October 27, 2016

Friday’s season finale against Centerville will be “Senior Night” for the Class of 2017, as Beavercreek will honor a group of seniors who have contributed greatly to the success of Beavercreek’s football program.  Both teams enter the game at 4-5 on the season and are long out of the D-1 playoff race.  But the game is still important as Beavercreek tries to even their record on the year and beat Centerville for only the second time in decades.  The Beavers last beat the Elks at home in 2012, with a team that finished 7-3 and won a share of the GWOC Central title.  Last year, despite outplaying the Elks on the road, the Beavers fell victim to mistakes and clock mismanagement in falling 35-28, a game that ultimately cost the Beavers a playoff spot.  Beavercreek will have a chance to avenge that defeat at home on Friday.

The Elks are struggling this year, but have won their last two games over Northmont and Fairmont.  Centerville has the 16th-ranked offense and 15th-ranked defense in the GWOC, while the Beavers are 9th on offense and 4th on defense.  To win, the Beavers need to end the turnover plague that has them on a four-game skid and win the turnover battle with the Elks.  By limiting turnovers, the Beavers can chew away at the clock and put pressure on Centerville’s offense by numbering their possessions.  The Beavers’ defense is led by a number of outstanding seniors who will be playing in front of the home crowd for the final time, including multi-year starters Jack Knipper, Julian Linkhart, Jack Kowalski, Jay Drennen, Nick Thurston, Noah Elam, and Caleb Thomas.  Look for the defense to be fired up for this one with the chance of sending Centerville to its first losing season in decades.  Go Beavers!!