BHS Football Comes to an Unexpected End
& Matt Woodrum
football is a legacy and making the playoffs is the norm.
They took on the Ravenswood Red Devils last Saturday
afternoon. The temperature was freezing but the
community still came out to support their Beavers. The Red
Devils jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead over the Beavers. By
half-time Ravenswood had a commanding 35-7 lead over the
beavers. The Beavers weren’t done though. One beaver in
particular, senior running back D.J. Stewart. Stewart busted
two rushing touchdowns for more than fifty yards. Stewart
finished with an astonishing 304 yards and 2 rushing
touchdowns. He also had an interception that led the Beavers
to a touchdown to lead the game. Corey Coppola finished off
the drive with a touchdown. But Tyler Easley’s attempt at
the point after missed, giving the Red Devils a chance. They
had almost 2 minutes left and they came out strong. They
drove down the field, but were faced with a third and long.
The Red Devils however converted and scored on the next play
by a TD pass from the QB to the 6’6” receiver. The point
after put the Red Devils up by one point. The Beavers only
had 44 seconds left to work with and had to move fast. They
drove until they ran out of time and had to do something
fast. They took a chance with a last second heave to the end
zone but it was batted down. The Beavers finished their
season with a 9-2 record that ended abruptly.
Beavers Plan to “Dam” the Red Devils
& Matt Woodrum
The Bluefield Beavers, (9-1 No. 3 in AA)
will face the Ravenswood Red Devils, (7-3 No. 14 in AA) at
1:30 P.M. on Saturday, November 13. The Beavers have a lot
of options offensively and exploited them against Wayne.
They threw the ball very well and also ran the ball. R.J.
Bourne had two passing touchdowns both to sophomore WR/RB
Carlos Reed. The other touchdown was scored by the “thunder”
of the offense 6’4” senior Corey Coppola. The Beavers are
ready to play Ravenswood and have been practicing hard all
week. “I think the game did have a momentum-builder for us
because it’s something we haven’t done for three years,”
said veteran Coach Fred Simon who is no stranger to the
playoffs. He has won four state championships as a head
coach at Bluefield and has made the playoffs a countless
number of times.
Fred Simon said that their main key would be the QB, who
likes to run the ball. He also has the ability to drop back
and throw the long ball too. When asked if home field would
be an advantage, Coach Simon said, “I don’t think whether we
play at home or away will make a difference because it is do
or die now; we have to win and survive. But it is nice to
play at home because the players are comfortable and the
fans come out and support us.” The Beavers will have an
extra day to get ready this week and will take that
opportunity to work and get better. The Beavers have a
history of playing the Red Devils from Ravenswood and are
ready to get the playoffs started against a long time,
Andrew King & Katelyn Gordon
Bluefield Beavers Football hit a
major milestone on Friday night. Last year at this time, the
Beavers lost to Wayne 29-27. The game was a devastating
loss, and the Beavers then went on to lose to Bridgeport in
This year, the Beavers traveled the 4 and a half hour trip
to Wayne, and when they got there, it was a cold and hard
game like always. The Beavers winning 19-14 was a big step
for them this year. The first score of the game came from a
long pass from RJ Bourne to Carlos Reed. It was the first
big play of the game. The last big play came from Jordan
Huckleberry getting an interception to lead the Beavers over
The Beavers winning the game stopped a 3-game winning streak
for Wayne. They also stopped a 22 home game winning streak
held by the Pioneers. Winning sends the Beavers into the
playoffs as number 3 in the rankings. Go Beavers!!
Beavers Getting Ready For Postseason
Article by Matthew Woodrum
The Bluefield Beaver football team
has one more game before they start the postseason. They
take on the Wayne Pioneers tonight at Wayne. The Beavers
need to get this win to secure home field advantage in the
playoffs. If they lose they will probably only have one
playoff game at home and will have to get through Bridgeport
and Wayne to get to Wheeling. That road would be hard, but
the Beavers are ready for anything. When asked what the key
to get to Wheeling was, Senior Jordan Masterson responded,
“We need to beat Wayne tonight and secure home field.”
Without home field they will have a tough road. To stop
Wayne’s running game, Masterson said, “We need to go out
there and hit them hard, show them we’re ready to play.” The
Beavers will need to do just that.
Wayne is 8-1 and the only loss came from a strong AAA team,
Point Pleasant. It will be a battle, and for both teams it
is a must win. Win or lose, the Beavers will be getting
ready for the playoffs which start next Friday, November,
Bluefield vs Greenbrier West!
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Bluefield vs Princeton!
Justin Fox Patrick Hutchinson
The explosive power of the Beaver
offense was displayed again on 9-5-14, as the Beavers
sprinted past a strong Princeton Tigers team. The Tigers
closed the gap to 28-21 in the beginning of the fourth, but
Bluefield’s offense was unstoppable. When the buzzer hit
double zeroes, the score was 40-21. The Beavers advanced to
2-0 and Princeton dropped to 1-1.
Bluefield ran for a total of 322 yards and 90 in the air.
Senior back DJ Stewart was the only player to break the
century mark with 147 yards, while Corey Coppola ran for 97,
Carlos Reed had 47, and RJ Bourne had 30. The Tigers had a
total offense of 259 yards.
The Bluefield Beavers are glad to come back after a tough
loss to the Tigers last year. “We had to get the W and get
focused. Princeton never quit. They have a good team, and it
was a challenge.” Said Bluefield senior DJ Stewart. Another
senior leader, RJ Bourne, was also happy with the win. “We
felt confident going into the game Friday; we knew Princeton
was ready being the rivalry that it is. We just had to go
get the job done. Our defense progressed really well from
last week; we were aggressive and stopped the run well.”
Bourne also says the game coming up at Gate City will be a hard
game in a tough environment.
Carlos Reed, another powerful player on the Bluefield
offense, knew the Beavers would prevail. “I felt confident we
were going to get the win. We played a good game, but we have
a lot of work to do. Our offense is going to be very
hard to stop though.” Mookie Collier, a freshman corner back, is
also making an impact for the Beavers. “I wasn’t as nervous
as last week, and I felt confident and felt like I helped the
defense. We are progressing each week and played a lot
better than last week.”
The Beavers go on the road against a tough Gate City team
next Friday. The Beavers are looking to go 3-0 and keep
rolling on through the season.
In honor and memory of Lauren
Beaver vs Graham!
Our Bluefield Beavers opened the 2014
season this week against the Graham G-Men, their cross city
rivals. The Battle of the Bluefield’s favored our Beavers in
a 76-48 blowout as they got off to a 1-0 start to the
For the offense, other than two uncharacteristic fumbles by
senior running back DJ Stewart, the offense could do no
wrong. Stewart came back however and rushed for 107 yards on
15 carries. Three other Beavers broke the 100 yard mark as
Reed had 173 yards on four carries, Coppola had 131 yards on
nine carries, and Senior Quarterback RJ Bourne rushed six
times for 119 yards.
While the offense had the explosive power that everyone
expected, the defense seemed to be having some miscues
allowing 48 points along with 402 yards of total offence.
Senior Quarterback and Linebacker J Bourne was pleased
overall with the performance of his team. “I felt pretty
good about the game, but I also think we gave up too many
points on defense. Once out offence got rolling it was a
hard thing to stop.” Bourne says that overall Defense and
Special Teams are the areas that need work. Senior Fullback
Corey Coppola also says defense is the focus. “We need to
work on our hustle in tackling. There needs to be more than
one or two people making the tackle every play. Overall we
played good, but the defense was sluggish and needs to
improve for next week. Our offense was explosive though.”
The Beavers will face another rival on Friday when they take
on the Princeton Tigers at Mitchell Stadium. After suffering
a tough upset last year, the Beavers look to come back
strong this year to take on their Cross County Rival.
Kickoff is Friday, September 5 at 7:30 P.M.