October 7, 2015

The Beavercreek Beavers (5-1, 1-0 GWOC) look to continue the roll they’ve been on recently as they travel to Springfield Friday night to take on the Wildcats (2-4, 0-1 GWOC).  Springfield is coming off a 35-0 loss at home to Wayne, which is arguably one of the most talented teams in the state.  The Wildcats kept the game close through the first half and into the third quarter before giving up two scores as Wayne ran away with the game.  The Beavers opened GWOC play at home with a 17-7 win over Northmont.  While the defense was impressive, the offense sputtered with untimely penalties and turnovers, allowing Northmont to stay close throughout.  Senior running back Tim Bradshaw rushed for 142 yards and has now rushed for over 100 yards in every game this season.  Both teams have been playing well as of late.  Beavercreek is coming off an emotional win at Columbus Bishop Hartley and last week’s Homecoming victory over Northmont.  Springfield dismantled Butler 51-13 and then played Wayne close for much of the game last week.

Springfield is an explosive and dangerous team that can score quickly on the big play.  They are currently ranked 15th in the GWOC in total offense with 276 yards per game and 19.3 points per contest, and 7th defensively, giving up 296 yards and 11 points per game.  Beavercreek boasts the GWOC’s second-ranked overall defense, a unit that has been playing exceptionally well the past few weeks.  Last week, the defense came up with with a score as Danny Holstein returned an interception 47 yards for a score in the second quarter.  That score was crucial late in the game as the Beavers held on to a 10-point lead and Northmont was forced to go for it on 4th down while in field goal range.  On offense, the Beavers average 294 yards on the ground, second only to Trotwood in the GWOC.  The Beavers have won 4 straight against the Wildcats.

KEYS TO THE GAME: Beavercreek has traditionally had great success running the ball against Springfield’s defense and wearing the Wildcats down.  The Beavers will want to have several long scoring drives to keep the ball away from an explosive Springfield offense.  Last year, the Beavers executed on several onside kicks to gain extra possessions and build an early lead that the Wildcats were unable to overcome.  On defense, Beavercreek must limit the big play and put pressure on the quarterback.  Turnovers may decide this one — Beavercreek must get back to securing the football and not turning it over within the red zone.  Should be a great game — Go  Beavers!