September 27, 2017

Beavercreek is 5-0 for the first time since 2008, but it’s been even longer since the Beavers have beaten Springboro.  Since 2008, Beavercreek has faced Springboro three times — losing all three games.  In 2014, in Coach Nic Black’s first game against his former team, the Panthers demolished the Beavers 58-0.  The gap narrowed in 2015, but the Beavers were again shut out 28-0.  Last year, Beavercreek finally scored against Springboro and ended up losing a tight game, 31-28, a game in which they should have won.  That game ended with Beavercreek inside the Springboro 1-yard line and getting stopped as time expired after failing to manage the clock and downs.  It was one that slipped away and began a five-game slide to end the Beavers’ season at 4-6.

This year, Beavercreek has the exact same schedule and begins a tough stretch Friday night at Springboro.  This may be Beavercreek’s best chance at taking down the Panthers who have struggled to a 1-4 start.  The slow start is uncharacteristic for Springboro, who has been in the playoffs every year since 2012.  Boro comes into the game having lost to Mason, Winton Woods, Fairmont, and Centerville.  The Panthers only win was a 37-0 shutout of Middletown in week 2.  The Middies are winless on the year.  Fairmont is the only common opponent for both Springboro and Beavercreek, with Springboro falling to the Firebirds 40-38 while Beavercreek is coming off a dominating 14-3 victory over Fairmont.  The more telling statistic is that Fairmont ran for 353 yards against the Springboro defense.  If Beavercreek can have that kind of success running the ball, they have a great chance of winning at Springboro.

Beavercreek’s defense has been the key to their 5-0 start, yielding just 78 yards per game on the ground.  The Beavs have the top-ranked defense in the GWOC. The defense is again the key in this one, as the Beavers should be able to effectively run the ball against the Springboro defense.  If they can get some stops, the Beavs should be able to control the tempo and clock.   Kaden Wenger has been a tough matchup for opposing defenses on his way to racking up 981 yards on the season.  Wenger should easily top 1,000 yards this week.  A win at Springboro would be huge for Creek’s playoff hopes and would continue the momentum going into the following week’s matchup with perennial power Wayne.  GO BEAVERS!