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Beech trounces Station Camp to improve to 8-0

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Devin Thompson catches a touchdown pass for the Bison. Photo by Rick Murray

HENDERSONVILLE- For the first few minutes of Friday's contest between Station Camp and Beech, it appeared the Bison could hang with the undefeated Buccaneers.

That thought faded quickly, as Beech hit its stride and eventually clobbered its Long Hollow Pike rival 54-14 at Shackle Island Stadium.

"We had the ball bounce our way a few times and now we're 8-0," Beech coach Anthony Crabtree said. "We're very fortunate to be pretty healthy at this point in the season."

Kaemon Dunlap - a Station Camp transfer - rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns against his former team.

"I don't think that was a motivating factor for him," Crabtree said of Dunlap and the Bison. "He wants to do well no matter who we play."

Beech moved one step closer to an undefeated regular season, which has not happened since Jalen Hurd led the Bucs to a state title in 2012.

"Like I've said before, this group of seniors is special," Crabtree said. "I really don't think these guys need a big message (to stay focused). It's a mature group and they know what they're playing for."

Station Camp opened the game by marching through the Beech defense for an 80-yard scoring drive. Bison quarterback Max Barnett hit Devin Thompson on a back-shoulder throw for a 9-yard scoring strike to give Station Camp a 7-0 lead.

From there, the game belonged completely to the Bucs. Dunlap quickly answered with his first touchdown of the night, followed by a defensive score on Station Camp's ensuing drive. Chaz Williamson forced a fumble that was scooped up by DeAndre Brown, who returned it for a touchdown to put Beech up 13-7.

Beech signal caller Nelson Smith found Jahmall Robinson for an 18-yard touchdown pass, and later Dyilin Hooiser found pay dirt on a 45-yard run off an end-around.

Dunlap made his presence felt again with a 24-yard touchdown scamper just before halftime, giving Beech a 34-7 lead at the break.

In the second half, Smith found a seam up the sideline and rushed for a 45-yard score to extend Beech's advantage to 41-7.

Barnett took a sack in the third quarter and appeared to injure his ankle, which knocked him out of the game. Junior Braxton Loewen stepped right in and immediately tossed a 25-yard touchdown to Thompson for Station Camp's final score of the game.

Dunlap's third touchdown of the night - a 3-yard score - and a 27-yard touchdown run by Ja'Sean Parks capped Beech's offensive production.

Thompson finished the night with 123 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches. After rushing for over 500 total yards in the last two weeks, senior RB Nick Nelson was held to just 47 yards on 15 carries and did not play in the second half.

Both teams have a bye this coming week due to Sumner County's fall break. Station Camp will resume action on Oct. 20 at Mt. Juliet, while Beech will play host to Gallatin.

"We're going to give our guys a couple of days off," Crabtree said of his team's fall break plans. "We'll come in and work on some fundamentals on Thursday and Friday, and we'll make sure that we stay healthy."

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