October 16, 2015

The Beavercreek Beavers missed a golden opportunity on Friday night to not only beat the Centerville Elks in Centerville, but also to take a big step in securing a playoff berth.  The Beavers started strong with recovering an onside kick to start the game and then marching down the field to take a 7-0 lead.  Centerville matched Beavercreek score for score until right before half when the Beavers took a 21-14 lead and then kicked the ball deep and got a stop to gain possession back with a little over two minutes to play in the half.  The Beavers drove down the field, almost scoring and having the ball inside the 5 yard line before penalties, poor clock management, and a missed field goal left the Beavers with a missed scoring drive and a chance to go up by two scores.  The missed opportunity was big because Beavercreek had won the toss and deferred to the second half.  It was the second missed FG of the half for the Beavers.

Centerville turned around and recovered an onside kick to start the second half, adding to the Beavers’ special team woes on the night, then put together a scoring drive to tie the game at 21-21.  But the Beavers answered and took a 28-21 lead midway through the 3rd quarter.  Centerville again answered by converting a fourth down into a long touchdown pass to tie it up at 28-28.  After the Elks stopped the Beavers, and the Beavers failed to flip the field with a short pooch punt, the Elks began their go-ahead drive that culminated in a touchdown pass with almost six minutes remaining.  Beavercreek, who had run all over Centerville the entire night, piling up 442 rushing yards, looked as if they were heading down the field to tie it up.   Instead, penalties and two shots at the endzone ended the Beavers’ last drive when Centerville intercepted Hunter Maloney to end the game.

The Beavers dominated the game, outgaining the Elks 487 to 295 and controlling the time of possession 36:07 to 11:53.  Tim Bradshaw was next to impossible to stop, running for 260 yards.  But penalties, special teams miscues, and poor clock management killed the Beavers.  The loss drops Beavercreek to 6-2 on the season, 2-1 in the GWOC.  The Beavers will return home to meet the Wayne Warriors (8-0) next week.