September 1, 2015

It’s Beat Carroll week at Beavercreek High School, as the 1-0 Beavers travel cross town to take on the 1-0 Carroll Patriots.  Beavercreek steamrolled Xenia in the opener, 45-7 behind a strong rushing attack and a stingy defense.  Carroll won on the road as well, topping Meadowdale 45-30.  Carroll ended a three-game skid in the series last year, winning 28-18 at Beavercreek.  The Beavers are looking to open 2-0 for the first time since 2011, while the Patriots are looking for their first back-to-back wins in this series since 2007.   Beavercreek has won three of the past four meetings.  After a strong road crowd in week 1 at Xenia, look for a large Beavercreek crowd to descend on Carroll Friday night.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Beavercreek rushed for 405 yards against Xenia in week 1 and controlled the clock, keeping the Xenia offense off the field for much of the second half.  More importantly, Beavercreek did not turn the ball over on offense.  The Beavers have a stable of versatile backs to run at Carroll, including senior Tim Bradshaw who rushed for 192 yards against Xenia, ranking him third in the GWOC in rushing.  If the Beavers can use their size advantage on the O-line to establish the run and control the clock, they may be able to wear down the Patriot defense.  On defense, the Beavers held Xenia to -5 yards rushing and controlled Xenia’s passing attack, forcing a number of short three-and-out series.  Beavercreek’s defense could be tested a little more this week by Carroll’s offense, as the Patriots return a number of players from last year’s team that won in Beavercreek.   Creek was solid on special teams in week 1 and junior Julian Linkhart poses a threat on kick returns, almost taking one back for a score against Xenia.  Linkhart will score this year on special teams — will it be at Carroll this week?  BEAT CARROLL!