Beechwood Claims 1-A Crown!

Beechwood avenges last year's title game 23-7.

Danville defeated Beechwood in last year's 1-A State Title game 42-7. Beechwood used that game as motivation all season and capped off the year with its first state crown since 1999.

Despite what some would say is a down year for Danville, the Admirals came through in fine fashion this season. Danville, one half of "Titletown," came into the rematch of last year's title game as a favorite to repeat, especially since the Admirals ran for over 500 yards against the Tigers of Beechwood. However, Beechwood coach Mike Yeagle remembered that game, "Those guys had huge thighs and rear ends and were massive and just moved us right off the ball. So I told my guys this season that we will do more squats than any other school in the state, because we need to be able to run like that."

The time spent in the weight-room paid off coach. Beechwood ran the ball for 253 yards, but more importantly, held Danville and perhaps one of the state's best running backs ever in Kelvin Turner, to 144 yards. Neither team passed the ball effectively with Beechwood's 86 yards and Danville's 35 yards, respectively.

The passing game of Beechwood did not strike often, but it did strike early when quarterback Patrick Muth hit Eric Sawyer for a 54 yard touchdown to open the scoring.

In the first half, Danville relied on running backs Kelvin Turner, who holds the state record for career total touchdowns with 116, and Ronnie Hawkins. Hawkins tied the game at 7-7 with an eight yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but Beechwood would tighten the reins on the Danville duo, holding them to 93 yards in the first half.

Sawyer again found the endzone in the second quarter on a 25 yard reception from Muth. The Tigers' limited passing attack opened things up for the running game and Dustin Menetrey. Menetrey rushed the ball 34 times for 187 yards on the day and was named MVP of the Class A State Championship.

Beechwood used the steady ground game to pound out the clock and the Admiral defense. The Tigers ammased 179 yards in the second half and chewed up almost 17 minutes of clock, while Danville managed only 30 yards on the ground. Beechwood would add a Patrick Muth 24-yard field goal and a Muth three-yard touchdown run to break the game open and abolish any chance for a repeat by Danville. Beechwood wins its first state title since 1999, 23-7.

Danville's Kelvin Turner finished a stellar career with 7,160 yards, 109 rushing touchdowns, and 702 points. Turner is only 20 points shy of the state's all-time record of 722 points, set by Old Kentucky Home's Herbie Phelps 41 years ago.

Yeagle was brought to tears in the post game press conference when he talked about Dustin Menetrey, "He means more to me than any player I've ever coached," Yeagle said, "He is a special kid and if any college looks past him, they need to look again."

"We didn't really focus on Turner this week," Yeagle commented, "I don't believe I said his name more than once. We focused on Menetrey!"

Menetrey, tired and bloody, diverted any attention away from his performance, "My offensive line played so well and got off the ball great and all the credit for my game goes to them!"

Stay Tuned to KentuckyPrepReport.com for updates on Dustin Menetrey and Kelvin Turner.

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