Long Beach defeats Bay High
By Stacey Cato
Sep 2, 2017, 00:48
The Tigers of Bay High were searching for answers again after taking on the Long Beach Bearcatsí speedy spread option offense Friday night at Tank Williams Field.
Long Beach cruised to its second-straight victory 37-7, with the home field Tigers never really threatening to stop the Bearcatsí momentum.
Bay High Head Coach Ben Foreman said that the Tigers need to begin "expecting plays to happen, rather than hoping."
Foreman said he believed that the Tigers were close on a few plays, but errors from penalties and mishaps led to their demise during the game.
With Long Beach winning the toss and coming out of the gauntlet, the Bearcats drove on a 13-play series with Quarterback Cade Crosby tossing a 10-yard score to athlete Jaidon Evans, who was lined up in the slot role rather than behind center with 8:24 left in the first quarter. Kai Van Court kicked the extra-point through to give the Bearcats an early lead with a 7-0 score.
On the first possession, Bay High fumbled on the fifth play of its first drive on the Tigersí own 40-yard line, where Long Beach marched down on 14 plays before running back Dennis Andrews pummeled from 14 yards with 2:14 left in the quarter. Van Court's extra-point was converted and made the score 14-0.
Finally, the Tigers mustered a rally with sophomore running back Sam Sheppard dicing a 12-yard scamper with 9:48 left in the half following a nineplay drive. Kicker Dawson put the PAT through to briefly secure a rally with a 14-7 Long Beach lead.
The short thought of turning this contest around lasted for only eight more plays, as the Bearcatsí running back Andrews powered through the middle of the Tiger defense for a nine-yard touchdown with 7:50 left in the half.
Upon Van Court's extra-point conversion, the new score was 21-7, Long Beach.
No score happened for the next five possession, despite the Bearcats recording a 14-play drive, highlighted by Bay High's athlete Jaylan Wilson recovering a fumble deep in Long Beach territory with only 28 seconds left.
The second half proved to be not much better for the home team Bay Tigers, as they turned their possession over on downs with 8:16 left in the quarter after eight plays and let Long Beach march down the field and give slot back Kobe Cook a five-yard touchdown run with 5:53 left. After Van Court's extra point, the score was 28-7.
Long Beach drove down the field for one more time on 12 plays with athlete Gerald Jones scoring on a five-yard jet sweep with 11:51 left in the game.
Shortly after, the Tigers went to punt on a three-and-out series where the snap was high and punter John Russo tangled with a Bearcat until the ball shot through the end zone. The referees ruled that it was a safety and the score became 37-7.
With Long Beach taking possession and driving until missing a field goal in the short time remaining, the clock was out of luck for the Tigers.
Bay High was led by Quarterback Jaylan Wilson with 100 yards on 19 carries. He completed two passes on four attempts for 19 yards. Sheppard rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown.
Next week, the Tigers will celebrate their Homecoming game against Lawrence County.