Even though it was an away game for Beechwood, the Tigers and their fans looked right at home at Covington Catholic as they pushed around the Colonels for an impressive 28-13 win.
It was a painful game for Cov Cath, as they were physically manhandled and suffered numerous injuries throughout the day. The tone was set early when Colonels quarterback Adam Wagner was removed after getting hit with what appeared to be a concussion on the team's first drive.
Backup Ben Dressman looked early on like a capable replacement as he drove the field on the same drive and capped it off with a short touchdown pass to Mitchell Rensing.
The Colonel faithful on hand nodded to one another reassuringly, confident in their backup. The extra-point, however, was blocked and little did they know it at the time, it would be the closest their team would come to sticking with Beechwood on the day.
The very next play, Brett Slusher, blasted through an opening and returned the kickoff all the way back for a Tigers touchdown.
Slusher was amazing on the day, standing out in all three phases of the game. To go along with his kick-return score, he also hauled in a jump ball in the end zone that he ripped away from the defender, turning what would have been an interception into a touchdown. He also caught another touchdown on a trick-play halfback pass, and had multiple sacks on blitzes. Oh, and he had a fourth-quarter interception too.
“A lot of people say the reasons we aren't as good as some teams is because we play a lot of guys both ways, but I think it's all about heart,” Slusher said. “These guys have so much heart and we would do anything for these seniors and that's what we did out here today. We can't let the seniors play their last Cov Cath game with a loss.”
“(Slusher) blitzed a couple of times when I didn't even call it, and I allowed him to get away with it at times, as much as I don't like juniors making decisions,” said Beechwood head coach Noel Rash.