Senior running back Teron Washington carried the football 17 times for 158 yards and two rushing touchdowns, and junior quarterback Gavin Mitchell threw for 143 yards and three more TDs as the Beech Grove Hornets soared past the visiting Brown County Eagles 43-0 during Homecoming Friday night at TCU Veterans Stadium.
Dominating this non-conference affair from the outset, the Hornets scored on their first four offensive series. Washington got things going with a 16-yard scoring run in the first quarter to put the Orange and Black out in front 7-0. Then Mitchell connected with senior wideout Keyonni Johnson on a 67-yard touchdown aerial to extend the Hornets’ advantage to 14-0. Mitchell, who also ran the ball 10 times for 38 yards, scored from 10 yards out on a quarterback keep, coupled with a Johnson scoring run on the extra-point try, to up the count to 22-0.
It was more of the same in the second quarter as Washington scored his second TD of the night, this time from 40 yards out, making the score 29-0. Mitchell threw a 14-yard scoring pass to sophomore Damon Thompkins and a 17-yard TD toss to senior Shaun Small to close out the scoring and put the game out of reach.
The second half was played with a running clock, thanks to the IHSAA’s new mercy rule, which mandates a running clock if one team is ahead by 35 or more points.
Beech Grove (1-4), who picked up its first victory of the season after forfeiting two wins earlier in the week due to the use of an ineligible player, held Brown County (2-3) to only 94 yards of total offense, dominating the visitors from the Western Indiana Conference. The Hornet defense also came up with four interceptions.
Coach Mark Weller’s Hornets look to continue their winning ways next Friday night as they get back to the grind of Indiana Crossroads Conference play, traveling to Monrovia’s Gordon Hadley Field, a place where Beech Grove has never won in two previous performances (2015 and 2017). Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
Speaking of Homecoming, at halftime Alex Geiger and Isabella VanSickle were named king and queen of Homecoming 2019 while the junior class (Class of 2021) won the float building competition.