“It was tremendous, especially with sixteen seniors,” said Falls City head coach Steve Marbach. “They rose up great in some adverse situations.”
The lone score of the first quarter came with 8:48 on the clock as Justin Twine scored on an 8-yard run, though the failed two-point conversion left the score at 6-0.
From there, the Skyrockets scored 42 unanswered points from the second quarter to the fourth quarter. The Skyrockets’ scoring trend continued until 5:28 remained in the fourth quarter as Twine scored on another 8-yard run for the Beavers, though the failed conversion left the deficit at 42-12. Falls City scored the final touchdown of the game with 1:48 to play as Twine broke through the Wellington defense and scored on a 58-yard run. Dean Gaskamp connected with Stephen Harlos for the two-point conversion, but the deficit of 42-20 stood as time expired.
“Give credit to Wellington,” said Marbach. “It wasn’t a whole lot of us making mistakes. It was them being big and physical and making big plays.”
Statistically, the Beavers gained 271 yards of total offense, with 157 yards rushing over 31 carries and 114 yards passing over seven completions. By comparison, the Skyrockets gained 343 yards of total offense, with 269 yards rushing over 47 carries and 74 yards passing over nine completions. Penalties proved to be a non-factor throughout the game, as the Beavers committed only one five-yard penalty and the Skyrockets were called six times for 45 total yards.
“I’m not disappointed with anything our guys did,” said Marbach. “We expected a tough battle. We knew athlete-for-athlete we were very sound. When we were getting outplayed physically, we knew we were in trouble.”
Despite the loss, Marbach expressed pride in the Beavers.
“I was proud of the heart our guys showed,” said Marbach. “They never quit on the coaches or community, and that was hard to do. That gives me a lot of pride in these guys.”