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Bearcats remain undefeated

By Danny Leach
Oct. 4, 2017 at 8:03 a.m.

Ethan Harris runs the football against Troup on Friday.

Beckville Bearcats would end the game Friday night against the Troup Tigers the same way they started it, undefeated.

In a game that was closely contested the entire first half, Beckville managed to put it away after intermission by shutting out the Troup Tigers in the second half.

Beckville would use the leg of Sophomore Carlos Campos to go up 22-21 with no time on the clock in the 2nd quarter. Campos was able to connect on three field goals in the first half. He had kicks of 33 and 37 yard, and the big one to put the Cats up was from 42 yards out. Campos is without a doubt a D1 talent with his leg. He also had four touchbacks on the night and there is no doubt his leg flipped the field position in Beckville's favor.

Senior Signal Caller, Trey Lindsey, was equally as good. He rushed 17 times for 233 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also was 11-21 for a 129 yards through the air with 2 touchdowns.

Beckville won the toss and take the ball at their own 18 yard line. After a three and out, Beckville's punt was fumbled by Troup. The Bearcats recovered at the Troup 48-yard line by junior Marc McGuire.

Beckville managed to get the ball to the Tiger 16 yard line and on 4th and 7 with 8:06 to go in the first quarter, Campos connected on the first of his three field goals, from 33 yards out.

But on the ensuing kickoff, Troup was able to get free, and return the kick 66 yards to the Bearcat 22. Beckville added a face mask that would put the ball at their own 16 yard line. On the next play, Beckville would again have a face mask that allowed Troup to have the ball 1st and Goal at the Bearcat 7. Troup would take just two more plays, and from the 9 yard line, on 2nd down, the Tigers found pay dirt. The extra point was good and Troup took the lead 7-3 with 6:37 to go in the 1st quarter.

On the next possession, the Bearcat fans would get to see the first of many long runs by Trey Lindsey when he went 31 yards to the Tiger 15 yard line for a 1st down. The next play Ethan Harris brought the wood, when he finished an 11 yard run by absolutely destroying a Troup defender that saw his helmet fly 10 feet in the air. On second down Lindsey connected with Brandt Harris on a 4 yard quick pass for the Bearcats 1st touchdown of the contest. Carlos Campos added the extra point and the Bearcats were up 10-7 with 4:11 to go in the 1st quarter.

Troup would then rattle off a 12 play, 75 yard drive that would end with 5 yard touchdown pass with 11:53 to go in the second quarter. The extra point was good and Troup would lead 14-10.

Beckville and Troup traded punts on their next possessions. On 2nd and 10 from the Bearcat 20, Trey Lindsey's pass would be deflected and intercepted. After a 15 yard penalty on the return, Troup had the ball 1st and 10 at the Bearcat 12 yard line. On first down Troup gained five yards to the Cat's 7. On the next play Troup ran it in for what would be their last score of the contest. The extra point was good and 8:00 minutes to go in the 2nd quarter Troup was up 21-10.

Beckville saw a nine play drive stall at the Troup 20-yard line and that's when Carlos Campos would be called on to attempt a 37 yard field goal. The sophomore kicker knocked it right down the middle on a kick that would have been good from 50 yards.

Beckville force Trouped to once again punt. This punt was set up by two huge plays by Brannon Davis. On first down, he stopped the Tigers for no gain and again on third down, he stuffed the Tigers for a loss of two yards.

The next Beckville drive started at their own 43 yard line. On 2nd and 2 from the Tiger 24, Lindsey threw a perfect dime to Draven Hartley in the back of the end-zone. This score would close the scoring gap to two. Beckville was unable to get the two point conversion, so with 2:13 to go in the half Beckville trailed 21-19.

Troup would take the kickoff and throw three straight incompletions with Payton St Clair putting a big hit on the Tiger's QB on third down. Troup's punt would go 48 yards to the Beckville 27 yard line.

Beckille threw an interception on their next drive. But, with less than minute to go in the half, Beckville found themselves with the ball at 1st and 10 at the Troup 41 yard line after Brannon Davis picked a pass from the Tigers and returned it 5 yards. On first down, Lindsey ran eight yards to the Tiger 38. On the next play Lindsey found Taylor Hightower for 13 yards to the Troup 25. Campos came onto the field and with no time on the clock, he was true from 42 yards out. Beckville went into half-time up 22-21.

The second half saw the Bearcats score 21 unanswered points. The first came with 54 seconds to go in the 3rd quarter when Ethan Harris plunged in from 1 yard out. Campos' extra point was good and the Bearcats lead was pushed to 8, 29-21.

Beckville's defense was outstanding in the second Half. They held the Tigers to 82 total yards after the half. Brannon Davis was outstanding all night putting pressure on the quarterback for Troup.

Trey Lindsey saved some of his best work for the 4th quarter. On 1st and 10, at his own 44 yard line, the senior QB roled 66 yards for the Bearcats score. Campos would once again be true on the extra point.

Beckville would then take the ball after a 31 yard punt from the Tigers. After a horse collar on the Tigers, Lindsey capped the Bearcats scoring with 14 yard TD run with 4:38 to go in the game.

Beckville forced Troup to turn the ball over on downs and they were able to take a knee on the ball to run out the clock. The final score would be Beckville 43 Troup 21. With this win, the Bearcats move to 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in district play. To say this team is fun to watch is an understatement.

Coach Mike Bickham's squad fought tooth and nail for four quarters and really won the game in every phase. From the absolute toughness of Ethan Harris, the ability of Trey Lindsey to use his legs and arm to pace the Beckville offense, to the smothering defense of Brannon Davis and Brandt Harris the Bearcats are showing signs of a team will definitely be in the hunt for a playoff spot.

The Bearcats will return to the field Friday night when they travel to Harleton, Texas to take on the Wildcats in a game that I have Beckville favored by at least two touchdowns.



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