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Brahmas trample Beavers in Stockdale
Stockdale senior running back Trevor Baumann (5) looks for running room as Falls City sophomore linebacker Stephen Poole (34) gives chase.
Wilson County NewsAugust 31, 2011 2,550 views 2 comments
Falls City 14
STOCKDALE -- It’s not the way the Beavers wanted to begin their state title defense season, but on the other hand, it’s exactly the way the Brahmas wanted to get things kicked off under their new head coach. Falls City traveled to Stockdale last Friday night to open the 2011 high school football season, and when the dust finally settled at Bobby Russell Field, it was Stockdale celebrating a big 34-14 win, and Falls City making a list of things to fix before district play begins.
When two local teams meet, it’s always a “big deal.” Bragging rights are on the line, and the stadium is filled with electricity. It feels like a playoff game.
The crowd had a lot to cheer about during the game, and things really got going when Brahma senior quarterback Colton West broke through the Beaver defense for a 38-yard touchdown run. West then kicked his own extra point, and Stockdale led 7-0 with 8:15 remaining in the first quarter.
After a good Stockdale defensive stand, the Brahma offense returned to the field, and this time it was senior Trevor Baumann who found the nicest patch of lawn on the field as he rumbled 33 yards for a touchdown. The point-after attempt failed, but with 5:21 to play in the first, it was all Stockdale at 13-0.
Things settled down a bit from there, but when play continued in the second quarter, Stockdale continued to be the dominant team on the field. With 9:06 left in the half, West brought the home crowd to its collective feet once again, this time on a run of 33 yards for a third Brahma touchdown. Stockdale failed to convert during the point-after attempt, but still led 19-0.
Before the half would end, the Brahmas would add even more padding to the lead. It began as Patrick Washburn recorded a tackle in the end zone for a safety and 2 points, and continued as Baumann took the kickoff following the safety back 60 yards for another touchdown. West kicked the extra point, and the Brahmas led 28-0.
Anyone who knows anything about Falls City knows the Beavers don’t quit. Falls City fought hard during the final minutes of the half, and finally found some relief as Phillip Lyssy ran in from a yard out. The extra point was good, and the score stood at 28-7 as the teams headed for the locker rooms.
The Beavers made some big adjustments during the break, and played much better in the second half. Falls City held Stockdale from scoring in the third quarter, and the Brahmas returned the favor. As the teams moved into the final 12 minutes of play, it was still Stockdale out in front, 28-7.
The Brahma offense got rolling again early in the fourth quarter, and West connected with Baumann for 35 yards and the team’s fifth touchdown of the night. The point-after attempt was no good, but Stockdale’s lead was now 34-7.
Falls City continued to plug away, and the team found success in different ways throughout the night. The Brahma defense played tough, but the Beavers found one final scoring opportunity late in the fourth, as Lyssy ran in for his second touchdown of the night. The extra point was good, and the game ended with the final score of 34-14.
Statistically speaking, the Beavers had a decent game, but were well short of their typical numbers in the ground game. Falls City tallied 182 total in Stockdale, running for only 91 yards on 36 carries, and throwing for another 91 yards on four completions. The Beavers punted the ball six times, and were penalized six times for 35 yards.
On the other side, Stockdale tallied 315 total yards on 58 passing yards and 257 yards of rushing. The Brahmas did fumble the ball over to the Beavers twice, and punted it away four times.
West was Stockdale’s leading rusher with 116 yards, followed by Baumann with 69 yards, and Matt Valadez with 54. Baumann caught two passes for 48 yards, and Cody Hastings pulled in one pass for 10 yards.
Junior quarterback Cameron Soto led the Beaver running game with 39 yards, followed by Kendall Kanak with 19 yards, Phillip Lyssy with 12, and John Swierc with 11 yards. Tyler Wiatrek was the leading Falls City receiver with 55 yards, followed by Swierc with 21.
The Brahmas will play at home again this week, as Stockdale welcomes the Jourdanton Indians. Falls City will play at home this week, but will host the Poth Pirates, who are fresh off a thrilling 8-7 opening win over Marion. Kickoffs for both games are set for 7:30 p.m.
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