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COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE: Brookhaven escapes East, 59-52

Game report from Maury Slate

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The Brookhaven Bearcats won a close game at Columbus East Friday night, 59-52.

The Bearcats under Hali Robinson are 6-1, 4-1 in the North Division.

The game turned on a key 26-14 run in the 3rd quarter for Brookhaven.

Transfer Deiondray Martin scored 17 points and was the key figure in the third quarter run with 9 points.

The Tigers were led by J.D. Davis with 18 points.

East falls to 2-5, 1-4.

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





COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Brookhaven rallies to win at Fairfield, 20-17



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The Brookhaven Bearcats took to the road on Saturday night with an uncharacteristic 0-2 start to the new season. And were quickly behind 14-0 in the second quarter.

But behind the play of Kevin Greenhow, the Bearcats road trip to the Cincinnati area was a success.

Greenhow rushed for a 20-yard touchdown in overtime to give the Columbus City League North member a 20-17 win in a nonleague contest over Fairfield.

Greenhow was a big factor totaling 242 yards, 178 through the air and was responsible for all three touchdowns; passing to Casey Ren-Gayle for 5 yards and a 17 yard score to Ramone Broomfield in the fourth quarter which took the game into overtime.

COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE FOOTBALL: DeSales defeats Karl Road neighbor, Brookhaven



The DeSales Stallions and the Brookhaven Bearcats are located on Karl Road in North Columbus.

Matter-of-fact, the two schools are located just across the street. That made Friday’s game very interesting for bragging rights.

The Stallions, led by J.T. Blubaugh evened their record at 1-1 by escaping with a 32-26 win.

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Brookhaven is a surprising 0-2 to start the season.

The Bearcats were controlling the game at the half, 18-3, but the Stallions came back.

Blubaugh scored on runs of 12, 11 and 78 yards in the second half to fuel DeSales.  All told, Blubaugh, a senior running back, rushed for 189 yards.



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The Beechcroft Cougars traveled to Linden-McKinley and walked away with a 64-51 win.

Khaleed Franklin led the way with 30 points for the Cougars.

The Panthers were led by Patrick Ngene-Igwe with 15 and Dwight Edwards with 14 points.







Hali Robinson’s Brookhaven Bearcats continue to win games.

On Tuesday, they traveled to Centennial and won easily, 75-53.

The key to the game was that the Bearcats shut down the Stars with 11 points in the third quarter and 8 in the fourth quarter.

Randall Clarkson led Brookhaven with 26 points followed by 22 from Khalid King.

The Stars were led by Eric Cofer-Wilson with 13 points.







Independence 76ers

The Independence 76ers followed up a nice win at Columbus South on Friday night with an impressive win at Columbus West on Tuesday night, 90-68.

The West Cowboys remains winless on the season at 0-19, 0-13.

The 76ers put four players in double figures scoring: Dominic Ward with 22, Chris Johnson with 18, Terry Hopewell with 16 and Malik Breckenridge with 12.





Eastmoor Academy Warriors

Eastmoor Academy took control of the game from the beginning of the game as they led 13-4 at the end of the first quarter and 26-15 at the half en route to an easy 65-35 win over Columbus South.

Bryan Booker led the way for the Warriors with 16 and John Draper scored 13.

South was led my Oumar Diop with 18.






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