October 21, 2017

You could say Cody Hocker and his fellow classmates had a “senior moment” in their final home game as the Beavers dominated Miamisburg on Friday night, 21-0.  Hocker, the senior QB, scored all three of Beavercreek’s touchdowns in leading an efficient running attack that put up 248 yards on the ground.  But the bigger story on Senior Night was the play of the defense which bounced back after back-to-back rough weeks to pitch its first shutout of the year.

Beavercreek threatened early in the game after a couple of nice drives, but couldn’t capitalize until the second quarter when Hocker found the endzone from 4 yards out and the automatic PAT by Marcella Cash made it 7-0.  Creek would hold on to that lead until Hocker scored again midway through the third quarter on a beautiful touchdown run to give the Beavs a 14-0 lead.  Miamisburg immediately put together a quick drive in response, moving into the redzone on a couple long pass plays and it looked as if the Vikings would answer quickly.  But the Creek defense rose to the occasion, thwarting the drive with a big fourth down stand.  Hocker added another scoring run in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 21-0 and put the game out of reach for the visiting Vikings.

Beavercreek’s secondary was a key for the defense, as Miamisburg’s junior QB, Tate Vongsy, was many times right on target with receivers only to see the pass broken up at the last minute.  Vongsy, who 31.5 far below his season average of 149.8. Seniors Jordan Williams and Bryce Neuse both had interceptions, with Neuse recording his league-leading 5th pick of the season.  It was only fitting that this senior-laden defense would have one of its best performances at home on Senior Night.

Beavercreek moves to 6-3 on the season and is still in the playoff hunt, although they will need some serious help to make it and will need a big win in the regular season finale at Centerville (8-1).