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Poth special teams help Pirates to win over Falls City Beavers

Poth special teams help Pirates  to win over Falls City Beavers
Beaver quarterback Cameron Soto (3) looks for an open receiver during Falls City’s Sept. 7 loss to Poth. CAROLE GASKAMP/Contributor

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Lance Malcher
WCN Correspondent
September 12, 2012
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Falls City 15
Poth 21

POTH -- Few athletic com-petitions with no implications draw attention like the annual Falls City Beaver and Poth Pirate football game. With that anticipation, there was standing room only at Jack Lane Field last Friday night as the rivalry once again was renewed in Pirate territory, and for the third straight year, the Pirates prevailed.

It was the second game of the 2012 season for both teams, with the Beavers coming off a week-one win and the Pirates recovering from a loss. For the first 12 minutes, veteran Pirate Head Coach Andrew King and first-year Beaver chief Steve Marbach had their respective defenses in prime form, as the teams played to a 0-0 first-quarter tie.

It did not take long in the second quarter for the Beavers to claim the first lead of the evening. Showing his championship poise, senior signal caller Cameron Soto methodically marched his team down the field. Then, with 9:15 left in the second quarter, Soto called his own number and weaved his way through Pirate defenders for a 9-yard touchdown run. A bobbled snap on the point-after attempt found junior Dean Gaskamp scrambling to avoid Pirate defenders until he found fellow junior Stephen Harlos for a 2-point conversion pass, giving the visitors an 8-0 lead. That lead would quickly be reduced as on the ensuing kickoff, senior Pirate Phillip Garza accepted the kick and followed his blockers until he was in the open field, and then easily raced away from everyone for an 81-yard touchdown return. An attempt to tie the game with a 2-point conversion failed, but the Beaver lead was trimmed to 8-6.

After having two apparent touchdowns called back on penalties, Falls City would again find the end zone with only 8 seconds left in the first half, as Soto dropped back and found senior running back Phillip Lyssy for a 32-yard pass and catch for the score. Senior Yoseph Cruz added the point-after kick, and the Beavers’ lead was extended to 15-6. It looked like the Beavers would go into halftime with momentum.

The Pirates, however, were not quite finished. Once again, the kickoff-re-turn team blocked perfectly, and this time junior Blake Lyssy accepted the kick and sprinted his way to a 66-yard touchdown return with no time remaining. Senior Zach Lyssy added the kick, and halftime found the Beavers clinging to a 15-13 lead.

The third quarter looked similar to the first as penal-ties and tenacious defense prevented either team from scoring the football.

The difference in the game turned out to be the difference in play calling. While star Pirate running back Garza only carried the ball five times in the first half, he ended the game with 19 carries for 97 yards and none more important than his last, when he blasted across the goal line from 1 yard out with 1:45 remaining in the contest. This time, the 2-point conversion attempt was successful as quarterback Lyssy found junior Kyler Felux on the pass and catch, giving the Pirates a 21-15 victory, and the ever-important bragging rights for one more year.

This week the Pirates will try to continue their winning ways as they travel to San Antonio to face the Cole Cougars. The Beavers will try to rebound as they host the Stockdale Brahmas in Falls City. Kickoff for both games is set for 7:30 p.m.

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