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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

 

 

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BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL Tournament action: Centennial beats Big Walnut

Game report by Ward Haskell

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The Centennial Stars advanced in the Boys Division II tournament with a 57-30 win over Big Walnut.

Centennial opened with a 17-point halftime lead in the game played at Lakewood.

Wesley Russell lead Centennial with 15 points, 10 in the first half.

Grant Beam scored 12 for Big Walnut, who finishes the season at 7-15.

Centennial improves to 15-6.

BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD

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Columbus Academy wins road game at Hebron Lakewood, 63-49.

Zach Ratcliff scored 22 points and Daniel Aronowitz added 18.

Centennial in overtime beat Columbus West, 77-75. Wesley Russell scored 23 points for Centennial. Game-high scoring honors went to Kersey Long of West with 36 points. The game was heard live on megasportsnews.com. It is archived on the HIGH SCHOOL BOUNCE page and can be listened to anytime.

Whetstone beats Briggs, 62-57. Cameron Vines scored 19 for Whetstone.

Mifflin defeated Big Walnut, 76-57. Percy Dean poured in 28 for the Punchers.

OHSAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS: Big Walnut overcomes obstacles to win big over Canal Winchester, 44-20

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Ron Taylor also contributed to this story

The Big Walnut football team had several obstacles to overcome Friday night if they were to come out of Canal Winchester with a win.

Their top running back Lucas Garcia hobbled off the field with an ankle injury. The Indians took the opening kickoff and drove 80 yards for a touchdown.

Eventually, the Eagles settled down and executed to perfection as they won going away, 44-20 over Canal Winchester in a Division II playoff game.

Big Walnut scored on its first six possessions and received a big pick-me-up from 6’1, 220-pound fullback Jacob Walaszek, who subbed for Garcia and rushed for 77 yards and scored three touchdowns on just 17 carries.

The Eagles are 9-2 on the season.

Canal Winchester ends the season at 9-2.

Big Walnut is a perennial title threat. They won a state title in 2007 and are participating in the playoffs for the seventh time since 2000.