September 21, 2016

Beavercreek looks to rebound from last week’s disappointing loss at Lebanon as the Beavers open GWOC National East play on the road against Fairmont on Friday night at 7:00.  The National East division is the former GWOC Central division, without Northmont.  Beavercreek enters division play at 3-1 and will be looking to get back on track against a winless Fairmont squad.  The Firebirds are in their first year with new head coach Dave Miller, who came to Fairmont after a successful tenure at Covington.  One of the things Miller brought with him to Fairmont was the triple-option offense, something the Beavers know a little about.  The Beavs run the triple, and have been one of the top rushing offenses in the area the past few years, last year averaging 290 yards on the ground per game and this year boasting a league-leading 372 yards per game.  Despite its 0-4 mark, Fairmont has been able to run the triple, piling up 282 yards on the ground last week in a 38-20 loss at Springboro.  The Firebirds are led by junior Kennon Burroughs (296 yards, 1 TD) and senior Darnell Boulware (239 yards, 3 TD).  Fairmont’s offense ranks 12th among GWOC teams (7th rush, 18th pass) and the defense ranks 14th (13th rush, 14th pass), while Beavercreek is the 3rd ranked offense (1st rush, 19th pass) and the 4th ranked defense (1st rush, 18th pass).  Beavercreek is only allowing 5.3 rushing yards per game.  On offense, the Beavs have five players who have rushed for more than 200 yards on the season — Kaden Wenger (402), Rodney Alston (283), Justin Terrell (273), Noah Corrigan (244), and Cody Hocker (222).

Defense should be the difference here — Beavercreek has been solid on defense, especially against the run.  Fairmont will have to run the ball to be successful.  Although they have piled up yards in defeats this year, the Firebirds have had difficulty scoring points, averaging only 15.8 points per game.  Beavercreek is looking to win its second straight over Fairmont following last year’s blowout win in Beavercreek, 62-15.