September 23, 2016

For just about 43 minutes of the game Friday night, Fairmont dominated the visiting Beavers, limiting the Beavers to a couple first downs and very little offense.  But the final five minutes of regulation belonged to the Beavers and junior Kaden Wenger, as the Beavs orchestrated a miraculous comeback to ruin Fairmont’s homecoming.  As Beavercreek struggled in the first half, Fairmont scored on a Miles Johnson to Kennon Burroughs 33-yard touchdown strike to take a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.  The Firebirds added another score with :19 left in the first half as Burroughs ran it in from 5 yards out and Fairmont held a 14-0 lead at half.  After a scoreless third quarter, the Firebirds continued to control the ball deep into the fourth quarter.  But the Beavers finally came alive and began to wear down the smaller Firebirds, putting together a scoring drive culminating in a Kaden Wenger 36-yard touchdown scamper with 4:58 remaining.  Beavercreek was unable to convert the extra point, as the hold was bobbled and an attempt to run it in failed.  Down 14-6, the Beavers attempted an onside kick, but did not recover.  A few plays later, Noah Elam intercepted a pass across the middle and the Beavers began their attempt to drive down and tie the game.  Noah Corrigan converted several tough runs on the outside  and Jake Maloney had a couple of key receptions to set up another Kaden Wenger touchdown on 4th and one from the 10-yard line.  Wenger wasn’t finished tough, as he plowed his way up the middle for the two-point conversion to tie the game with just seconds to play, 14-14.  Fairmont converted a long pass to set up what may have been a game-winning field goal, but the play was called back for holding, and Fairmont took a knee to end regulation.

Creek had the ball first in overtime and after a first-down loss, Wenger took the handoff and virtually went untouched up the middle for 26 yards and the score.  Marcella Cash tacked on the extra point and the Beavers were up 21-14.  Fairmont’s possession ended on fourth and short and the Beaver defense came up with a big stop to end the game and complete the comeback.  The Creek defense was solid all night, defending short fields and coming up with big stops when needed.  Jack Knipper led the defense with 14 tackles, including several big hits and a key fourth-down stop inside the Beavercreek two-yard line.  Jullian Linkhart added 11 tackles and Elam grabbed his first pick of the season, and Beavercreek’s only turnover of the night.  Beavercreek moves to 4-1 on the season and Fairmont drops to 0-5.  Beavercreek returns home on Thursday to host Springboro in a televised game.

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