October 1, 2014

Fresh off an exciting win at home last week against Dunbar, Beavercreek travels to Northmont to open GWOC Central play against the Thunderbolts.  Northmont is coming off an uncharacteristic pounding at home, falling to Springboro 49-7.  The Thunderbolts are looking for their first home win of the year and are currently tied with Beavercreek at 2-3 in the division.  Northmont features a balanced attack behind first-year starter Ryan Smith at QB, averaging 142 yards on the ground and 138 yards through the air per game.  Defensively, the Bolts have had some difficulty stopping the run, giving up over 219 yards per game, but have played the run tough the past two week in holding one of the league’s top rushing attacks (Piqua) to 156 yards rushing in a 31-24 win in Week 4 and limiting Springboro to just 155 yards on the ground last week.  Establishing the run will be the key for the Beavers, who come into the game leading the GWOC in rushing at 302.8 yards per game.  Defensively, the Beavers will need to continue to tighten up on defense and avoid big-play scores.  All four scores by Dunbar last week came on plays of 30 yards or more.  On the season the Beavers have yielded four scores of 60 yards or more.  But the defense has improved each week and will be tested against Northmont.  The Thunderbolts have won two straight over the Beavers.  The two teams shared the GWOC Central crown in 2012.  Go Beavers!