Our game with Monrovia has been forfeited due to an ineligible player participating in the athletic contest.
Athletic Director-Garret Daniel
Huge defensive plays (two interception returns for touchdowns plus a fumble recovery) catapulted the Beech Grove Hornets as they walloped the Monrovia Bulldogs 42-12 Saturday afternoon in an Indiana Crossroads Conference tussle at Monrovia’s Gordon Hadley Field.
The visiting Hornets wasted very little time on their opening series. Senior Teron Washington, who ran the ball 12 times for 57 yards, scored from four yards out to give Beech Grove a 7-0 edge five minutes and 32 seconds into the contest, which was postponed the night before because the officiating crew who was originally scheduled to work the game did not show up (the officials were double-booked and wound up working another contest instead; a different officiating crew worked Saturday’s matinee affair, which kicked off at 11 a.m.).
Following a fumble recovery by Beech Grove senior Daniel Quinn, junior running back Ayden Brooks ran 18 yards to pay dirt to extend the Hornet advantage to 14-0 just 17 seconds into Quarter #2. However, the host Bulldogs would score a minute and 27 seconds later when quarterback Jeren Maxwell completed a 47-yard scoring toss on fourth down to sophomore running back Todd Camic, who made a juggling catch after he and a Beech Grove defender leaped for the ball. The defender was able to tip the football, but it ricocheted off of Camic’s arm and then his hands before the Bulldog back was able to secure it for the touchdown, cutting the Hornets’ lead to 14-6 (Monrovia missed the extra point when senior running back Foster Knight was stopped short of the goal line).
Then disaster struck for Monrovia a few minutes later. A pass by Maxwell was intercepted by junior Garrett Esposito, who took the ball in from 12 yards out to reclaim Beech Grove’s two-score lead, this time making it 21-6. Gavin Mitchell, who completed 4-of-7 passes for 83 yards, found senior Donovan Bailey for a 35-yard TD on a catch and run to extend the Hornet lead to 28-6. With 37.5 seconds remaining in the first half, Washington scored his second touchdown of the day when he picked off another Maxwell aerial, racing 48 yards for a pick-six to give Beech Grove a 35-6 advantage at the intermission.
Aided by a huge block by Brooks, sophomore running back Damon Thompkins added a 30-yard scoring run two minutes and eight seconds into the third quarter to close out the scoring for Beech Grove (2-4, 1-4 in the ICC).
Knight led Monrovia (0-6, 0-4 in the ICC) with 60 rushing yards on 20 carries. Cole Butts added a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the hosts.
Saturday’s win by the Hornets marked the first time in the six-game history of this rivalry that the visiting team won (the home team had won the previous five games). Beech Grove now leads the all-time series 4-2.
Winners of two straight, the Hornets, who had two wins rescinded due to player ineligibility, will travel to Marian University’s St. Vincent Field next Friday night to face Cardinal Ritter in another Indiana Crossroads Conference affair. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.