BGA keeps Beathard quarterback tradition ongoing
By HAROLD HUGGINS
Bushels of Beathards keeps Battle Ground Academy football fans smiling.
Especially third-year Wildcat Coach Rahim (Roc) Batten who has had a Beathard calling signals for his Wildcats since he came on board in 2011.
The latest off the manufacturing line is senior Tucker Beathard who is in his second year of starting and who passed for 259 yards and three TDs and rushed for another in BGA’s impressive 52-20 romp at Coffee County last Friday.
Older brother C.J. was Batten’s first quarterback at BGA two years ago. After he signed at Iowa where he is a sophomore, Tucker took over last year as a junior.
BGA’s Tucker Beathard, photo by Mike Strasinger
“Tucker does a wonderful job of running the offense,” Batten said of Tucker, who is an MTSU baseball commitment. “”He’s very versatile, an accurate passer and a very good runner and he’s an excellent defensive back as well.”
Older brother keeps tabs.
“C.J. definitely keeps up with us, he checks in frequently,” Batten said. “And he’s also worked some of our summer camps.”
Last Friday, the 5-10, 165-pound Tucker Beathard clicked on 13-of-20 passes with two of his scoring tosses going to junior wide receiver Rieves Berry. Berry caught five passes for 68 yards.
“Tucker carries himself well and is a great leader,” Battin, a former Vanderbilt standout and later assistant coach at MBA and Ensworth where those schools won three total state championships while he was there, said.
“He’s one of those players who makes those around him better, he gives his teammates that added confidence,” he said. “We only have six seniors, so his leadership in invaluable.”
Next up for BGA (1-0) is Father Ryan which lost a tough 28-21 decision to Overton last week.
“Ryan is a very good team, their players always play hard,” he said. “It will be a tough challenge for us.”
Last year, BGA started off 4-0 before six of its last seven games in tough DII-AA. The Wildcats are hoping for a stronger finish in their new DII-A classification where they don’t beat their heads against powers such as Ensworth, Brentwood Academy and MBA.
In the meantime, watch out for another Beathard who is waiting in the wings. Younger brother Clay is a 5-11, 160-pound sophomore quarterback/defensive back.
“He (Clay) is extremely competitive, every bit as much as C.J. and Tucker are,” Batten said.
Batten is more than happy to continue to enjoy the prospect of having a Beathard on board.
This week’s area
Blackman at Brentwood High
Antioch at Mt. Juliet
Brainerd at Ensworth
Cane Ridge at Smyrna
CPA at Hillwood
Clarksville at Ravenwood
Davidson Academy at Whites Creek
East Nashville at Glencliff
Father Ryan at BGA
Franklin at Northeast
FRA at Goodpasture
Hamilton at MBA
Hendersonville at Hunters Lane
Jackson Christian at DCA
Kenwood at Pearl-Cohn
Liberty Tech vs. Brentwood Academy, at CPA
Lincoln County at Pope JPII
Lipscomb Academy at Greenbrier
Marshall County at Independence
McGavock at Rossview
Nashville Christian at Ezell-Harding
Overton at Centennial
Stratford at Howard
Hillsboro at Christian Co., Ky.