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Beavers blank Cowboys for second time this year
Falls City linebacker Eric Wiatrek makes the tackle on the D’Hanis quarterback during the Area Championship last Friday night. Falls City held the Cowboys scoreless en route to a 53-0 victory.
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SAN ANTONIO -- The weather outside may have been cold, but that didn’t stop the Falls City Beavers from heating things up on the field last Friday night. Falls City took on D’Hanis in the Area Championship, and handed the Cowboys yet another shutout.
The two teams met earlier this season for a non-district game. Just as they did this time, the Beavers dominated the Cowboys in D’Hanis and skipped town with a 52-0 win. Last Friday, it was just another verse of the same song, as Falls City thrashed D’Hanis to the tune of a 53-0 shutout.
The Beavers got rolling in what was only a matter of seconds, as quarterback Dean Gaskamp took the ball from his own 27-yard line and raced 73 yards for a touchdown. Justin Twine then ran in the 2-point conversion, and Falls City held an 8-0 lead 23 seconds into the game.
D’Hanis didn’t have any luck on its first drive of the night, and Falls City took over with about nine minutes still left to play in the first. Twine got the ball from the Beaver 15-yard line and outran the D’Hanis defense for 85 yards and the second Beaver touchdown of the night. Gaskamp ran in the 2-point conversion, and Falls City led 16-0 with 8:55 left on the first-quarter clock.
Things settled down a bit from there, but that didn’t mean Falls City was done scoring in the quarter. The Beavers drove down into Cowboy territory and then rang up 6 more points as Gaskamp ran over the defense and the goal line for a 5-yard touchdown. The conversion attempt was no good, but the lead was 22-0, and Beaver Nation was feeling pretty good about the game.
The Beavers added one more first-half touchdown in the second quarter, as Gaskamp connected with Austen Camber for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Connor Jendrusch came on for the extra point, and the lead was 29-0 at the break.
Things appeared to be well in hand for the Beavers in the second half, but as most would do in the same situation, Head Coach Steve Marbach kept his foot on the gas a bit longer. Many of the starters remained in the game to start the second half, and Falls City scored touchdown No. 5 as Gaskamp connected with Twine from 32 yards out. Jendrusch booted the extra point to make it a 36-0 contest, and things were all but over.
Falls City may have made a number of player substitutions after that, but the talent pool runs deep in Falls City, and the points continued to add up. Zach Jimerson got some more playing time at quarterback and he hooked up with Cody Houdmann for 62 yards and a touchdown. Jendrusch knocked it through the uprights, and the lead was 43-0 with 7:25 to play in the third.
Three minutes later, the Beavers added 6 more points to the board as Joseph Swierc rumbled 34 yards for a touchdown. Add in another Jendrusch kick, and the score was 50-0 with 4:38 to play in the third.
One final score came with 2:05 to play in the third as Jendrusch kicked a 23-yard field goal. The score was 53-0 in the third, and it would remain as such throughout the fourth quarter.
While the Beavers’ 522 yards of total offense, seven touchdowns, and field goal made for an impressive score, the Beaver defense was equally as impressive. Falls City held D’Hanis to just 53 total yards. The Beavers all but completely shut down the Cowboy running game, as D’Hanis managed just 33 yards on 29 carries. They completed three passes for 20 more yards. D’Hanis also lost two fumbles to the Beaver defense.
Offensively, Gaskamp led the Beaver ground game with 145 yards on eight carries. He also completed three passes for 62 yards and a touchdown. Jimerson completed two passes for 69 yards and a touchdown, and Twine completed one pass for 14 yards. Camber had two catches for 30 yards and a touchdown, Twine had the 32-yard touchdown catch, and Houdmann had the one catch for 62 yards and 6 points.
With the win, the Beavers remain unbeaten at 11-0, and add an Area Championship to the list of this year’s accolades. Falls City will now advance to the regional semifinals where it will face Milano this Friday, Nov. 29. The game will be played at Buda Hays. Kickoff will be early, and is set for 2 p.m.
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