September 30, 2017

Unbeaten Beavercreek had everything going right toward the end of the third quarter Friday night at Springboro — Sean Keck had just connected on a 32-yard FG to give the Beavers a 24-14 lead.  It looked like Beavercreek may finally get that elusive victory against the Panthers.  But Springboro quickly answered with a touchdown and then connected on two FGs in the fourth quarter to close the game with 13 unanswered points to stun the Beavers 27-24.  After the Panthers scored a FG with 3:51 left, Beavercreek fumbled to set up the winning kick by Panther’s kicker Connor Luksic.  While the Panthers were able to slow Kaden Wenger, who ended with just 57 yards on 16 carries, Creek was able to put up 315 yards on the ground against Springboro and held an overall 369 to 273 edge in total yards.  Beavercreek’s rushing attack was led by Sebastian Rendon, who had 96 yards and a score. Creek’s Bryce Neuse intercepted his fourth pass of the season, tied for tops in the GWOC.

This is the second year that Beavercreek has let a win get away against Springboro.  The Panthers watched last year as the Beavers squandered a chance to punch in the winning score as time expired.  This year, Creek’s lone turnover came at the most inopportune time and set up an easy FG for the Panthers.  Regardless, it is another one that slipped away and may become crucial in the playoff race, as Beavercreek falls to 5-1.  For Springboro, it was a must-win game, as they move to 2-4 and begin an easier stretch of their schedule.  For Creek, it’s just the opposite, as they head into the toughest part of their season, hosting Wayne next week and with Springfield, Miamisburg, and Centerville left on the schedule.