September 18, 2015

The Beavers were able to keep the Springboro Panthers’high-powered offense in check through three quarters Friday night, but eventually the Panthers broke loose en route to a 28-0 victory.  It was Beavercreek’s first loss of the season, dropping them to 3-1.

Springboro struck first on a 19-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead.  Beavercreek had trouble with field position all throughout the first half, starting every drive inside their own 20.  The Beaver defensive was solid, as Hayden Maloney ended a Panther drive in the second quarter with an interception inside the 5 yard line.  The Beavers opened the second half with a long drive, eating up almost the entire third quarter before being stopped on 4th and goal from inside the Springboro one yard line.  On the ensuing Panther possession, the Beavercreek defense almost came up with a safety, as senior Danny Holstein met the Springboro running back at the goal line and drove him back into the endzone, but the officials gave the runner forward progress to the 6-inch line.  In the fourth quarter, a Beavercreek fumble set up a Springboro score and the Panther offense came alive to score 21 points to put the game out of reach.

Beavercreek was held to just 192 yards on the ground and 211 total yards on the night and were shut out for only the second time in the past two years, both coming at the hands of Springboro.  Running back Tim Bradshaw went over 100 yards for the fourth straight game this season, finishing with 106 yards on 24 carries.  The Beaver defense also held Springboro below its season averages, only allowing 96 yards rushing and 229 yards through the air.   Danny Holstein led the Beavercreek defense with 13 tackles and Jack Knipper added 7 tackles.

The Beavers travel to Columbus next Friday night to take on the Bishop Hartley Hawks (3-1).  It will be the first meeting between the Beavers and the Hawks.