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Beavers come from behind to tame the Wildcats
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FALLS CITY -- With an impressive 40-37 win over a good Yorktown football team last Friday night, the Falls City Beavers improved their season record to 2-2, and gained some confidence that should help carry them through the season.
Things didn’t start well for the Beavers, though, as the Yorktown Wildcats scored the first two touchdowns of the game. The first came on a 19-yard run by Rodryck Williams, and the second on a 91-yard run by Jayden Barefield. When the first quarter ended, it was Yorktown who held a 14-0 advantage.
The Beavers got on the scoreboard at the 10:28 mark of the second quarter, though, as Tyler Wiatrek took the ball 57 yards to the house. The point-after attempt was no good, but the Beavers were back in the game at 14-6.
Yorktown responded to the Beaver touchdown immediately with another of its own, however, as Williams went 58 yards for the touchdown. With 10:15 to play in the half, the Wildcats were enjoying a 21-6 lead.
Falls City didn’t suffer a letdown, though, and the Beavers came right back. Junior quarterback Cameron Soto eventually connected with Wade Jimerson for a 50-yard touchdown strike. The 2-point conversion was foiled by the Wildcats, and the score stood at 21-12 -- a lead Yorktown would hold as time expired in the half.
Falls City Head Coach Mark Kirchhoff looked for motivation during halftime, and when the team returned to the field for the second half, it was clear the Beavers had a renewed spirit. Falls City set up to receive the second-half kickoff, and Phillip Lyssy brought the home crowd to their feet as he returned the kick 84 yards for a touchdown. Falls City made it 0-3 on extra-point attempts, but narrowed the Wildcat lead to 21-18.
It was a defensive battle throughout the remainder of the third quarter, but every-thing changed in the fourth.
Barefield got things going at the 11:49 mark of the fourth quarter, as he scored for the Wildcats from 42 yards out. The kick was good, and the score was 28-18. The Beavers quickly responded, though, and Wiatrek scored his second touchdown of the game by running in from 4 yards out. Scott Lyssy kicked the extra point to make the score 28-25, with 9:25 remaining on the clock.
With 2:17 left to play in the game, Soto ran for 18 yards on a quarterback keeper and gave the Beavers their first lead of the night at 31-28. Scott Lyssy kicked the extra point, and the score was 32-28.
The Wildcats acted quickly, perhaps a little too quickly, needing just 27 seconds to score their fifth touchdown of the game and to retake the lead. Barefield made it happen as he capped off the Yorktown drive with a 7-yard run. The extra point was good, and the Wildcats led 35-32.
The Beavers were not through on the night, though, and managed the clock perfectly as they put together one final drive and punched in their sixth touchdown on a 1-yard run by Jimerson with just 6 seconds remaining on the clock. Falls City took the lead at 40-35, and the team lined up for the point-after attempt.
Yorktown’s defense got great penetration on the point-after, and the Wildcats came up with a block. Barefield scooped up the loose ball and returned it the length of the field for 2 points, but Falls City still led, 40-37.
The Beavers kicked off one last time, and then rejoiced in the huge come-from-behind victory to celebrate Homecoming.
The Beavers racked up 531 yards of total offense, including 201 yards through the air and 330 on the ground. Soto completed 12 of 14 passing attempts, and Jimerson was his favorite target of the game, catching four passes for 81 yards. Wiatrek caught three passes for 52 yards, Phillip Lyssy caught four passes for 46 yards, and Dean Gaskamp caught a pass that was good for 22.
Phillip Lyssy led the Beaver ground game with 97 yards on 20 touches, Wiatrek had 92 yards on 10 carries, and Soto ran 12 times for 79 yards. Jon Swierc ran for 54 yards and Cody Jendrusch earned 8 yards.
The Beavers improved their season record to 2-2 with the win, and concluded their non-district schedule. Falls City is scheduled to begin District 16-1A play this Friday, Sept. 23, as they travel to Woodsboro to face the Eagles. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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