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Beallsville Blanked In Title Tilt

November 20, 2011
By RICH GIBSON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

REYNOLDSBURG - Week No. 13 didn't exactly prove lucky for Dave Caldwell and his Beallsville Blue Devils.

An opening play turnover and 40 unanswered points later, Beallsville's remarkable 2011 season was over.

''Last week, Symmes Valley turned it over and we converted,'' Caldwell said. "(Saturday), we turned it over and you saw what happened.''

Unfortunately, Caldwell's Blue Devils couldn't keep up with big, strong and talented Buckeye Central which breezed to a 40-0 Division VI, Region 23 title game triumph at Reynoldsburg High's Raiders Stadium.

A large contingent of Big Blue supporters made the trip west to Franklin County. But, rarely were they able to celebrate as Beallsville's season came to a shattering conclusion.

''If someone had told me in August we'd be playing football in Week 13, my question would have been, 'Hey! what exactly are you drinking?' '' Caldwell said. ''We were just matched up against a better opponent. Believe me, our kids have nothing at all to hang their heads about. I think we're the second smallest public school in the state. And here we were, one of the final eight to be playing football. Not too shabby.''

Unlike the previous week when Caldwell's club converted two SV turnovers into 14 points, the tables were turned big-time Saturday night.

Blue Devils' quarterback Teryn Jarrett was intercepted on Beallsville's first play from scrimmage, setting up coach Jason Ratliff's team near midfield.

It was a methodical eight-play, 44-yard march - the first of many - which led to Buckeye's game-opening score, a nine-yard TD rumble from junior Michael Adkins. The Bucks' 5-foot-11, 175-pound junior was to roll for 114 yards on 27 carries and two scores.

While Adkins greatly aided Buckeye's time-consuming drives, it was senior slotback Michael Paynter who proved the X-factor on this night.

With Beallsville concentrating on limiting Buckeye Central senior ace Justin Herrnstein, Paynter more than made his presence felt. The 5-11, 180-pound senior landed three scoring receptions from QB Tyler Erwin.

For good measure, Paynter, off a flanker sweep, took a Erwin handoff, pulled up and fired a 36-yard scoring toss to an open Herrnstein.

''Beallsville made a commitment to take Justin out of the game, so we went to Plan B,'' Ratliff said. ''He played a huge role here, no doubt.''

For Beallsville, Saturday's contest was one three-and-out series after another, though the Monroe County club staged an early scoring threat.

Trailing 6-0, Jarrett completed three passes totaling 29 yards. A Grahamm Dauch 8-yard run had the Blue Devils operating from the Buckeye Central 13. But following a procedure call, Jarrett's end zone toss was short-circuited by Paynter.

Eight plays and 80 yards later, Paynter's option toss to Herrnstein ann ensuing two-point conversion made for a 14-0 lighting. It soon became 27-0 and Beallsville had fallen hopelessly behind.

Brandyn Heath (54) and Dauch (44) topped Beallsville runners with Jarrett finishing 8 of 26 through the air for 72 yards.

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