October 2, 2015

Beavercreek got defensive Friday night in beating the visiting Northmont Thunderbolts 17-7.  The Beavers struck first with a Michael Chuck field goal early in the second quarter to take an early 3-0 lead.  On the next offensive possession for the Bolts, Danny Holstein picked off a tipped pass and took it back 47 yards for the score and the Beavers had quickly built a 10-point lead.  The Beavers then recovered the onside kick and the Beavers had momentum on their side.  But their drive was stalled by offensive penalties and they were unable to stretch the lead.  After a defensive stop, Beavercreek muffed the punt, allowing Northmont to take over at the Beavercreek 17.  The Thunderbolts scored with 5:01 left in the half to cut the lead to 10-7, but missed a field goal and a chance to tie the game just before halftime, allowing Beavercreek to hold the lead at half.

In the third quarter, Beavercreek squandered a first and goal inside the two yard line by a goal line fumble that was recovered by Northmont.  Creek got the ball back and later in the third quarter faced a 4th down and short close to the Northmont 20 yardline, but two straight penalties backed them up to the 28 yard line.   Beavercreek went for it and QB Cody Hocker, filling in for the injured Hunter Maloney, launched a “hail mary” pass into a group of players at the goal line, with WR Julian Linkhart emerging from the pack with the catch, setting up a first and goal for the Beavers.  Tim Bradshaw was able to punch it in from the one to give the Beavers a 17-7 lead with 8:28 left to play.

The Beavers’ defense came up big in the final eight minutes with Jack Kowalski making a spectacular one-handed grab for the interception in the endzone to stop a Northmont drive.  Stevie Llanas and Brian Loose came up with back-to-back sacks to stop Northmont’s final drive of the game and seal the Homecoming victory for the Beavers.   Beavercreek held Northmont to just 103 yards of total offense and forced three turnovers.  On offense, Tim Bradshaw again rushed for over 100 yards, tallying 142 on 33 carries.

Beavercreek moves to 5-1 on the year, and 1-0 in the Central, and travels to Springfield next week to take on the Wildcats.  Go Beavers!