September 15, 2017

Beavercreek remained a perfect 4-0 on the season following a 41-35 victory over Lebanon on Thursday night, but it took two overtime periods before the Beavers could finally put away the visiting Warriors.  Creek struck first on a Kaden Wenger 80-yard scoring run and the teams exchanged touchdowns until the Warriors were able to take the lead just before half, 21-14.  QB Cody Hocker evened the game in the third with an 8-yard run and then Hocker found Sabastian Rendon on a short 4-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter to give the Beavers the lead at 28-21.  Lebanon was able to put together a final scoring drive, culminating in a 6-yard scoring strike from Kyle Short to Alec Koch with just 30 seconds left to send the game to overtime.  After the teams exchanged touchdowns in the first overtime, the Beavercreek defense came up with a big stop in the second overtime as Lebanon missed on a FG attempt, giving the Beavs a chance to put the game away.  They took advantage of that opportunity as Drew Nanda scored on a fourth and goal to end the game, 41-35.

Despite the close score, Beavercreek was dominant statistically, rolling up a whopping 599 yards to Lebanon’s 182.  Kaden Wenger had a career night on the ground with 319 yards and two scores, Cody Hocker added 94 yards and a score, and Nanda 71 yards and two touchdowns as the Beavers ran for 543 yards against the Lebanon defense.  Wenger now sits with 804 yards through four games, well on his way to a 1,000+ yard season.  On defense the Beavers held the Warriors to 97 yards on the ground and 85 yards through the air, but the Warriors made the most of their limited yardage by scoring five touchdowns and taking the game into two overtimes.

The win for the Beavs is important, as they get past a tough Lebanon team to stay firmly within the playoff hunt early in the season and carry momentum in to next week’s big game at home against Fairmont.  There are no gimme’s left on Creek’s remaining schedule as they prepare to face teams that are a combined 15-3 as of today – with four of those teams being currently unbeaten.