Beekman 40, LaSalle 34 (OT)
For the first time in their five-year history, the Beekman Tigers are 1-0. Regardless of how long it took.
Cornerback Michael Bradley's interception and fullback Seth Meyers' 3-yard touchdown in triple overtime propelled Beekman over the LaSalle Tigers in triple overtime Friday night.
Besides winning the season opener for the first time, the BCS Tigers made Joey Lee the first coach in program history to win his head coaching debut, won the first overtime game in school history, notched their first-ever victory at Keith Huntsman Field and snapped an 11-game losing streak dating back to 2016.
One more memorable first: Beekman's fans rushed the field for after the team broke its postgame huddle.
"It was awesome," Lee said. "The kids fought hard the whole game. It was a great night for our school and our community, not to mention the football program."
In yet another first, BCS defeated LaSalle for the first time in four tries. LaSalle won the initial matchup in 2016, 39-6, spoiling Beekman's first-ever official varsity game. The next two went down to the final whistle with the Tigers from Olla prevailing 19-14 in 2016 and 7-6 in 2017.
Friday's game was one for the ages.
Tied 20-20 at the end of regulation, the game headed into overtime.
Starting the first extra session on offense, LaSalle scored to go up 26-20.
Beekman answered in dramatic fashion. Converting on fourth-and-goal from the 4, quarterback Brock Jenkins extended the game on a keeper.
Beekman began the second OT on offense with Jenkins finding JaQuinten Killian in the back of the endzone on a run-pass option. Seth Meyers's 2-point reception put BCS up 34-26.
LaSalle would match Beekman's touchdown and conversion, bringing on triple overtime.
Linebacker Dalon Moore dropped the LaSalle quarterback in the backfield for a loss of five on first down, and an incomplete pass brought up third-and-15. Bradley's interception off of a bootleg to the right and throwback to the left put Beekman in position to win.
Moore carried for seven yards on first down, setting up Meyers' 3-yard blast for sudden victory.
"Overtime was a gut check," Lee said. "Our kids kept fighting. The defense stood tall in the third overtime and got us an interception, and we punched it in."
Beekman celebrated its first win since a 40-24 triumph over Sicily Island on Oct. 28, 2016.
"Obviously, this is great for our kids," Lee said. "Now they can see what happens when they buy in and do things the right way. This is their first win in a year and a half. All the hard work is paying off."
After a scoreless first quarter, Moore's 7-yard run staked Beekman to a 6-0 lead.
Ta'ron Traylor's 28-yard run on a toss to the right side enabled the homestanding Tigers to carry a 12-8 edge into intermission.
With Beekman trailing 20-12 midway through the fourth quarter, Jenkins ran it in from two yards away and tacked on the all-important, game-tying 2-point conversion.
Beekman rolled up 355 yards of total offense (275 rushing, 80 passing). Moore's 45-yard reception was the Tigers' longest play from scrimmage. Ethan White, Killian and Bradley added one catch each.
Equally important, Beekman was turnover free in its first game from the veer.
On the defensive side, the Tigers received quality work up front from Xavier Lewis, Ethan Nelson, Ethan White, Pierce Hayman and Ethan Craft. (Tiger Trivia: BCS has seven Ethans on its roster).
"Our defensive line caused a lot of problems for their offensive line," Lee said. "They had three guys that were 6-4, 300 or better. They were huge. Our D-linemen kept their linemen off our linebackers."
Lee was pleased that BCS was penalized only five times in the contest.
"We still have some corrections to make. It's just a matter of doing the little things right," Lee said. "Rome wasn't built in a day, but we're getting there. We're going in the right direction."
Beekman wraps up a two-game homestand Friday against the Homer Pelicans, a 37-13 Week 1 winner over Delta Charter.