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2018-12-05 / Sports and Youth

Beavers romp Eagles in Regional Semifinal

By Mike Mzyk
WCN Correspondent


Falls City senior Corey Dziuk gets the 2-point conversion en route to a Regional Semifinal victory. Falls City takes on Burton in the Alamodome this Thursday for the Regional championship. CORINNE SEKULA/Contributor Falls City senior Corey Dziuk gets the 2-point conversion en route to a Regional Semifinal victory. Falls City takes on Burton in the Alamodome this Thursday for the Regional championship. CORINNE SEKULA/Contributor Falls City......50

Woodsboro...0

Thirteen down and three to go — this is the Falls City Beaver mantra, after crushing the undefeated Woodsboro Eagles, 50-0, Nov. 30 in Regional Semifinal action in Beeville.

Corey Dziuk began the Beaver onslaught by picking off an Eagle pass, and four plays later Keyshawn Johnson busted loose for a 55-yard run on a designed quarterback keeper to draw first blood. The 2-point conversion was good, and Falls City was leading, 8-0.


Senior Beaver Kevin Bronder (3) stops a Woodsboro Eagle ball carrier in his tracks. CORINE SEKULA/ Contributor Senior Beaver Kevin Bronder (3) stops a Woodsboro Eagle ball carrier in his tracks. CORINE SEKULA/ Contributor On the next exchange, the Beaver defense forced a punt after a Woodsboro three and out, but a fumble recovery put the Eagles right back in business at the Falls City 45-yard line.

Undaunted, the Beaver defense returned the favor just two plays later when Brady Lyssy came on a blitz, slapped the rock out of the Woodsboro quarterback’s hands, picked it up, and raced 56 yards for a touchdown. Johnson walked in for the 2-point conversion and the Beavers led, 16-0.

After the Beaver defense imposed another three and out, Johnson scarfed up another score to make the tally 22-0.

Later in the game, the Beaver Nation collectively held its breath after Lyssy went down with an injury, but eventually he got up and walked off under his own power. After the game, Falls City Head Coach Britt Hart said this was purely precautionary and emphasized Lyssy would be ready for this week’s game.


Beaver offensive linemen clear the way for junior Brady Lyssy (7) against Woodsboro. CORINE SEKULA/ Contributor Beaver offensive linemen clear the way for junior Brady Lyssy (7) against Woodsboro. CORINE SEKULA/ Contributor On the next play, Johnson threw into a crowd but Dziuk made one of his patented leaping catches, setting the Beavers up with a first-and-goal on the Eagle 13-yard line. Two plays later, Johnson scored on a quarterback keeper and, following the 2-point conversion, Falls City took a 30-0 lead into the locker room at the half.

With Lyssy out, Corey Dziuk and freshman Grant Jendrusch were tasked to carry his load, which they did quite well. Dziuk had a 5-yard scoring run. The conversion failed and the Beavers held a commanding 36-0 lead.

Not content, Falls City executed a perfect onside kick to take over the ball on the Woodsboro 45-yard line. Following a touchdown run by Johnson, which was called back for holding, the senior quarterback hit Carson Dziuk for a 17-yard scoring strike to go up 42-0.

Heavy pressure on the next series caused the Eagle quarterback to hurry a throw, which was intercepted by Corey Dziuk and returned 22 yards. A few plays later, Johnson hit Kevin Bronder for a 5-yard score. Grant Jendrusch added the 2-point conversion, and the Beavers closed out the scoring late in the third with a 50-0 lead, as the junior varsity played most of the fourth quarter.

Offensively, Johnson led the way with 161 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 21 carries, while passing for 126 yards and two scores on 10 of 14 completions, totaling 287 yards.

Although Lyssy only played a quarter and a half, he racked up 136 yards on 8 carries, as well as scoring on the aforementioned fumble recovery. Corey Dziuk had eight carries for 65 yards while hauling in four passes for 54, and Jendrusch had seven carries for 34. Carson Dziuk had two receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown, while Bronder had three catches for 24 yards and a score.

Jendrusch led the way with eight total tackles, followed by Cody Arrisola with seven and Kevin Jendrusch with six.

This Thursday, the Beavers (13- 0, 5-0) claim the Alamodome as their home, where they will take on long-time playoff rival Burton for the Regional championship. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

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