September 22, 2017

In front of a capacity crowd for Homecoming, Beavercreek stayed unbeaten Friday night by downing the visiting Fairmont Firebirds, 14-3.  It was a matchup of familiar styles, with both teams running the triple option, but in the end Beavercreek ran it a little better and stopped it a little better than the Firebirds.  All of the scoring came in the second quarter, with Fairmont striking first on a 31-yard FG to take a 3-0 lead with just over 5:00 minutes left in the half.  Fairmont quickly got the ball back with the chance to extent their lead before half and to get the ball to begin the second half.  But that is when Creek put together an amazing run to end the half.  Following a stop, Beavercreek’s Sebastian Rendon broke loose on a 57-yard run and Beavercreek quickly retook the lead 7-3.  Following a successful onside kick by Marcella Cash, the Beavs had the ball again and they took advantage by driving down and scoring on a Cody Hocker 9-yard scoring run to take a 14-3 lead.  On Fairmont’s next possession, with under a minute to play in the first half, Fairmont tried some trickery with a reverse halfback pass, which was intercepted by Maurice Wilson and returned 34 yards to set up what could have been yet another Creek score before half, but ended in a missed FG.

Fairmont began the second half set to receive, but Cash again executed a perfect onside kick, her second of the night, and Beavercreek was able to take away another possession from Fairmont and eat up some clock in the quarter.  Beavercreek had the chance to ice the game in the fourth quarter, but the drive ended with a fumble into the endzone and a touchback to Fairmont.  The Firebirds then threatened to score with under 2:00 minutes to play, but were stopped on a fourth down play inside the Beavercreek 20.

Beavercreek’s rushing attack was led by Kaden Wenger, who ran for 176 yards and by Rendon who added 76 yards and a big touchdown run. Beavercreek rushed for 285 yards, their lowest rushing total of the year.  The Beavercreek defense held Fairmont well below its season average for rushing yards per game with 121 yards on 29 attempts – the most the Creek defense has allowed in a game this year.  The Beavs held Fairmont’s leading rusher, Jesse Deglow, to just 13 yards on 9 carries.   Adam Graeter led the defense with 7 tackles and Noah Koenig added four tackles and a big sack.

Beavercreek ends a very successful three-game homestand and takes to the road next week to take on Springboro (1-4).  Creek is 5-0 for the first time since 2008 when they began the season 5-0 and finished 5-5 after three heartbreaking losses.  The Beavers are hoping not to repeat that as they begin a difficult stretch with Springboro (1-4), Wayne (4-1), Springfield (4-1), Miamisburg (3-2), and Centerville (5-0) to finish the season.