September 1, 2016

It’s “Beat Carroll” week at Beavercreek High School as the Beavers (1-0) get ready to host the Patriots (1-0) Friday at 7:00 at BHS.  Beavercreek opened the season with a 37-20 pounding of the Xenia Buccaneers as the Beavers ran for 448 yards on the ground and held the Bucs to -41 yards rushing.  Beavercreek quarterbacks scored all five touchdowns for the Beavs on short goal line dives and the defense added an early safety.  The Patriots opened with a road win at Stebbins, 34-21.  Carroll won despite the Indians outgaining the Patriots in total yardage (249 to 185).  The Patriots were led by two scores each from Evan Howard and Lamont Harris.  Quarterback Nick Riley was 12-16 for 140 yards, 2 TD and no interceptions in the win.

The Beavers have won four of the last five against Carroll and are looking for back-to-back wins following last year’s spirited 21-16 win at Carroll in a game that was postponed to Saturday morning due to weather.  In the game, the Beavs built a 21-3 lead early in the second half before hanging on in the 4th quarter for the win.  Carroll rallied late with two 4th quarter touchdowns to pull close, but could not recover the final onside kick to complete the rally.  In a contrast of offensive styles, the Beavers ran for 280 yards and Carroll threw for 249 yards against the Beavers’ defense.

KEYS TO THE GAME: It’s no secret . . . the Beavers will run the ball . . . a lot.  Last year, the Patriots held the Beavers below their season-average of 290 yards rushing per game.  Despite that, the Beavers dominated the pace of the game, more than doubling Carroll’s time of possession (31:17 to 13:59).  Carroll’s passing offense can strike quickly, and may need to do so if Beavercreek shortens the game by controlling the clock.  Carroll will be facing an experienced Creek secondary with a number of playmakers who can change the game by creating a turnover, as well as a stout pass rush led by linebacker Jack Knipper.  Look for the Beavs to force Carroll into some quick throws.  If QB Nick Riley is as efficient as he was in Week 1, Carroll has a good chance to keep this one close and even win their second straight game at Beavercreek.   If not, look for the Beavers to roll.   GO BEAVERS!