By Don Chipman
Five plays played a major part in the 56-14 smackdown of the Tigers. Three blown calls and three bad snaps from center directly led to four of the Trojans touchdowns.
E-B’s Layne Wyatt scored six touchdowns for the Class 2A No. 9 ranked Trojans; three came on runs of 63, 3, and 20 yards; three came on pass receptions of 34, 50, and 28 yards.
Beardstown got on the board first when Cole Huey busted loose for a 20 yard TD ramble in which he broke two defenders tackles enroute to the goaline with 4:18 left. The touchdown was set up by a blocked punt by Chad McCombs giving the Tigers the ball at the E-B 27.
Following the kickoff three plays later and three missed tackles allowed Layne Wyatt to scoot 63-yards to pay dirt and tie the score at 7-7 at 3:10 for the opening frame.
The next score came on an 8-play drive by the Trojans that went 61 yards culminated on a 3-yard TD run by Wyatt. This drive was kept alive when the ref blew a juggled pass reception as the player went out-of-bounds at the Tiger 35. A 15-yard penalty (unsportsmanlike conduct) on the Tigers moved it to the 20-yard line and two plays later Wyatt scored at 6:37 of the second frame.
On the next series after a first down to the Tigers 34, it appeared that Alex Myles was down after a 7-yard gain, but the call was a fumble and E-B took over at the locals 34-yard line. Trojan QB Jones then promptly hit Wyatt who had sneaked behind the Tiger secondary and scored on the first play from scrimmage from 34 yards out to run the score to 20-7 at 5:12 of the second period.
Things continued to go against the O&B when on the first series following the hosts third TD the O&B were forced into a 3-and-out when the bad snap from center on the punting situation sailed over Vermillion’s head and was recovered at the Tiger 5-yard line. On the first play E-B’s McCoy smashed into the end zone to make it 26-7 at 2:38 mark.
It got a whole lot worse for the hometowners when on the first play following an onside kick the Tigers fumbled at their own 37. With Elmwood-Brimfield’s Sullinger recovering. On the first play McCoy broke loose around his own left end and raced 37 yards to paydirt with 2:27 left in the half.
The Trojans would strike again just before halftime when a Vermillion pass was picked off at the Trojans 45. Three plays later with only 0:29.4 ticks left on the halftime clock QB Jones found Wyatt wide open behind the Tiger secondary for a 50-yard strike that ran the score to 42-7.
The second half scoring was not nearly as climactic as the Trojans added two more touchdowns, while the Tigers put one on the board. The O&B got on the board in the third frame in the waning moments at 2:44 when Vermillion hooked up with Myles on a 12-yard completion. Wyatt still had some business to do as he scored on yet another Tiger bad snap from center scoring from four yards out at 1:25 of the third quarter.
The final points came in the fourth frame when Wyatt snatched a 28-yard touchdown toss from Jones to run the final verdict to 56-14.
Beardstown 7 0 7 0–14
Elmwood 7 34 7 8–56
First Downs 11 7
Rushing Yards 27-196 36-106
Passing Yards 157 86
Total Yardage 353 192
Passing Sum 5-9-0 10-20-1
Fumbles/Lost 1-0 4-3
Penalties/Yards 2-20 6-59
Rushing: E-B-Layne Wyatt 11-129, McCoy 10-29, Sullinger 4-29, #21 1-5, #8 1-9. Total: 27-196. BHS-Alex Myles 11-34, Cole Huey 7-43, Alex Schultz 2 (-6), Vermillion 12-15, Savage 4-20. Total: 36-106
Passing: E-B-Jones 5-9-0-157; BHS-Vermilion 10-20-1-86
Receiving: E-B-Wyatt 4-115, Nick McCormick 3-42; BHS-D’Ante McWilliams 4-50, Myles 5-35, Huey 1-1.
Record: Elmwood-Brimfield 3-0; BHS 2-1