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Posts Tagged ‘Maurice Hale.’

CITY LEAGUE BASKETBALL: Beechcroft rallies to stop Linden upset bid, 70-63

Maurice Hale (megasportsnews.com photo)

The Linden-McKinley Panthers almost pulled off an upset in the City’s North Division Friday night.

Visiting the Beechcroft Cougars, the Panthers stayed in the game.

The first quarter was tied 12-12. Linden led at the half, 33-26 and at the end of three quarters, 49-48.

But we all know the game is won in the fourth quarter and the host Cougars took over outscoring Linden, 22-14 en route to a 70-63 triumph.

Maurice Hale, a quarterback at Beechcroft, scored 20 points followed by the gentleman he throws the football to, wide receiver Khaleed Franklin, scored 19.

Nick Battle led the Panthers with 18 points.

The Cougars improve to 7-9, 5-6, while Linden drops to 1-16, 0-11.

 

GAME REPORT BY MIGUELITO GORDON

COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE: Beechcroft keeps Mifflin winless with 72-67 triumph

 

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GAME REPORT FROM PAUL DRAKE

 

The Beechcroft Cougars have a nice foursome on the basketball court this season with Maurice Hale, Khaleed Franklin, Robert Martin and Linden-McKinley transfer Patrick Ngene.

Friday night against Columbus City League North Division rival Mifflin, the Cougars only needed three of the four to lead them to a win.

Franklin with 26 points, Ngene with 20 and Martin with 19 combined for a total of 65 points in leading Beechcroft to their initial win of the season, 72-67. Ngene pulled down a game-high 14 rebounds.

 

The Cougars are 1-1, 1-0.

Mifflin falls to a disappointing 0-3,0-1 in the final season for 14-year head basketball coach Gene Caslin.

Mifflin tried to rally late in the game but could not contain the Cougars scoring trio.

J Murrell led Mifflin with 15 points.

 

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

 

 

ALL PHOTOS BY MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM

 


COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE FOOTBALL, Week 4: Hale leads Beechcroft’s 55-15 shellacking of Centennial

GAME REPORT FROM TIM LATHAM

 

Columbus Centennial High School, located on the corner of Bethel and Godown roads on the North side of the city, has only had two winning seasons in its history since the school opened in 1976.

It looks like they’ll have to wait for the third winning season in another year as they dropped to 0-4, after Friday’s 55-15 loss to visiting Beechcroft.

Beechcroft quarterback Maurice Hale

With the win, the Cougars go to 2-1, 1-0 in the City League North Division. Centennial drops to 0-1 in the same division.

The Cougars lead by quarterback Maurice Hale, accumulated 507 yards of total offense in the rout.

Hale, himself totaled 331 yards of the offense with four touchdowns.

Beechcroft scored double digits in all four quarters: 14 in the first, 15 in the second, 14 in the third and 12 in the fourth.

Maurice Hale with head coach Bruce Ward offering instruction

 

 

 

PHOTOS BY MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM

COLUMBUS CITY LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Hale leads Beechcroft past Dublin Jerome

GAME REPORT BY TIM WOODS

 

Beechcoft QB Maurice Hale showed why he is one of the top quarterbacks in the Columbus City League, by throwing for 268 yards and two touchdowns in an 18-10 win over Dublin Jerome, who falls to 0-2.

Hale rushed for 117 yards for the Cougars who built up a comfortable 18-3 lead into the fourth quarter.

Beechcroft State Playoff appearances (file photo)

Jerome had on bright spot, blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown with two minutes left in the game.

 

 

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