers scored on that possession on a Fieger to Slusher 30 yard pass play, German XP, 48-22 at 3:40. Lloyd's final drive ended with Aiden Justice intercepting a pass in the end zone and running it out to the 35. Beechwood's JV ran out the clock from there.

 

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Give major credit to Beechwood's coaches for some great adjustments on defense. Lloyd was having success with deep slant routes. Beechwood started dropping linebackers deep undercutting the routes and that led to several of the interceptions. Brett Slusher is a first team all state player if I ever saw one. I said it last week and will say it again, he is the best football player in N. Ky. He had 5 TD's tonight, one on a run, 3 TD receptions and the 65 yard interception return. This was a good first game for Beechwood. They got a win over a good opponent and learned quite a bit about themselves.

 

Lloyd is going to have a good season. Charles Gaines is an excellent receiver. Sophomore QB Jordan Fann throws the ball very well and will get better and better with experience. Lunsford is a good running back. Lashunn Townsend and Jamorrow Dawson are good receivers. They have some good size up front. Lloyd is going to win a lot of games this year and challenge NCC for the district title.

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Good job Tigers. Lloyd really tested Beechwood's young secondary but as the game went on, the pass defense got better and better. Was it 4 interceptions? I believe so, 2 at the end of the first half and 2 in the second half. This team will improve dramatically as the season goes on. They sure will be tested the next 3 weeks - at Somerset, at Ironton and then the first home game against Cov Cath. By the end of that run they should have it figured out and be ready to start fine tuning.

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This was not a game of domination by Beechwood. Lloyd has a solid team with some talented players. This was a closely contested game till Beechwood made some big plays at the end of the first half. Then Lloyd's coach made a very questionable decision starting the second half that did not work and that was the ball game.

 

Q1

 

Beechwood got the ball first. A face mask penalty caused a 3 and out punt. Llloyd tried to run the ball and got nothing - 3 and out. A short punt gave Beechwood great field position. Lucas Benson made a great 20 yard reception to get the ball to the 6 and then Ethan Stringer ran it in from there. A bad snap on the extra point led to a Fieger to Slusher 2 point conversion. 8-0 Beechwood at 7:27. Lloyd was getting no where running the ball so they went to the air and found success. The Juggs scored on an 80 yard drive that included a 4th down conversion, Jordan Fann to Charles Gaines for the 9 yard TD. Then Fann scored on a weird 2 point conversion where he was stacked up at the line by several Beechwood players, forward progress stopped, but the refs never blew the whistle and Fann pushed forward again and scored ... 8-8 at 2:44. That Lloyd drive was dominated by their passing game with no yards at all running that I recall.

 

Q2

 

Beechwood put together a drive of their own and also used a 4th down play, Kyle Fieger hitting Brett Slusher with a pass in the flats that Slusher ran in for a 27 yard TD, Mario German XP 15-8 at 10:34. Lloyd came right back throwing the ball and Fann connected to Gaines on a 14 yard TD, XP no good, BW 15 Lloyd 14 at 7:10. Then came the turning point in the game. Beechwood drove 75 yards but got stopped on a 4th and goal at the 2. A couple plays after the stop, Beechwood freshman safety Logan Castleman intercepted a Fann pass and ran it in for a 24 yard pick 6, German XP, 22-14 at 1:07. Castleman is the first freshman starter at Beechwood since Brandon Berger back in the early 90's and he made his presence known in his first start. Lloyd tried to respond but Brett Slusher read a route and Fann pass perfectly, intercepting the ball and returning it 65 yards for another pick 6, bad snap on the XP, 28-14 Beechwood with 14 seconds to go in the half.

 

Q3

 

Lloyd received the second half kickoff and started their drive at their own 21. On 4th and 1, Coach Turner went for it. Beechwood stuffed the play and took over there. Four plays later, Slusher scored on a 4 yard run, German XP, 35-14 at 7:51. And that was the ball game for all intents and purposes. On Lloyd's next possession, Grant Birindelli picked off a pass.

 

Q4

 

Beechwood finished the drive following the INT with a Fieger to Slusher 19 yard TD pass, bad snap on XP, 41-14 at 11:53. Lloyd still had some fight in them and marched 80 yards for a TD. I believe it was Dashon Lunsford who scored on the 3 yard TD run, Fann to Gaines for 2 points, 41-22 at 6:06. The Juggs tried an onside kick that was recovered by Beechwood's Trevor Soward. The Tigers scored on that possession on a Fieger to Slusher 30 yard pass play, German XP, 48-22 at 3:40. Lloyd's final drive ended with Aiden Justice intercepting a pass in the end zone and running it out to the 35. Beechwood's JV ran out the clock from there.

 

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Give major credit to Beechwood's coaches for some great adjustments on defense. Lloyd was having success with deep slant routes. Beechwood started dropping linebackers deep undercutting the routes and that led to several of the interceptions. Brett Slusher is a first team all state player if I ever saw one. I said it last week and will say it again, he is the best football player in N. Ky. He had 5 TD's tonight, one on a run, 3 TD receptions and the 65 yard interception return. This was a good first game for Beechwood. They got a win over a good opponent and learned quite a bit about themselves.

 

Lloyd is going to have a good season. Charles Gaines is an excellent receiver. Sophomore QB Jordan Fann throws the ball very well and will get better and better with experience. Lunsford is a good running back. Lashunn Townsend and Jamorrow Dawson are good receivers. They have some good size up front. Lloyd is going to win a lot of games this year and challenge NCC for the district title.

 

Lloyd not going to challenge NCC this year. Lloyd could not run ball on Beechwood.

Beechwood control the line of scrimmage. When Stringer was at safety they took #5 out the game. Juggs #5 is stud. NCC and Holy Cross will take him out the game like Beechwood did . Holy Cross look a little better then Lloyd so far

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Lloyd not going to challenge NCC this year. Lloyd could not run ball on Beechwood.

Beechwood control the line of scrimmage. When Stringer was at safety they took #5 out the game. Juggs #5 is stud. NCC and Holy Cross will take him out the game like Beechwood did . Holy Cross look a little better then Lloyd so far

 

I agree on Lloyd versus New Cath. I doubt they will be able to beat the Breds. Holy Cross is a different story. Despite the Walton Verona scores, I am having trouble convincing myself Holy Cross has improved that much. It sure looks like they might be that improved though. Maybe some WV fans can shed some light on that for everyone.

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BW has some size on the line but not an abundance. Overstreet is not small. BW is usually conditioned and quick and will make a difference as the game goes along. The true test will be in 2 weeks when they travel to Ironton who has the size on the line that rivals a college team. On a warm night, the Tigers could have an advantage later in the game. At the HS level big does not always mean better. What comes into play more is when they play larger schools who have players they can rotate in on a regular basis. You do not see much of this in 1A, if at all. Let's revisit this after the Ironton game. By the way, Ironton has backs the size of some of BW's line.

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Beechwood will improve as rhe season progresses. Drastic improvements made in conditioning from conner scrimage to now. Line handled a Dixie rotation on the line as they did for the most part lastnight. Rowe will get back. Overstreet and Hermes setting the tone at the tackles. Sherron, Campbell, Lang and Talley also contributing. Health for this group is a must

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Beechwood has no size on the line, this will hurt them when they play a school with a big line. With Kyle Rowe getting hurt in the first quarter, they got even smaller. we will have to see if he is able to come back.

 

Beechwood's line goes 280, 255, 230, 225, 210 with a 215 and a 210 rotating in. Is that small compared to other 1A teams?

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