Beavers maul Mayflower on road, move streak to 3


The Saline Courier Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - By Kev Moye

MAYFLOWER — The Glen Rose Beavers went on the road and picked up a dom­i­nant 42-6 league win over Mayflower Fri­day night.

Coach Mark Kehner’s team is now 3-2 over­all and 2-0 in the 4-3A.

“This was a road con­fer­ence game and my guys han­dled it well. We had a slow start and even­tu­ally got go­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter,” the coach said. “We fin­ished the first half strong and that put us in a good po­si­tion for the sec­ond half.”

Mayflower (1-4, 0-2) never led in this game. The Ea­gles fell be­hind with just un­der four min­utes left in the first quar­ter when Noah Wright caught a 7-yard touch­down pass from Wes­ley Lau­nius. Colby Steed’s kick put the Beavers up

7-0 – and the route had of­fi­cially started.

With un­der a minute left in the open­ing pe­riod, Glen Rose’s Matthew Clark caught a 67-yard touch­down pass. Head­ing into the sec­ond quar­ter Mayflower trailed 14-0.

Glen Rose in­creased its lead when Clark, who fin­ished with 129 yards re­ceiv­ing, caught a 24-yard touch­down pass. A botched snap re­sulted in Glen Rose be­ing un­able to at­tempt the kick. The score was

now 20-0.

With a shade over six min­utes re­main­ing in the first half, Mayflower scored its only points of the game when Tayshun Mat­ti­son hauled in a pass from quar­ter­back Ja­son Uptain and turned it into a 61-yard TD.

Later in the sec­ond quar­ter, Glen Rose’s Jace Cheatham stepped in front of a pass from Uptain and re­turned the in­ter­cep­tion 75 yards for a touch­down. Glen Rose now led 27-6. But they were not through, yet. The Beavers found a way to score once again be­fore the in­ter­mis­sion.

Glen Rose tacked on an­other sec­ond quar­ter TD when Cheatham caught a 6-yard touch­down and Gavin Chaney scored on a 2-point run giv­ing his team a 35-6 lead.

“We got a lot of ex­plo­sive plays in the sec­ond quar­ter,” Kehner said. “We’re re­ally not that kind of team. But we were able to get a few big plays in the first half to cre­ate some ex­cite­ment and that swung the mo­men­tum.”

The Beavers scored the fi­nal points of the game on the open­ing play of the third quar­ter.

Mayflower kicked off to Glen Rose to start the half. Clark caught the ball, made a nice move, and took off down the field on his way to a 73-yard touch­down re­turn. The Ea­gles now trailed Glen Rose 42-6.

With the mercy rule in ef­fect, nei­ther team would score again as Glen Rose picked up a key league road win.

The vic­tory over Mayflower comes after Glen Rose dom­i­nated Two Rivers last week, de­spite hav­ing only 12 play­ers avail­able due to sev­eral sus­pen­sions. Ac­cord­ing to Kehner, the Beavers’ suc­cess the last two weeks is a mat­ter of re­main­ing fo­cused.

“We’re tak­ing things one week at a time. Our ex­e­cu­tion has been re­ally good,” he said. “The last two weeks we’ve done well ex­e­cu­tion-wise. I’m now look­ing for con­stant im­prove­ment as we take things one game at a time. We got a tough con­fer­ence game at Danville next week. If we worry about us and clean up our mis­takes – we’ll be fine.”

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