October 29, 2016

Beavercreek’s final home game of 2016 capped a season of close games, many of which came down to the final seconds.  On Senior Night, the Beavers were in a perfect position to close out the season on a good note and send Centerville to its first losing season in years.  With Beavercreek up 28-24 with 2:03 to go, Centerville took over inside its own 20 and began a game-winning drive that culminated in a 15-yard touchdown pass with just 25 seconds left.  At one point in the drive, the Beavers had the Elks backed up in what appeared to be a third and very long before a costly unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Beavercreek defense for celebrating a pass breakup moved the ball into a third down and 8.  Centerville QB Alec Grandin completed a pass to set up a 4th and 1, still inside Centerville territory, then followed it up with a surprising deep throw that was completed for a first down deep into Beavercreek territory.  That was the back-breaking sequence that lead to Centerville’s final score.

Grandin, a junior, was nothing short of amazing in leading the comeback win.  He threw for a season and career-high 341 yards and 3 TDs, and was 28 of 36 on his throws.  When pressured, Grandin was able to scramble for yards, leading the Elks in rushing with 68 yards on 12 carries.  Grandin accounted for 409 of Centerville’s 413 total yards.  Grandin stepped up on a night in which the Centerville defense struggled to stop the Beavers’ rushing attack.  The Beavs racked up 463 yards on the ground, which was their highest total since running for 491 against Fairborn in week 3.  Junior Kaden Wenger lead the attack with 118 yards and Rodney Alston chipped in with 105 yards on just 5 carries.  Wenger finished the season as Beavercreek’s leading rusher with 873 yards and 9 TDs (13th in GWOC), with an impressive 7.2 yards per carry.  Alston and fellow senior Noah Corrigan both surpassed 500 yards on the season, with QB Cody Hocker and senior Justin Terrell surpassing 400 rushing yards for the season.  Terrell was Beavercreek’s leading receiver on the year with 138 yards.

Jack Knipper lead the Beavercreek defense on the night with 11 tackles and a sack.  On the season, Knipper finished with a team-high 70 tackles and 5.5 sacks.  The Beavers finish the season 4-6, but certainly were very close to having a much different season had a couple of the closer games gone their way.  Thanks to all the senior players for such an exciting season — this senior class will surely be missed.

And a special thanks to our professional photographer (Scott Stuart – Scott Stuart Photography) and videographer (Greg Peel – Youtube: peelgs) for compiling high quality pictures and highlight videos of Beavercreek football.

Galleries of Game Pictures can be seen at: CLICK HERE

Video Highlights can be seen at: CLICK HERE