September 8, 2017

Beavercreek continued its dominance over Fairborn on Friday night with a 48-20 win in the Beavers’ home opener.  The Beavers looked like they may blow the game open early after Kaden Wenger scampered in from 34 yards out on Creek’s first possession and then Cody Hocker found Jake Maloney wide open across the middle for a 44-yard touchdown on their second possession, to make it 13-0 early.  But Fairborn battled back as senior QB Wesley Watts connected with Shaun Monroe on a 37-yard touchdown strike to bring the Skyhawks within a score at 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.  Wenger added another touchdown on a 36-yard run early in the second quarter to give the Beavs a 20-7 lead.  Following another long completion by Watts, Fairborn punched it in from 2-yards out and the Skyhawks kept it close at half, 20-13.

Then things got Neuse, as senior linebacker Bryce Neuse picked off a Watts’ pass and took it back 15 yards for the score, giving Beavercreek a 27-13 lead.  On Fairborn’s next possession, Neuse struck again, this time taking his second interception of the game back for a 22-yard score and extending the lead to 34-13.  Beavercreek added two fourth-quarter scores, one by Hocker and the other by Drew Nanda.  The Beavers ran for 316 yards against the Skyhawks and Wenger was able to get back on track with another 200+ yard game, his second of the year.  Wenger, who was held to just 27 yards last week at Carroll, exploded for 224 yards and two scores.

Neuse was the story on defense with the two picks for scores, but also added five tackles and a sack. He is currently tied for the GWOC lead with three interceptions on the year.  While Watts was able to have some success throwing the ball against the Beaver defense, finishing with 190 yards on 13 completions, the Creek defense was able to hold the Skyhawks’ to 68 yards rushing.  The defense remains the number 1 ranked defense in the GWOC through three games.

Beavercreek joins three other GWOC National East teams (Fairmont, Centerville, and Springfield) at 3-0 and will face Lebanon (2-1) next Thursday night at home, in the second of three-straight home games for the Beavers.