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Beavers dominate in Falls City, shut out Stockdale Brahmas
A Beaver defender takes down a Stockdale ball carrier during Falls City’s 38-0 win over the Brahmas. (TOMMY COOPER/www.tommycooperphotography.com)
Falls City 38
FALLS CITY -- Just one week after falling to Poth in one of the year’s biggest rival games, the Falls City Beavers had to do it again, this time at home, against the Stockdale Brahmas. Stockdale was unbeaten on the year and the Beavers knew they would have their hands full, but Falls City made quick work of the visiting team, sending the Brahmas home with a 38-0 loss.
Stockdale won the opening coin toss, but defferred to the second half. Falls City took the opening kickoff, and Austen Camber had a huge return, taking the ball all the way down to the Stockdale 29-yard line. The Brahma defense came up with a couple of stops against the run on first and second down, but the Beavers went to the air on third down, and picked up a first at the Stockdale 19. The Beavers later went to the air on a fourth-down play from the Stockdale 12-yard line, but Dusty Mosier ended the drive, picking off a Cameron Soto pass and giving the ball to the Stockdale offense deep in its own territory.
The Brahmas were unable to move the ball out past the 20, and were forced to punt from just outside their own end zone. The Beavers took over near the Stockdale 40-yard line, and they wasted little time moving the ball. The Beavers’ versatile offense used a healthy mix of run and pass plays, and Falls City found itself on the doorstep with a first-and-goal from the 1-foot line. Soto carried the ball in for Falls City, and the Beavers had an early 6-0 lead at the 3:49-mark of the first quarter. The point-after kick was blocked.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Brahmas lined up in hopes of a big runback, but were seemingly caught off guard, as the Beavers executed an onside kick to perfection, and recovered the ball at midfield.
The Beavers used their passing game well again, and steadily marched toward the end zone. Falls City also showed its ability to convert on fourth-down situations, and kept its drive alive deep in Stockdale territory. After flipping sides to start the second quarter, the Beavers needed just two more plays before Soto connected with Cody Houdmann on a perfect slant route for 6 more points. Stockdale stopped the 2-point conversion attempt, but the Beavers led 12-0 with 11 minutes to play before halftime.
The Beavers attempted another onside kick, but the Brahmas recovered and started their drive at the Falls City 49. After a pair of running plays that went nowhere, Stockdale went to the air on third down, only to have the ball picked off by Camber, who then returned the ball to the 8-yard line before being brought down. Falls City needed just two plays to score from there, as Soto connected with Royce Leonhardt for the Beavers’ third touchdown of the game. The point-after woes continued for Falls City, but the Beavers were clearly in control of the game with an 18-0 lead and nearly nine minutes still remaining in the half.
Falls City persisted with the short and onside kicks throughout the night, though Stockdale managed to recover them all. Unfortunately for the Brahmas, their offense could do little with the ball, despite starting every drive from midfield. Stockdale had a number of three-and-out series, though the Brahmas did move the ball well at times.
Falls City, meanwhile, continued to pack on the points. Soto led his offense with his arm and his feet, and kept the Brahma defense guessing throughout the evening. Kendall Kanak had a big run for the Beavers down to the Stockdale 2-yard line, and Phillip Lyssy punched it into the end zone three plays later on a 1-yard run, making the score 24-0.
The Brahmas had their best drive of the game on the ensuing kickoff after starting at their own 39. When it appeared as though Stockdale was going to go three-and-out, a fake punt yielded the team a first down. The Brahmas drove to the Beaver 35, and then a pass from Hunter Pierdolla to Josh Vela put Stockdale at the 20-yard line with a new set of downs. Another first-down play put the Brahmas on the 7-yard line, but that was as close as they would get. Time expired on the half, and Falls City took a 24-0 lead into the locker room.
Fortunately for Falls City, though not so for Stockdale, the second half looked just as the first. Stockdale continued to struggle on offense and Falls City continued to score. The first touchdown of the second half came on a Soto run of 15 yards around the right side. Yoseph Cruz kicked the extra point to make it 31-0.
The final score of the game came on a Stockdale miscue as a bad snap on a punting attempt led to Falls City taking over possession at the Stockdale 15-yard line. Five plays later, Jon Swierc ran in for a touchdown from 1 yard out. Cruz added the point-after, and all of Falls City celebrated a 38-0 lead in the third, a score that would prove final.
While the Brahmas managed just 130 yards of total offense, the Beavers tallied 311 yards, earning 192 yards through the air. Soto completed 15 of 24 passing attempts for all 192 yards and two touchdowns. Soto was also the Beavers’ leading rusher with 38 yards, followed by Kanak with 35, Dean Gaskamp with 30, and Lyssy with 13. Swierc ran for 2 yards and Stephen Harlos had one carry for 1 yard.
Tyler Moore led the Beaver receiving game with three catches for 76 yards. Lyssy had four grabs for 38 yards, Harlos caught three passes for 37 yards, and Gaskamp had 21 yards on two receptions. Leonhardt, Houdmann, and Luke Jimerson also had receptions in the game.
Matt Valadez ran 20 times for the Brahmas to pick up 84 yards. Mosier had 8 yards, Darion McMahan ran for 6 yards, and Deryk Mayberry had one carry for 4 yards. Jacob Urrabazo had one catch for 16 yards, Vela had a grab for 15 yards, and Valadez pulled one down for 4 yards.
With the win, the Beavers improve to 2-1 on the season. The Brahmas fall to 2-1 as well. Stockdale will have a bye this Friday, and will open district play Friday, Sept. 28, against Dilley. It will be the Brahmas’ Homecoming game.
As for Falls City, the Beavers will be back in action and back at home this Friday, Sept. 21, as the D’Hanis Cowboys roll into town. It will be the Beavers’ Homecoming game, and kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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