October 6, 2016

Beavercreek takes to the road this week to take on the unbeaten Wayne Warriors.  Wayne has played in two-straight OHSAA Division I championship games, losing both to Lakewood St. Edwards after holding a lead late in the fourth quarter.  Wayne has once again reloaded by gaining a number of area transfers and is in a position to contend for a third-straight trip to the title game.

Beavercreek enters the game at 4-2 and 1-0 in the GWOC National East division, tied with the Warriors who are 5-0 and 1-0 in the division.  The Warriors are loaded on both sides of the ball and lead the GWOC in total offense and are second in total defense.  The Beavers are third overall in the GWOC in total offense and total defense.   Beavercreek dropped a key game a week ago to Springboro, a game marred by a missed scoring opportunity and poor clock management.  Any playoff hopes for the Beavers will take a huge hit with another loss.

Beavercreek last beat Wayne in 2012, when the Beavers upset the Warriors 14-13 on the road en route to a share of the GWOC Central crown.  Wayne has lost just two GWOC games since that monumental Beavercreek win.  So can the Beavers pull off another amazing road win?  The key will be on the defensive side of the ball.  The Warriors can pass and run, but the key will be putting pressure on Sophomore QB Rashad McKee and creating turnovers.  LB Jack Knipper has wreaked havoc on opposing quarterbacks all year – he will need not only to be solid against the run but disruptive against the pass as well.  Beavercreek’s secondary is experienced, but will be strongly tested by L’Christian Smith, Matt Wilcox, and Xenia-transfer Ray James.  On offense, Beavercreek must have some controlled drives to shorten the game, which will require more than just running up the middle.  Wayne’s defense is far too stout up front and quick on the edges to challenge the Warriors up the middle. Beavercreek may be able to create opportunities with misdirection and short passes.