PORT WASHINGTON – Thoughts and opinions on Port Washington (WI) HS 2017 offensive lineman, and Wisconsin commit, Tyler Beach, whose Pirates moved the ball efficiently but struggled in the red zone in a 21-14 nonconference loss to Kewaskum Friday.
It was evident from the first couple plays that Beach’s big strength is his run blocking. Able to get off the line of scrimmage with a good burst at the snap of the ball, Beach is physical at the point of contact and gets good leverage on his opponent, driving them back, sealing them to the outside or pancaking them to the ground. And he does it with a mean streak, not content on watching the result of the play until his player is on the turf or the whistle blows.
Matched up against a 6-1, 285-pound defensive lineman or a 6-2, 265-pound one, the 6-6, 280-pound Beach won a majority of his battles by driving his feet and getting his opponent off his mark. That burst also served him well on his limited reps on defense. On one of his first snaps of the game in the second quarter, with the Indians driving toward the end zone, Beach’s burst off the line broke up a run play and allowed the defenders to get into the backfield to recover a fumble.
Like Menomonie’s Alex Fenton last week, Beach played multiple spots on the line, switching between left and right tackle on a series and even playing some guard. One of his best plays was when he went low to take out two blockers, clearing the way for a five-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. In large part to Beach, Port Washington ran for 243 rushing yards.
Areas of Improvement
While Beach appears proficient in his run blocking, his pass protection is still a work in progress. While he’s good at the point of contact, Beach had trouble sustaining his blocks and knocking the opponent out of play. At times that caused Beach’s target to cause some duress in the backfield. Like most offensive linemen at the high school level, his strength and technique could always improve. If he can grow in those two areas over the season, he’ll become even better at finishing his blocks.
Port Washington moved the ball efficiently against Kewaskum, but the Pirates’ downfall in part was going 1-for-3 in the red zone. There was also an instance where Port Washington had a 95-yard touchdown run called back due to holding. Through all of it Beach appeared to be a calming influence on his group. Roughly four plays after the touchdown run was called back, Port Washington scored on a 79-yard run.
While Wisconsin’s other three offensive line commits project as interior linemen, Beach has the build of a tackle. His long reach, growing strength and footwork makes him an ideal fit on Wisconsin’s offensive line.