“That was the best our defense played this year” said Falls City head coach Steve Marbach. “They were cranked up, excited to play and executed the game plan. Everybody stepped up.”
The Beavers forced two fumbles in the first quarter that led to two scores. The first one came at the 4:57 mark as Austen Camber punched it in on a 1-yard run, though the failed conversion attempt left the score at 6-0. The second one came with 1:19 on the clock as Dean Gaskamp passed to David Brodsky for a 28-yard touchdown pitch and catch. The missed conversion left Falls City’s lead at 12-0 after a quarter of play.
The Beavers scored thrice in the second quarter. The first of these came just 12 seconds into the quarter as Kendall Kanak scored on a 14-yard run, with Gaskamp running in the two-point conversion to extend the lead to 20-0. The second score of the second quarter came at the 5:24 mark as Gaskamp scored on a 12-yard run of his own, but the conversion attempt failed, which left the Beavers’ lead at 26-0. With eight seconds left until halftime, Gaskamp connected with Stephen Harlos on an 8-yard passing touchdown. The kick failed, leaving the Beavers’ halftime lead at a commanding 32-0.
The third quarter’s lone score came not from the offense but from the defense. Gaskamp intercepted a Woodsboro pass and took it 70 yards to the house for a pick six. The failed conversion left Falls City’s lead at 38-0 going into the fourth quarter.
The Beavers scored twice more in the fourth quarter to end the contest. The first of these came at the 10:40 mark as Zach Jimerson connected with Camber for a 6-yard passing touchdown. The extra point by Conner Jendrusch sailed through the uprights to extend the lead to 45-0. The final score of the game came with 1:49 to go as Zach Jimerson scored on a 34-yard run of his own, with Jendrusch’s PAT putting the final tally at 52-0.
Statistically, the Beavers gained 373 yards of total offense, with 235 yards rushing over 32 carries and 138 yards passing over nine completions. By comparison, the Eagles were held to 143 yards of total offense, with 70 yards rushing over 28 carries and 73 yards passing over nine completions. Penalty wise, the Beavers were called 9 times for 70 total yards and the Eagles were flagged twice for 10 total yards. Falls City’s defense recovered four Woodsboro fumbles and had two interceptions, one of which was Gaskamp’s pick six.
“It was an all-around effort,” said Marbach. “Everybody knew they had to raise their game up, considering the quality of opponent.”
This week, the Beavers will have their last home game of the season as the Louise Hornets come into town for Parents’ Night at Beaver Stadium.
“It still is really all about us and getting better,” said Marbach. “The big thing is getting better and playing one more game than we did last year. There are some really good teams out that we’re going to have to play like we just did in order to beat them.”
Kickoff in Falls City is set for Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m.