Beallsville set for lengthy trip
Those attending the Beallsville-Sciotoville Community School Division VI playoff football game in Portsmouth Saturday night can expect a high-scoring affair.
Dave Caldwell’s fifth-seeded Blue Devils (8-2), who are making their eighth trip to the post-season and first since 2008, will enter the Region 23 quarterfinal matchup averaging a whopping 35.6 points per outing, while Todd Gilliland’s fourth-seeded Tartans (7-3), who are making the fourth appearance to the ‘Big Dance,’ put up 36.3 points a game.
“We haven’t seen them live, but we have three films on them,” Caldwell said. “What really stands out to me about them is that they have a really good tailback and a really good quarterback.”
Caldwell is referring to the Tartans’ Cody Belveal and Justin Crager.
Belveal, who checks in at 5-11, 187, has carried the ball 156 times for 1,678 yards and two dozen six-pointers. Crager (6-0, 183), meanwhile, has lugged the leather 157 times for 1,091 stripes and 18 touchdowns.
“Any time you’ve got a pair of 1,000-yard runners, you have to thank the offensive line,” Caldwell noted. “Personally, I’ve run behind good lines and I’ve run behind bad lines. Let me tell you there is a big difference.
“They are also decent on defense, so we will have our work cut out for us in order to compete with them.”
Sciotoville Community School, which used to be called Portsmouth East High School, averages 235 pounds across the front line and are led by senior tackle Shelby Taylor (262) and junior center Jacob Parson (260).
However, Gilliland is equally impressed with the Blue Devils’ high-powered offensive attack which is led by senior running backs Brandyn Heath and Grahamm Dauch, and junior quarterback Teryn Jarrett.
“I am very impressed with Beallsville,” he said. “They look to be very athletic and it will be a challenge for us with all of the different formations they lineup in. They put you in limbo sometimes.”
Heath has picked up 1,056 yards on 123 carries and found the end zone 14 times. He reached the 200-yard plateau twice with 266 in the first game against Conotton Valley and an even 200 on just 9 lugs in the last game against St. John Central. Dauch, who missed the season-opener, has accumulated 642 stripes on 101 carries and scored 10 touchdowns.
He has a trio of 100-yard efforts, with a season-high of 132 against the Irish.
“Brandyn is a very good athlete,” Caldwell advised. “He is one of those rare kids that can run the ball, throw it and kick it. He’s pretty good defensively. We’re lucky to have a kid like that.”
Caldwell said Dauch has come on strong after missing the first game.
Jarrett has completed 95-of-183 passes (51.9) for 1,346 yards and 16 touchdowns.
He didn’t attempt a pass last week.
When Jarrett takes to the airways, he just doesn’t have one target in mind as the Blue Devils have a three decent receivers.
Leading the way is junior flanker Ricky Tubaugh with 30 catches for 543 yards and six touchdowns. Heath has snagged 28 balls for 348 and a trio of six-pointers, while senior Matt Burke has landed 26 receptions for 377 yards and four end-zone-finders.
Heath could be the difference in the game, according to his head coach.
Heath has scored a team-high 147 points, including 36 point-after kicks and three field goals.
Beallsville’s defense is led by its defensive ends – senior Bryant Arnold and junior Kyle Groves. Arnold has charted 89 tackles and six quarterback sacks, while Groves has 70 stops and 11 sacks. Sophomore tackle Dalton Secrest checks in with 87 tackles, with seven of them coming for minus yards. Dauch has 74 stops.