By Don Chipman
Two things happened last Friday night when the Tigers pounded out a 46-6 beatdown of the Wildcats from North Fulton. First they earned a playoff berth in the IHSA playoffs for the fourth straight year, and secondly, Alex Myles went over the coveted 1,000-yard mark in rushing.
Beardstown finished with a 6-3 mark, earning another shot at Farmington, whom they lost to earlier in the season by a 36-12 verdict. Myles rushed for 201 yards in 21 carries, giving the hard-running Tiger halfback 1,028 yards on the season.
It appeared early on that coach Tyler Buhlig was going to give Myles the opportunity to run for over 1,000 yards, and the senior halfback did not disappoint the head mentor. In rushing for the 201 yards, Myles also dented the goaline twice giving him 15 touchdowns on the season, 11 of those by rushing.
Beardstown overwhelmed the hapless Wildcats from the get-go as Myles got the scoring going with a one-yard smash at 8:44 of the first frame. The TD was set up by a 57-yard gallop by Myles on his first carry. The 73-yard drive took three plays.
On the third play by NF on the next series, the ball was fumbled with Chad McCombs recovering at the Wildcats 25. On the first play, Vermillion hit Alex Schultz for a 22-yard completion down to the three. Vermillion then took it in from there to put the locals on top, 13-0. The Tigers would strike for two more TD’s in the opening frame.
The first of the two came on an onside kick recovered by the O&B’s Alex Schultz at NF’s 34. Myles ripped off 25 yards to the Wildcats nine, and Cole Huey busted through from seven yards out at the 5:59 mark. Showing disdain for the Wildcat offense, BHS again used an onside kick with Dan Guzman recovering at the 37. The locals overcame a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, when Will DeSollar snatched an 11-yard pass by Vermillion, and Myles scored from 11 yards out to make it 28-0 with 3:44 left in the first period and the rout was on.
Following a three-and-out by NF, the Tigers again scored. This time Huey rambled 20 yards to paydirt, running through and over several NF tacklers on the three-play drive, running the margin to 35-0. The Tigers took advantage of another Wildcat fumble, this time at the NF 35. A 15-yard face mask moved it to the 20, and on a fourth and two, Myles ripped off nine yards to the NF three, and from there Vermillion connected on an three-yard TD pass to Schultz making a 42-zip contest.
North Fulton avoided a white-wash when on the first play following the kickoff, QB Dylan Freeman hooked up with Wyatt Bridson for a 70-yard TD “bomb.” The score came with 6:30 left until the first half intermission.
The O&B were able to score on a long 10-play drive that went 61 yards. Colt Hoenes ran for 15 yards on four carries in the drive, with Myles racing for 17 yards on one carry. Vermillion picked up 10 yards on a keeper, and scored his second touchdown on a four-yard keeper with 0:28 left to run the score to 49-6 and put the running clock in motion in the second half.
Coach Buhlig went to his bench in the second half, which did not produce any scoring by either team with the running clock stopping only for an injury or a touchdown.
B-Alex Myers 1 run (Myles run) 8-0 @8:44
B-Gus Vermillion 3 run (kick failed) 13-0 @6:50
B-Cole Huey 7 run (pass to Jake Lux) 21-0 @5:40
B-Myles 11 run (Vermillion kick) 28-0 @ 3:44
B-Huey 30 run (kick good) 35-0 @11:50
B-Alex Schultz 3 pass from Vermillion (kick good) 42-0 @ 7:27
NF-Wyatt Bridson 70 pass from Connor Harold (run failed) 42-6 @ 6:30
B-Vermillion 4 run (kick good) 49-6 @ 0:28
First Downs 8 12
Rushes-Yards 16-63 39-311
Passing Yards 188 33
Total Yardage 221 344
Passing Sum. 10-18-1 2-2-0
Fumbles-Lost 4-3 0-0
Penalties-Yards 4-20 7-40
Rushing: North Fulton-Lucas Perrilles 7-26, Jordan Stewart 4-23, Connor Harrold 5-17. Totals: 16-63; BHS-Alex Myles 21-201, Cole Huey 4-52, Alex Schultz 7-31, Colt Hoenes 4-15, Josh Watson 2-4, Glenover 1-8. Totals: 39-311
Passing: North Futon—Harrold 10-18-1-186; BHS—Vermillion 2-2-0-33
Receiving: North Fulton—Wyatt Bridson 5-111, Jake Eddington 2-51, Ethan Harrison 1-6, Anthony Tibbetts 2-16. Totals: 10-188; BHS—Schultz 1-22, Will DeSollar 1-11. Totals: 2-33.
Records: North Fulton 2-7; BHS 6-3.