September 2, 2016

It was a beautiful night for football in Beavercreek as the Beavers hosted cross-town rival Carroll in a nonconference showdown, with both teams looking to start the season 2-0.  After strong week one performances by both teams, this game was a defensive struggle, as Beavercreek shut out the Patriots 14-0.  The Beavers threatened a few times early but drives seemed to stall with a number of penalty flags flying around in the first half.  The most costly penalty of the first half came after Julian Linkhart ignited the capacity crowd with a punt return for a touchdown, but the score was called back for a block in the back that was far away from the play.

Both teams were scoreless through three quarters, as the Creek defense dominated Carroll.  Jack Knipper was everywhere, finishing the game with a team-high seven tackles and a sack.  Knipper also had a big first-half interception he returned 24 yards to thwart a Patriot drive and landed a number of bone-jarring hits on Carroll QB Nick Riley.  Riley, who last week was very sharp against Stebbins, finished the game 11-34 for 63 yards and 2 INT.  Linkhart added an interception and Bryce Neuse recovered a fumble as Beavercreek forced three turnovers and held the Patriots to 49 total yards and -14 yards rushing.  The Beavercreek offense finally broke through early in the fourth quarter as Justin Terrell picked up a key fourth-down conversion and then just seconds later scored from 3 yards out to give the Beavers a 7-0 lead and all the points they would need on the night.  After several big defensive stops, QB Cody Hocker scampered 77 yards for a score and after K Marcella Cash added the extra point, the Beavers had a safe 14-0 lead.  Hocker led the Beavers’ rushing attack with 132 yards on 19 carries.  Rodney Alston added 53 yards on the ground and the Beavers rolled up 271 yards rushing and 302 total yards.

The Beavercreek defense boasts the GWOC’s top rush defense after two weeks, holding opponents to -55 yards on the ground, and 89 yards per game passing.  Jack Knipper and Nick Thurston lead the league in sacks with 3 and 2.5 respectively.  The Beavers’ rush offense leads the league with a rushing average of 359.5 yards per game.  The Beavs move to 2-0 on the season and will take to the road for the first time this season next week as they travel to Fairborn to take on the Skyhawks (0-2).