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Radcliffe goal, defense lead BHS past defending champs


The Bearden Bulldogs' successful week concluded with a 1-0 win against rival and two-time defending Class AAA state champion Farragut Thursday, April 14, at BHS.

A hard fought game until the final whistle, the adrenaline never eased as both teams sought the edge it needed to gain control of the game.

“If your blood’s not pumping you aren't ready for this game,” BHS head coach Eric Turner said. “There is something about the blue uniform when it shows up on our field, it gets these guys jacked up so they were ready to go.”


BHS sophomore Ryan Radcliffe gave the Bulldogs (6-1-4 overall record and 1-1 in District 4-AAA entering the week) the edge it needed when he scored on an assist from senior Kris Gustafson with 29:30 left in the first half.

But the story of the game was the defense.

FHS, which enters the week with a 4-5-2 record, had its opportunities to put the ball in the net, but the Bearden defense did its job to prevent such an occurrence.

“I think our whole defense played well, they were very disciplined and never broke down or gave up any opportunities,” Turner said. “The only opportunities they had were those long shots outside, so if they score on those we will live with that.”

A physical battle is how Bearden-Farragut games usually play out and this one wasn't any different. “It was a really rough game, I think it was pretty even for both teams, we just got one in the net and it was the difference.” Gustafson said.

FHS head coach Wally Culbreth knew his team was going to be in for a battle against the Bulldogs given each team's history. “Between the two of us in the last four years one of us has been state champion so the biggest game of the year is this one and you can look at the crowd and see that it was unfortunate for us that things went this way, but the season isn't over yet,” he said.

As for Bearden, a confident Bulldogs team and its senior captain have their eyes set on another state tournament appearance. “We are looking for higher things right now,” Gustafson said. “State tournament is our goal.”

BEARDEN 3 WEBB 0

The Bulldogs got the week started with a 3-0 win over the Webb Spartans on Monday, April 11, at BHS.

Tom Webster, Radcliffe and Gustafson scored goals while Khader Hamdallah and Gustafson contributed assists as BHS out-shot the Spartans 11-2.

CATHOLIC 3 FHS 0

Two goals from Joey Pierce and one from Chase Nieri were plenty as Catholic ripped past the Admirals 3-0 Tuesday, April 12, at FHS. The Irish out-shot FHS 8-6.

 

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