Tigers overwhelm Astros in National Division battle


By Bill Liermann - WNJ Sports Writer



LEES CREEK – Bethel-Tate continued its unblemished season with a 55-14 victory at East Clinton Friday night.

With the win, the Tigers remain unbeaten at 8-0 and are now 3-0 in the Southern Buckeye Athletic & Academic Conference National Division. The loss drops East Clinton to 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the National Division.

Bethel-Tate wasted no time after forcing an East Clinton punt, scoring on its first play from scrimmage, as quarterback Seth Becker connected with Drake Dockery on a 61-yard scoring play. Owen Holtke’s PAT made it 7-0 Tigers. The Tigers would go on to add another pair of touchdowns in the opening quarter, vaulting to a 21-0 advantage.

Signal-caller Becker capped the second drive with a three-yard rushing touchdoiwn, and Holtke took it in from seven yards out with 1:39 remaining in the quarter.

Holtke accounted for the Tigers two second quarter touchdowns, from two yards and nine yards away, as the Tigers kept the Astros silent in the second quarter and extended the lead at 35-0 at halftime.

Coming out of the locker room with sights on another TD, the Tigers took the ball into the end zone on the first drive of the third quarter, as Becker scored his second rushing touchdown of the night, and Holtke’s PAT boot upped the count to 42-0.

East Clinton got on the scoreboard, capitalizing on a Becker interception on the Tigers’ next series. Sophomore Tristin Burkitt snared a tipped ball and scampered 63 yards to paydirt with 7:05 remaining in the quarter. Austin Arellano’s PAT made it a 42-7 contest.

East Clinton added an offensive touchdown in the fourth quarter when Brendan Jenkins hit Patrick Dotson with a 36-yard scoring strike.

Jenkins was under pressure most of the night from the Tigers’ defensive unit, as he was sacked 11 times in the contest.

This game marked the final home contest for six Astro football players, including Jenkins, Brandon Wheeler, Wyatt Floyd, Tyler Collins, Nick Mess and Tristan Hall.

Next week, the Astros head to Owensville to face the Clermont Northeastern Rockets.

SUMMARY

Oct 13 2017

@East Clinton High School

Bethel-Tate 55 East Clinton 14

BT 21.14.14.06…..55

EC 00.00.07.07…..14

First Quarter

BTHS-Dockery, 69-yard pass from Becker. Holtke PAT good 10:33.

BTHS-Becker, 3-yard run. Holtke PAT good 5:59

BTHS-Houlke, 7-yard run. Holtke PAT good 1:39.

Second Quarter

BTHS-Houlke, 2-yard run. Holtke PAT good 10:40.

BTHS-Houlke, 9-yard run. Holtke PAT good 7:02.

Third Quarter

BTHS-Becker, 3-yard run. Holtke PAT good 10:07

ECHS-Burkitt, 63-yard interception return. Arellano PAT good 7:05.

BTHS-Houlke, 71-yard run. Holtke PAT good 5:14.

Fourth Quarter

BTHS-Dunn, 20-yard pass from Becker. kick failed 5:52.

ECHS-Dotson, 36-yard pass from Jenkins. Arellano PAT good 2:56.

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By Bill Liermann

WNJ Sports Writer

Bill Liermann covers college and high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet.

Bill Liermann covers college and high school sports for the News Journal. Follow him on Twitter @lierjet.