BHS Football Comes to an Unexpected End
Article by Trevor Mullins  & Matt Woodrum
Posted 11/24/14

High School 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 Bluefield 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
Article by Trevor Mullins  & Matt Woodrum
Posted 11/18/14

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, familiar opponent.

Beaver Redemption
Article by Andrew King & Katelyn Gordon
Posted 11/13/14

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 the semi-finals.
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 Pioneers.
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
Posted 11/12/14

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, 14th.


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Bluefield vs Princeton!
Article by Justin Fox  Patrick Hutchinson
Posted 9/10/14

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 Perdue.

Beaver vs Graham!

Article by Patrick Hutchinson
Posted 9/5/14

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 season.
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.

Senior Football Schedule

08/29/14 07:30PM  A  GRAHAM,VA H.S.  76 - 48  W
09/05/14 07:30PM  H  PRINCETON  40 -  21 W
09/12/14 07:30PM  H  OPEN    -    
09/19/14 07:30PM  A  GATE CITY ,VA H.S.  51  - 28  W
09/26/14 07:30PM  H  GREENBRIER EAST  55 - 26  W
10/03/14 07:30PM  A  RICHLANDS, VA H.S.  14 - 28  L
10/10/14 07:30PM  A  RIVER VIEW  62 - W
10/17/14 07:30PM  H  GREENBRIER WEST    -    
10/24/14 07:30PM  H  OAK HILL    -    
10  10/31/14 07:30PM  A  JAMES MONROE    -    
11  11/07/14 07:30PM  A  WAYNE    -    
 wins: 5   lost: 1   ties: 0