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CITY LEAGUE SOUTH DIVISION FOOTBALL: Independence 76ers rushes by Columbus West, 88-20

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Independence head football coach Maurice Douglas and his 76ers have always had a great rushing attack.

In recent years, they had Naijae Manning and Vincent Rambo running through defenses.

The current star is DeAntae Townsend.

Townsend rushed 32 times for 486 yards and seven touchdowns Friday night as the 76ers ran past visiting Columbus West, 88-20.

Townsend had an 89-yard TD run in the first half as the 76ers upped their record to 5-3, 4-2 on the season.

The Cowboys of West fall to 3-5, 1-4.

CITY LEAGUE BASKETBALL: Independence squeezes past Briggs, 70-67

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Two of the most-improved teams in the City League South played Friday night, Briggs at Independence.

The Bruins started the game sluggishly, falling behind 23-16 at the end of one quarter and 42-30 at the half.

Briggs came alive in the third quarter and moved ahead 53-52 heading into the fourth.

From there, the 76ers took control outscoring Briggs 18-14 to end the game on top 70-67.

Jeremy Campbell led the 76ers with 16 points.

Briggs, who can shoot three’s pretty well, were led by Kiante Woods with 21.

Independence has a record of 5-12, 3-9, while Briggs is 8-11, 5-8.



SPORTS SPOTLIGHT FEATURE: Maurice Hale, QB/CB Columbus Beechcroft Cougars

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QB/CB Maurice Hale

The Beechcroft Cougars have been the football team to beat in the Columbus City League North Division for the past few years.

Yes, I realize there are the Brookhaven Bearcats, their arch-rivals; the Northland Vikings and the Mifflin Punchers in that division. However, the Cougars, under head coach Bruce Ward, in his fourth season, are 16-5 the past two seasons with a playoff appearance. Furthermore, the last North Division team to beat them was Northland.

The Cougars are still the team to beat despite losing the talents of James Duncan, Alpha Berry, Kevin Chappelle, James Clayborn, Shaquille Minnifield, Jalen and Jamar Rudolph through graduation.

One of the reasons Beechcroft is still the team to beat, are the talents of senior quarterback/cornerback Maurice Hale. He is also a top-notch basketball player for the Cougars.

Hale, who is 6’3, 195 pounds, rarely leaves the field. He is what they call an “athlete” in today’s football world. He also plays  long-snapper and place-kick holder. The only time the fans won’t see him on the field is on returns. He is that valuable to the Cougars success.

2011 was a breakout season for the talented Hale. He was awarded All-City League, All-District Division II honors. He set a school-record with 2,087 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 8 interceptions and rushed for over 900 yards.

Maurice Hale under the watchful eye of head coach Bruce Ward

Last season, Beechcroft was 9-2 in Division II, Region 7 and 7-0 in the City League North. They won eight games in a row to end the season. The Cougars were the seeded fifth in the playoffs, but lost at fourth-seeded Big Walnut, 14-7 in the first round.

That defeat has inspired the Cougars to do even better this year with less games in the regular season. Mostly all high school football team around Central Ohio opened the season on August 24. Beechcroft had a game with Columbus Independence on the schedule, but the 76ers wanted to play Columbus Mifflin instead and it left the Cougars hanging. But Coach Ward said “it gave us a chance to get in more practice time.”

Beechcroft is 2-1 going into this week’s encounter with the Whetstone Braves.

The Cougars started the season in Week 2 beating Dublin Jerome, 18-10; in Week 3 they lost 20-18 at St. Charles and in Week 4 they overpowered Centennial, 55-15.

Hale’s favorite target is WR Khaleed Franklin, who is a big, fast and physical player at 6’3, 200 pounds.

Hale used to play Safety, but Ward moved him to cornerback to cut down on injuries. Safeties with their free-style, open play and hard-hitting often get injured more than DB’s.

Beechcroft has played in the OHSAA playoffs 14 times. In 2009 and 2010, they finished 7-3 with a strong schedule but did not make it. They don’t want that to have again. Maurice Hale said the goal is the playoffs, always!

Beechcroft benefits from being located in a very nice neighborhood off State Route 161 in North Columbus, Ohio





HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Hale leads Beechcroft over Independence in Division II

Game report courtesy of Donna Nuth


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The Beechcroft Cougars of the Columbus City League North Division survived poor free throw shooting of 3-for-15 to beat City South Division foe Independence in Division II tournament action, 54-53 Monday night.

Khaleed Franklin scored 20 points for the Cougars, but the real hero was Maurice Hale who scored with 0.1 of a second left in regulation, as Beechcroft improves to 7-14.

The game at Dublin Scioto saw the 76ers rally from a 14-point deficit to take its first lead of the game. But Independence took a risk and fouled the Cougars four times in the last 20 seconds to put them in the 1-1 bonus.

Chris Johnson led the 76ers with 17 points and they end the season at 8-13.

HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE: Eastmoor holds off pesky 76ers to move to 5-0


Game report from Nancy Mason

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(courtesy of Swift Tax Services)

Eastmoor is showing why they’re 5-0 and Independence is showing that they are not an 0-4 team.

The Warriors beat the 76ers in our Tuesday night SWIFT TAX SERVICES/HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE game, 67-61.

The visiting Warriors were bouyed by a Bryan Booker rebound basket off a missed free throw with :14 seconds left to seal the win.

Eastmoor is now 3-0 in the City South Division. The 76ers drop to 1-3 in the same division.

Independence stayed in the game despite being down by 10 points three times in the game.

Eastmoor’s John Draper was selected as our Buckeye Muffler and Brake Shop Player of the Game with 20 points. Doug Ritchey scored 17 points to back Draper. Eastmoor overall is 5-0.

The 1-4 76ers were led by Chris Johnson with 20 points.

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