Beekman Football Preview
Sure, there is room for substantial improvement after an 0-9 season, but first-year head coach Joey Lee appears to have the Beekman Tigers pointed in the right direction.
Beekman split two games in last Friday's Crossett Jamboree, blanking D'Arbonne Woods Charter 12-0 and bowing to the host school 13-0.
Last season, the Tigers scored in double digits only twice in losses to Mangham (35-12) and General Trass (22-14).
Freshman Taron Taylor's 80-yard run highlighted the Tigers' win over D'Arbonne Woods.
"We had three possessions against D'Arbonne Woods, and scored on two of them," Lee said.
Lee wasn't disappointed in the Tigers' showing against Crossett, either.
"We started from our own 10 and had a 13-play drive to the Crossett 20 before we fumbled," said Lee, whose team is running the veer. "The offense is clicking. It's just a matter of understanding the different reads."
Junior Brock Jenkins is the quarterback with Brayden Spigner, another junior, as the backup.
"Brock is becoming a leader," Lee said. "He quiets them in the huddle and gets them to rock and roll."
Sophomore Dalon Moore and junior Seth Meyers are the fullbacks with Taylor, junior James Foster and senior Josh Petty at tailback.
Freshman Ethan Rigmaiden, senior Jaquinten Killian and junior Michael Bradley are the wide receivers. Bradley made some big catches in the scrimmage.
Tight ends are senior Ethan White and sophomore Riley Mardis.
Beekman's most pleasant preseason surprise may be the progression of the offensive line as a whole.
"The offensive line has been doing great," Lee said.
Junior left tackle Aiden Cherry, left guard Carson Middlebrooks, sophomore Cam Harrell, junior Josh Nelson and junior Mitchell McKinney are the starters with sophomore Bladen Fatheree and freshman Tucker Fincher in reserve.
Lining up in a 4-2-5, the defense also showed promise in the jamboree.
"We held D'Arbonne Woods without a first down," Lee said. "Against Crossett, we would stop them for a couple of plays and give up a medium play.
"We're subbing people on offense, trying to keep them fresh so our defense is the best unit on the team."
Junior Pierce Hayman and White are the ends with junior Xavier Lewis and sophomore Ethan Nelson at the tackles. Sophomore Ethan Craft provides depth at both tackle and end.
Lewis has been impressive throughout the preseason.
"Xavier is hard to block," Lee said. "He's going to draw a lot of double teams which will free up our linebackers. I can't wait to see what he does Friday night."
Moore and Meyers see double duty as the starting linebackers. Spending last season at defensive end, Moore compiled 54 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Meyers (88 tackles, 4.5 TFL) is the team's top returning tackler.
"Brock controls the offense, and Dalon Moore and Seth Meyers have been our leaders on defense," Lee said. "The kids have responded well to them."
Sophomore Scott McMath and junior James Foster are the strong safeties.
Bradley, Rigmaiden, Taylor and freshman Willie Williams rotate at the corners, with Spigner at free safety.
The versatile Spigner will also do the kicking and punting.
Lee says Beekman will kick extra points this season with Joey Chain doing the honors.
"The kicking game needs some work, I'm not going to lie about it," Lee said. "When we score a touchdown, we're going to send little Joey Chain out there to kick."
Others vying for playing time are freshman Collin Harkness, sophomore Cole Honeycutt, sophomore Dawson Moore, sophomore Riley Mardis, sophomore Allen Brown, sophomore Gage Crymes, senior Red Faulkenberry, freshman Layethan Moore, freshman Logan Fletcher, sophomore Jacobe Hollins, junior Michael Stone, sophomore Jacob Lawrence, freshman Ethan Ellis, senior Tanner Hammonds, freshman Grayson Morton, eighth-grader Dallas Hobbs and senior Jacob Crawford.
Beekman opens the season at home Friday night vs. LaSalle.
Aug. 31 LaSalle
Sept. 7 Homer
Sept. 14 at Lakeside
Sept. 21 Vidalia*
Sept. 28 at Mangham*
Oct. 5 Delhi Charter*
Oct. 12 at Slaughter Charter
Oct. 19 at Rayville*
Oct. 26 General Trass*
Nov. 2 at Ferriday*
All game times 7 p.m.