By Don Chipman
The Beardstown Tigers (4-1) secured a 24-8 homecoming victory over their archrivals Rush- ville/Industry in a game that was not near as close as the final score indicated.
D’ante McWilliams carried the mail for the hometowners rushing for 133 yards on only nine carries and one touchdown. The electrifying sophomore also had 34 yards receiving. Alex Myles in a limited role, picked up 73 yards on eight tries and one TD. Myles also had a TD called back.
The O&B held a huge 324-210 difference in total yardage, had one touchdown called back, and were inside the Rockets’ 15 yard line three times and failed to score.
The host Tigers also showed mercy on the Purple and Gold (2-3) by using the reserves on a fourth and one at the Rocket eight-yard line which failed.
Coach Tyler Buhlig called off the dogs with 4:13 to go in the final period of play against the Rocket varsity, allowing them to score their lone touchdown and avoid a white-wash.The first Tiger touchdown came following a fumble recovery by the O&B at the Beardstown 42-yard line by Cole Huey. On the very first play from scrimmage, the locals pulled an end around, and D’ante McWilliams outraced the entire left side of the Rocket defense going 54 yards to paydirt. The score came at the 5:50 mark of the first frame. Myles ran in the two-point PAT to make it 8-0.
The Tigers added their second TD of the night at 9:20 of the second quarter. The drive took seven-plays and went 61 yards for the score, highlighted by a 16-yard touchdown run by Alex Myles, set up by a devastating block by Cole Huey on a Rocket linebacker, which allowed Myles to race untouched into the end zone. A Vermillion to McWilliams pass ate up 34 of the 61-yard scoring drive.
On the next series the locals had a 42-yard touchdown scamper by Myles called back for holding at the 3:35 mark of the second period.
The Tigers went 80 yards in five plays following the second half kickoff. QB Vermillion ripped off a 40-yard run that set up runs by Huey of six, nine and the final six-yard burst for the touchdown, putting the O&B on top 24-0 at the 10:11 mark of the third quarter.
The locals ended up empty handed on two other drives in the second half when McWilliams missed on two field goal attempts of 43 and 29.
Rushville got on the board against the reserves using a 92-yard scoring drive set up by two pass completions by Rush- ville’s Mason Plater, a 15-yard penalty for a face mask penalty, and Plater’s 18-yard touchdown gallop, with 1:28 left on the game clock. tyo avoid the shutout.
The onside kick was recovered by the Tigers who then ran out the clock for the 24-8 homecoming victory.
B-D’ante McWilliams 58 yard run (Myles run) 8-0 @ 5:50
B-Alex Myles 13 run (Myles run) 16-0 @ 9:20
B-Cole Huey 6 run (Huey run) 24-0 @ 10:11
R-Mason Plater 18 run (Brady Crane run) 24-8 @ 1:28
First Downs 12 13
Rushing Yards 35-157 28-280
Passing Yards 66 44
Total Yardage 223 324
Passing Sum. 4-7-0 2-3-0
Fumbles/Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties/Yards 2-10 6-70
Rushing Yards: R/I-Colton Boyd 16-71, Austin Gardner 8-34, Brady Crane 6-20, Mason Plater 5-32. Total Yards: 35-157. BHS-Alex Myles 8-73, Cole Huey 6-26, Gus Vermillion 5-48, D’ante McWilliams 9-133. Total Yards: 28-280
Passing: R/I-Mason Plater 4-7-0-38; BHS-Vermillion 2-3-0-44
Receiving: R/I-Gardner 2-32, Manning Plater 2-34; BHS-McWilliams 1-34, Alex Schultz 1-10
Records: R/I 2-3 (0-3 conference); BHS 4-1 (3-1 Conference)