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Beavers contain Brahmas, remain perfect on the year
Falls City quarterback Dean Gaskamp attempts to escape a sea of purple jerseys during the Beavers’ 16-8 win over the Stockdale Brahmas.
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STOCKDALE -- In another great local rivalry game, the Falls City Beavers traveled over to Stockdale to take on the Brahmas. The game was fairly tight throughout, but in the end, it was Falls City earning a 16-8 win to remain unbeaten on the year.
Stockdale received the opening kickoff of the game, but physical play from the Beaver defense forced a three-and-out. Austen Camber fielded the punt and returned it to midfield, but a blocking penalty backed up the Beavers to their own 30.
Falls City didn’t need long to get back out to midfield, however, as Justin Twine took a pitch on first down across midfield and into Brahma territory. The Stockdale defense stiffened up, though, and a good shot on Falls City quarterback Dean Gaskamp put the ball on the carpet. The Brahmas fell on the ball, and took over at the Falls City 43-yard line.
The Brahmas moved forward and picked up a first down at the Beaver 32, but quickly stalled out. The Beaver defense forced Stockdale into a fourth-and-3 situation, and the Brahmas elected to go for it. The Beaver defense returned the favor from the possession before, and forced a Stockdale fumble that Falls City recovered. The Beavers took over at their own 28.
The Brahma defense made a good stand against Falls City on the ensuing drive, but on a third-and-28 from their own 22-yard line, the Brahmas were flagged with a pass interference call. The penalty gave the Beavers a first down at their own 37. Senior David Brodsky then got a big run for Falls City out across midfield, and the first quarter came to an end.
The Beavers kept the ball moving to start the second quarter and Falls City got big runs from Twine and Gaskamp. Falls City then went to the air, and Gaskamp connected with Stephen Harlos for the touchdown. Twine ran in the 2-point conversion, and the Beavers led 8-0 with 10:33 to play in the half.
Stockdale began its next offensive drive at its own 28, but picked up minimal yardage out to the 43 before having to punt the ball away. The Beavers started the ensuing drive on their own 33, and wasted little time on the drive before scoring on a 67-yard passing play from Gaskamp to Brodsky. Gaskamp then ran in on a quarterback keeper for another 2-point conversion, and Falls City led 16-0 with 4:56 to play in the first half.
Led by senior running back Matt Valadez, the Brahmas put together a great drive in the closing minutes of the first half. Stockdale drove down to the Beaver 30, and a solid first-down run from Valadez put the Brahmas on the 24-yard line. Falls City stepped things up on defense, and forced Stockdale into a fourth-and-short situation. The Brahmas went for it, but failed to get the yardage, and fumbled the ball on the play. The Beavers made the recovery, and took over on their own 27. Falls City took over with only 58 seconds on the clock, but made a good push into Stockdale territory. The Beavers took a shot at the end zone as time expired, but failed to score, leaving it 16-0 at halftime.
The battle continued in the second half. A couple of punts and a great Stockdale defensive stand gave the offense wonderful field position, but the Brahmas were unable to get in in the third. At one point Stockdale had first-and-goal but was held on four straight plays, allowing the Beavers to take over at their own 2-yard line. Stockdale played great defense again, and the Beavers were forced to punt, giving the Brahmas a short field with which to work.
The teams ended up trading punts, but the ball remained in Beaver territory regardless of who appeared to have possession. Then, with 2:30 to play in the game, the Brahmas punched it over the goal line with a 6-yard run from Valadez. Jacob Cardenas ran in the 2-point conversion, and the score was 16-8. The Brahmas were right back in the game, but time was not on their side.
Stockdale lined up for the onside kick, but the ball went out of bounds and Falls City took over at its own 45. The Beavers were able to work the clock, and eventually sealed the win by the final score of 16-8.
The Brahmas kept things on the ground throughout the night, running the ball 48 times for a total of 210 yards. Stockdale completed just one pass on the night. It was good for 4 yards to Gage Haley. Valadez handled the bulk of the work with 41 carries for 191 yards.
Falls City spread the wealth a bit more. The Beavers ran for 155 yards on the night, while throwing for 123. Gaskamp led the ground game with 14 carries for 76 yards, followed by Twine with five carries for another 25. Joseph Swierc ran for 20 yards, while Kendall Kanak and David Brodsky were each good for 16.
Gaskamp completed 6 of 10 passing attempts for 115 yards, while Zach Jimerson was good on one of three passing attempts for 8 yards. Brodsky was the leading receiver on the night with two grabs for 70 yards and a touchdown, while Harlos had two catches for 24 paces and the score. Twine caught a pass for 14 yards, Cody Houdmann caught one for 8 steps, and Camber pulled one down for 7 yards.
While the loss drops Stockdale to 1-2 on the year, the Beavers remain unbeaten at 3-0.
Stockdale will enjoy a bye this week, but will be back in action Friday, Sept. 27, as the Brahmas travel to Dilley to take on the 1-2 Wolves. Falls City will travel to D’Hanis this Saturday, Sept. 21. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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