Beavers dominate Bulldogs for Region IV title
Players and coaches talk things over following Falls City’s impressive 55-0 win over La Pryor for the Region IV title.
Falls City 55
La Pryor 0
SAN ANTONIO -- With a 55-0 victory over the La Pryor Bulldogs last Friday night in the Region IV final, the Falls City Beaver football team has earned a return trip to the state semifinals.
La Pryor won the coin toss at Dub Farris Stadium Dec. 6, and elected to receive the ball to open the regional matchup. Falls City kicked with a stiff wind, and put the Bulldogs at their own 15-yard line to start things off. La Pryor ran its option game well and moved out to midfield, but soon found itself with a fourth-and-1, and a big decision to make. The Bulldogs elected to go for it rather than punt, but quarterback John Ray Gonzales and the La Pryor offense ran into a wall of Beaver defenders, coming up short.
The ball went over to Falls City on downs, and the Beavers wasted no time putting points on the board. Quarterback Dean Gaskamp had a big run on Falls City’s first play from scrimmage to put the ball at the Bulldog 37-yard line. Justin Twine then took it the rest of the way on the Beavers’ second offensive play from scrimmage, scoring his first of three touchdowns for the night with 5:32 to play in the first quarter. Twine then ran in the 2-point conversion, and the score was 8-0 in favor of Falls City.
The Bulldog offense started its second drive at its own 20, and managed just 7 yards before lining up for a punt. Caught by the stiff breeze, La Pryor’s kick didn’t go far, and Falls City took over first-and-10 at the Bulldog 27-yard line. Twine then ran the ball three straight times for Falls City, scoring his second touchdown of the night on a 4-yard scamper with 1:07 to play in the quarter. The 2-point conversion was no good, but the lead was 14-0 early in the game.
Things went about that same way throughout the night. La Pryor had the ball to start the second quarter, but eventually punted the ball, and looked on as the Beavers added 6 more points to the board by way of a 10-yard Gaskamp run. Gaskamp was stopped on the 2-point play, but the Beavers were in clear control as they led the Bulldogs 20-0 with 9:04 still left to play in the first half.
La Pryor drove down into Beaver territory and got about as far as the 30, but used a ton of clock and was once again forced into a fourth-down situation. The Bulldogs attempted a pass on fourth-and-5, but the ball fell to the ground, and the Beavers took over.
Falls City once again moved quickly on offense, and the team scored on a 17-yard passing play from Gaskamp to Stephen Harlos. Gaskamp then hit Austen Camber for the 2-point conversion, and the score was 28-0 with 1:09 to play in the half.
With time winding down, and knowing Falls City would get the ball to open the second half, La Pryor attempted a bit of trickery on its next possession. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the hook-and-lateral did not go off as planned, and the play resulted in a fumble and Falls City recovery. With 52 seconds still on the clock, the Beavers had more than enough time to score again, as Twine connected with David Brodsky for 34 yards and a touchdown. Connor Jendrusch added the extra point, and Falls City took a 35-0 lead into the break.
La Pryor attempted an onside kick to start the second half, but the Beavers recovered just inside Falls City territory. The Beavers attempted a pass that fell incomplete on first down, but then celebrated as Twine scampered 52 for another touchdown just 21 seconds into the second half. Add in the Jendrusch extra point, and the lead was 42-0.
Camber later scored on a 19-yard reception from Gaskamp with 10:04 to play in the fourth quarter, and Kendall Kanak ran in from a yard out with 2:12 remaining on the clock. When it was all said and done, the Beavers left San Antonio with a 55-0 victory and a Region IV title to their credit.
Twine led the offensive effort for Falls City with 173 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just 10 carries. He also completed a touchdown pass to Brodsky. Gaskamp ran seven times for 67 yards and a touchdown, and completed two of three passes for two more touchdowns. Camber, Bordsky, and Harlos each had one catch -- every catch good for a touchdown.
On the defensive side of things, Eric Wiatrek continued to lead his team, racking up 22 tackles, including 12 solos. Tyler Malcolm had 15 total tackles, and sophomore Mitch Lyssy was good for another 11. Camber intercepted a Bulldog pass while on defense, and Malcolm scooped up a La Pryor fumble.
The win not only keeps the Beavers unbeaten in 2013, but also keeps them in the hunt for another state title. At 13-0, Falls City will now prepare for a rematch of last year’s state semifinal with the Teneha Tigers. The game will be played this Friday, Dec. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Waco.