Beverly Hills tops Huntington
HUNTINGTON -- "I'm going to Disney World" or "I'm going to Disney Land."
Those are the famous phrases National Football League players shout after they win a Super Bowl title. Former quarterback/now television analyst Phil Simms got that started on Jan. 25, 1987 after the New York Giants won Super Bowl XXI.
Beverly Hills Middle School coach Bill Palmer cut his own promo Tuesday night after the Blackhawks scored on a fourth-down 1-yard run by Ryan Mills with 26.6 seconds left to edge Huntington, 38-34, in the 24th Cabell County Middle School football championship game at Huntington High's Bob Sang Field.
"We're going to Camden Park," shouted Palmer, who was soaking from all the water baths he incurred after Cody Daniels picked off a Huntington pass in the final seconds to secure the win in the final game for Beverly Hills.
Enslow and Beverly Hills have consolidated and will move into the new Huntington East Middle School in 2013.
"Whatever they throw it doesn't matter," the proud Palmer said. "This is for every Beverly Hills player whoever played here. Now we get to put that trophy in the new school."
Beverly Hills beat the Eagles, 35-0, in the regular season. Tuesday night was a different story starting with the opening kickoff when Josh Eastman of Huntington raced 80 yards for a touchdown. The Eagles then executed an onside kick, recovered the ball and drove to a second score, a 5-yard run by Lenny Jackson for a 12-0 lead.
"I'm glad we didn't quit. We hung tough," Palmer said.
Quarterback Jake Gooderham got the Blackhawks on the board with 1:34 left in the opening period after a poor Eagles punt gave Beverly Hills the ball at the 1.
From that point on, teams started trading scores and fans got the feeling the team with the ball last would win.
"We got down early, but when we went in at halftime we got excited and got our heads up," said Blackhawks back Creed Mount. "That last drive we knew we could do it. We were going to score."
Beverly Hills scored on all three possessions in the second half. Huntington went 2-for-2. Marquis Brown sprinted in from 10 yards out with 2:13 remaining in the game to put the Eagles ahead, 34-32, after Eastman's 2-point conversion run.
After offsetting penalties on the kickoff, Beverly Hills got the ball at the Huntington 49. The Blackhawks went the distance in seven plays and the Eagles helped with two penalties -- offsides and facemask. With a 4-and-1 at the 1 with 30.6 seconds left, the Blackhawks called timeout. Fans on both sides were standing for the final snap and Mills bulled his way in over left guard.
"We knew we could get it," Mills said. "I was psyched. I told them, 'Call my number, I could get it.' "
"That kickoff return (to the 49) was big. We kept our composure and moved down the field," Gooderham said. "It feels good to have that trophy. Everybody will remember us for this."
The Eagles got the ball at midfield with 16.3 seconds left. A first-down pass went incomplete and Daniels got the interception on the next play to send the Blackhawks out on top. Fans raced onto the field, and after the trophy presentation, took what will be memorable photos of the team, coaches and cheerleaders.
"I just hoped the clock would run out," Palmer said. "I looked up to the heavens to mom and said thank the Lord. Now we're going to Camden Park."
Eastman finished with 137 yards on 16 carries. Mills led Beverly Hills with 84 on 17 attempts.
The Eagles attempted four onside kicks on the night and also went 2-for-2 on halfback passes.
"That onside kick went perfect. We knew we had to jump on them," Eagles coach Travis Brown said. "They had just a little more than us at the end."
The Eagles reached the title game with a win over Milton in the semfinals. This was their second straight year in the finale.
"We played our best football the last four weeks," Brown said. "We were on a roll. At the end, you take what you get. There's some talent out here."
HUNTINGTON 12 8 0 14 -- 34
BEVERLY HILLS 8 8 8 14 -- 38
H -- Eastman 80 kickoff return (kick failed), 7:46.
H -- Jackson 5 run (run failed), 4:36.
BH -- Gooderham 1 run (Mills run), 1:34.
H -- Brown 2 run (Jackson pass from Zban), 4:26.
BH -- Mount 17 run (Mills run), 2:39.
BH -- Mount 13 run (Mount run), 4:23.
H -- Eastman 3 run (run failed), 7:08.
BH -- Mills 2 run (Mills run), 4:38.
H -- Brown 10 run (Eastman run), 2:13.
BH -- Mills 1 run (run failed), 0:26.6.
First downs 14 16
Total Net Yards 269 258
Rushes-yards 36-218 33-211
Passing 51 47
Comp-Att-Int 5-8-1 3-4-0
Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 8-45 4-35
RUSHING -- Huntington, Zban 3-minus 5, Eastman 16-137, Brown 10-55, Jackson 7-31. Beverly Hills: Mills 17-84, Gooderham 8-52, Mount 6-60, Adkins 2-15.
PASSING -- Huntington: Zban 3-4-0, 24; Jackson 2-4-1, 27. Beverly Hills: Gooderham 3-4-0, 47.
RECEIVING -- Huntington: Brown 3-37, Eastman 1-5, Zban 1-9. Beverly Hills: S. Kessinger 42, Adkins 2-5.