BEAVERS swat Yellowjackets
The Beaver offensive line takes its position prior to the snap. The Falls City front paved the way for the Beaver backs to score 56 unanswered points in Runge.
Falls City 56
RUNGE -- The defending state champions from Falls City may have gotten off to a slow start this season, but the Battlin’ Beavers are rolling now. The team even put an exclamation point on things last Friday in Runge, as they thrashed the Yellowjackets in the form of a 56-0 defeat.
Falls City wasted no time before scoring in the first quarter. The Beavers moved the ball out near midfield, and then Jon Swierc sprinted the last 56 yards for a touchdown. Scott Lyssy kicked the extra point, and Falls City led 7-0.
Just two and a half minutes later, the Beavers scored their second touchdown of the game on a 76-yard passing play from junior quarterback Cameron Soto to Tyler Wiatrek. Wiatrek then scored his second touchdown of the night another two minutes later, as he ran 64 yards from scrimmage before finding the nicest patch of grass on the field. With 5:45 still remaining in the first quarter, Falls City led Runge, 21-0.
Things slowed down a bit, but Falls City maintained its pressure on the Yellowjackets and continued to put the ball in the hands of the Beaver offense. As time wound down in the first, Soto found an opening in the Runge defense and scampered 20 yards for Falls City’s fourth touchdown of the quarter. Lyssy kicked the extra point, and the teams moved into the second quarter with the score 28-0.
The scoring rampage was far from over in the second, though, as the Beavers tacked on another 21 points on three big touchdowns. Soto capped off a Falls City drive with a 1-yard run to start the second-quarter scoring efforts, and Phillip Lyssy followed with a touchdown run of 17 yards. Soto reconnected with Wiatrek inside the two-minute mark, and the toss was good for 11 yards and the score. As the teams headed into halftime, it was all Falls City, 49-0.
The Beavers scored right away to start the second half, as Dean Gaskamp found running room from the 12-yard line. Scott Lyssy kicked the extra point, and the game was all but over as the visiting team led 56-0.
Head Coach Mark Kirchhoff threw the brakes on at that point, and the Beavers coasted to an easy win. The team chewed up clock throughout the remainder of the third quarter and again throughout the fourth.
Soto hit his marks well during the game and connected on seven of nine passing attempts for 235 yards and two touchdowns. Wiatrek was once again his favorite target, reeling in four passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Stephen Poole caught one pass for 33 yards, Gaskamp caught a pass that was good for 23 yards, and Wade Jimerson snatched one down for 19 yards.
On the ground, Wiatrek was again the man of the night, rushing for 131 yards on just three touches. Swierc also had a great night, earning 109 yards on four carries. Phillip Lyssy picked up 56 yards on the ground, and Soto ran three times for 21 yards. Also running the ball were Cody Jendrusch, David Brodsky, Kendall Kanak, Gaskamp, Poole, Rowdy Kowalik, and Graham Lawrence.
As if the scoreboard wasn’t enough, a quick comparison of the stats sheet reinforces the nature of the one-sided affair. Runge managed just four first downs throughout the night and was forced to punt the ball seven times. Meanwhile, Falls City earned 23 first downs and didn’t punt the ball once. Runge ran the ball 39 times for 105 yards. Falls City ran 37 times for 463 yards. The Yellowjackets threw six passes and completed one for 3 yards, while the Beavers threw 10 passes, completed seven, and earned 235 yards. The Yellowjackets did win in a couple of categories, though. Falls City coughed up a whopping seven fumbles and lost four, while Runge only dropped the ball twice and turned it over once. The Yellowjackets were not penalized during the game, but the Beavers drew 13 pieces of laundry for 80 yards.
The win improves the Beavers’ overall record to 5-2, and puts them at 3-0 in district play. Falls City will play at home this Friday, Oct. 14, as the team from Benavides visits Beaver Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.