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.