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CITY LEAGUE NORTH DIVISION FOOTBALL: Northland slows down improved Whetstone, 33-24

(file photo)The Whetstone Braves used to be also-rans in the Columbus City League's North Division in football.


The Whetstone Braves used to be also-rans when it came to football in the Columbus City League North Division.

That was prior to the 2012 season.

Since then, Don Poff has taken over as the head coach and Hank Patterson is the offensive coordinator and the Braves team has made opponents located North of Broad Street, to take notice that they are no longer an easy mark.

The Braves are 4-4, 2-3 this season. But they ran into a buzzsaw at Northland Friday night in a 33-24 defeat.

The Vikings, under head coach Kevin Tooson, are now 6-1, 4-1 on the season.

Four Vikings players scored at least one touchdown to seal the win.

Northland survived the passing exploits of Whetstone QB Ramroth Finnegan, who threw for four touchdowns on the night.

Northland is an offensive juggernaut themselves as they gained 648 yards in the game, 394 rushing and 254 passing.

There were seven lead changes in the game before Northland scored the game-winner on a 26-yard TD pass from Nick Fischer to Glenn Smith.

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: Whetstone surprises Mifflin in City North action


Game report from Duane Baker


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The Whetstone Braves rallied from a 25-10 deficit early in the second quarter to defeat City North rival, the visiting Mifflin Punchers, 49-46 Tuesday night.

Marquon Battle canned a three-point basket with 11 seconds left to give the Braves the win.

Whetstone was led by Marvin Draper’s 10 points.

The other star of the game for the Braves, was Dave Reece who blocked a last-second shot by the Punchers to close out the win.

The Punchers were led by Javonte Bing and J Murrell with 10 points apiece.

Whetstone improves to 4-13, 3-10 while Mifflin drops to 7-10, 6-7.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS:East Tigers holds off Whetstone

Game report from Kevin Sturdivant


Columbus East Tigers (mega)

The Whetstone Braves may be a team with only two wins on the season, but they stayed with the East Tigers all the way on Friday night.

East led 14-9 at the end of one quarter and only 27-20 at the half.

At the end of three, the score was 39-36 East.

But a 22-point fourth quarter provided a 61-51 win for East.

James Davis scored 22 points to lead the Tigers who are 7-8, 5-5 in the Columbus City North Division.

Whetstone falls to 2-13, 1-9 in the City North.


HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: Whetstone wins on road at Mifflin


Game report from Jacob Rossler


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The Mifflin Punchers could not defend their homecourt in Friday’s loss to the struggling Whetstone Braves in the City North Division.

Gabe Reece, who led the Braves with 18 points, scored on a three-point play with three seconds left to give Whetstone a 54-53 win.

The Braves improve to 2-9, 1-5.

Mifflin falls to 2-6, 2-4.

The Punchers who were led in scoring by Troy Robinson with 24 points, took a 53-51 lead on Robinson’s two free throws.

Then Reece drove the lane, scored the basket and canned the game-winning free throw.

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