Beech’s second-half storm sinks Hillsboro

HENDERSONVILLE — Hillsboro and Beech were two seemingly even teams entering their Class 5A second round matchup after Beech’s 14-7 win in the regular season, but the Buccaneers proved just how dominant they could be in a 36-0 victory over the Burros. 

Beech running back Tysean Jefferson ran wild in the victory with 161 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.

The entire first half was sloppy offensively, with the exception of a 2-yard touchdown run by Patrick Hill, followed by a two-point conversion run by Adrian Johnson with 9:27 left in the second quarter. Hillsboro had several chances to score throughout the first half, but key mistakes such as penalties, failed fourth down conversions, and a missed field goal to end the half, led to Beech maintaining an 8-0 lead at halftime. 

Jefferson said the halftime message was simple — “play Buccaneer football.”

It seemed to work as the Buccaneers absolutely rolled in the second half. 

Johnson kicked off the scoring in the second half with a 7-yard touchdown run with 6:50 left in the third quarter, his first of three total scores in the second half. Johnson quickly added his second touchdown on a 21-yard trick play touchdown pass to quarterback Xaiviere Jones.

Beech once again got a quick stop and methodically drove the ball down for Johnson’s third touchdown of the night, extending the Buccaneer lead to 29-0.

Jefferson scored late in the fourth quarter from six yards out to cap off his huge night on the ground. Beech proved to be one of the top contenders in 5A with their dominant performance. Head coach Anthony Crabtree said that he was very proud of how his team “regrouped” at halftime, and “stuck to the scheme.”

The Buccaneers will host Region 5-5A champion Summit in the quarterfinals next Friday.

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