August 26, 2016

For the second year in a row, Beavercreek begins the season 1-0 with a sound win over Xenia, 37-20.  The game, which was featured on Fox 45 television, was dominated early by Beavercreek’s defense, with a safety on Xenia’s second play from scrimmage.  Following an 8-play, 78-yard scoring drive capped off by a Jake Maloney 1-yard TD run, Beavercreek’s Bryce Neuse intercepted Xenia’s Christain Severt, providing the Beavers with a great chance to blow the game open early.  Beavercreek drove and was threatening before a fumble killed the drive.  Xenia made the most of the turnover, scoring on a 20-yard pass to make it 9-6.

Xenia then took the lead early in the second quarter on a 35-yard TD strike and all of a sudden the Bucs had the lead at 14-9.  But from there on out, the Beavers’ ground game controlled the clock and the defense clamped down, keeping the Bucs’ offense out of the endzone.  The Bucs’ only other score came mid-way through the fourth quarter on a Mechi Harris 83-yard kickoff return, to cut the Beavers’ lead to 30-20.  Harris scored all three of Xenia’s touchdowns.

The Beavercreek ground game rolled up 448 yards to Xenia’s -41.  It is the second straight year that the Beavercreek defense has held Xenia to negative rushing yards.  All of Beavercreek’s scores were short QB dives, with Jake Maloney scoring twice and Cody Hocker finding the endzone three times.  Noah Corrigan lead the Beavers with 135 yards on the ground with Rodney Alston adding 104 yards.  On defense, Caleb Thomas had 6 tackles and a sack and Jack Knipper added two sacks.

The Beavers, now in the realigned GWOC National Division, move to 1-0 on the season and will host Carroll next Friday night at home (kickoff set for 7:00PM).