October 16, 2014

Last time the Beavers played host to the Centerville, the Beavers jumped all over the Elks early and then held on for a thrilling 27-21 win.  Beavercreek (3-4) will try to make it two in a row at home Friday night when the unbeaten Elks (7-0) come to town.  Centerville, under new head coach Rodney Roberts, opened GWOC play with a 21-20 overtime win at Fairmont, but rebounded strongly last week by pounding visiting Northmont 41-9.  The Elks have been solid defensively and present a balanced attack on offense.  The Beavers continue to lead the GWOC in rushing, but will be tested against a Centerville defense that only allows 104 yards per game and ranks 4th against the run in the GWOC.  The Beavers, who are young on both sides of the ball, have shown steady improvement on defense.  Last week, they held Springfield to 94 yards on the ground and 21 points, in large part because the Beavers were able to get stops on third and fourth downs.  Springfield was 2-7 on third down conversions and 0-2 on fourth.  But the key stat for the Beavers last week was that they avoided early turnovers that have plagued them all year.  The Beavercreek defense will be tested on the ground this week by Centerville’s Damian Popp, a bruising back who hits the hole quickly and has the speed to break the big run.  To win, the Beavers must limit big plays and avoid turnovers.  Go Beavers!

Elsewhere in the GWOC, Fairmont visits Springfield and Wayne travels to Northmont.