Friday, September 1, 2017
Speedway High School
Beech Grove High School
Held to just 31 rushing yards in the first two quarters, senior fullback Isaiah Hulse exploded for 169 yards and three touchdowns in the second half to lead the Beech Grove Hornets to a 49-21 win over the crosstown rival Speedway Sparkplugs Friday night at Hornet Stadium. Hulse, who finished the night with 200 yards rushing, scored on runs of eight, four, and 55 yards. His 55-yard run, which came in the fourth quarter, was a thing of beauty. He leaped over a defender shortly after taking the handoff from quarterback Jordan Reel, rolled to his left, and ran a tightrope down the Beech Grove sideline near the 30-yard line before reaching the end zone. His brother Sergio, a junior, scored two TDs; one on a 17-yard run and the other a 26-yard return on a fumble recovery.
Juniors Terrice Pope and Kyion Tyler got in on the scoring act for the Hornets (2-1, 2-1 in the Indiana Crossroads Conference), with Pope catching a 34-yard TD toss from Reel late in the first half and Tyler scoring on a 10-yard run for the first score of the contest in the first period. Sam Jackson had two of the Sparkplugs’ three touchdowns: one on a 79-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and another on a 20-yard run in the final period. Senior quarterback Chris Valentine added a one-yard scoring run for Speedway (1-2, 0-2 in the ICC).
Winners of two straight, the Hornets will face their toughest opponent to date when 3-0 Scecina comes calling to Hornet Stadium this Friday night (7 p.m.) for Beech Grove’s homecoming.
News and Notes: Beech Grove’s win was the 290th in the football program’s 79-year history (290 wins, 438 losses and 11 ties; a .400 winning percentage)…The Hornets are 19-56-1 against Speedway all-time despite having won four straight from their west side rivals; the Sparkplugs last win against the Orange and Black came in 2013, which was Denny Pelley’s final season at Speedway
(Written by Jim Pich)