Finally the Beckville Bearcats football team gets to come home.
After three-straight road games to start the season — all of which were double-digit victories — Beckville gets to return home and play in front of their fans at R.C. Beauchamp Stadium this Friday.
Beckville will welcome West Sabine and it will also be homecoming for the Bearcats, who are looking to make the most out of their first home game of the season.
“Homecoming is a great week,” Beckville Coach Cody Ross said. “It’s always good to celebrate the things we have going on and all the cool things that we do, but I always talk to the team about the business side of it. There’s going to be a football game played on Friday night and you got to have your mind focused and your mind right for that.”
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
After playing the role of road warriors to start the season, the Bearcats look to put on a show for their home fans in their final non-district matchup of the season. Beckville will look to make the most out of Friday’s home game since they will be back on the road next week when the Bearcats visit Carlisle to begin District 9 Class 2A Division I play.
The Bearcats have a different theme each week for their opponents, and this week’s is pretty cut and dry.
“Our theme this week is to protect this house,” Ross said. “Make sure that we come out ready and do the best job that we can to go out and get a win on Friday.”
Beckville (3-0) is coming off a 40-0 shutout victory at Maud, while West Sabine (0-2) is coming off a 53-26 loss at home to Hemphill.
Last season, Beckville defeated West Sabine 48-18 in Pineland.
However two years ago, in Ross’ first year as head coach and athletic director, the Tigers came into Beckville and beat the Bearcats 45-42. That’s a loss that Ross is hoping his team will use as motivation this week.
“There’s a little bit of an added bonus there to get some motivation for our kids,” he said. “We want to take care of business this time. We want to represent well for our home crowd in our home stadium.”
The Tigers don’t have the size upfront that the Bearcats have faced in their previous three games, but they make up for it with a bevy of skill players.
Quarterback/defensive back Quentin Smith, wide receiver/defensive back Jakorian Walker, wide receiver/defensive back Hunter Murphy, wide receiver/linebacker Christian Williamson and running back Blaine Bourque will be key cogs on both offense and defense for West Sabine.
“They have some dynamic skill players,” Ross said. “Their quarterback is a veteran guy and they have some dynamic running backs and receivers that can flat out run and catch the football. They aren’t as talented up front, but they do have some big kids that come off the ball really hard. They do pose some problems in the skill position areas.”
With Beckville, you know you’ll get a heavy dose of senior quarterback/defensive back Ryan Harris and sophomore star running back J’Koby Williams, but in last week’s win Adam Gregory had a major breakout game.
The senior had five sacks and 17 tackles including eight for loss in the game. Along with running back/linebacker Bo Hammons steadily improving and Harris incorporating Gage Berry and Matt Barr more into the passing game, the Bearcats are showing that you’re going to have to do more than just slow down Harris and Williams.