“I was proud of the guys,” said Falls City head coach Steve Marbach. “Give Runge credit, they had a good game plan and executed really well. In the first half, our kids tried to make plays outside of their responsibilities. At halftime, we cleaned things up.”
The Beavers drew first blood in the contest as, 10:04 to go in the first quarter, Dean Gaskamp scored on the ground. Austen Camber ran in the two-point conversion to give the Beavers the early 8-0 lead. The Beavers got another score at the 3:19 mark of the first quarter as Joseph Swierc scored on a running play. Gaskamp threw to Camber for the two-point conversion to put the Beavers’ lead at 16-0 after a quarter of play.
The Beavers’ lone score of the second quarter came just 22 seconds into it as David Brodsky passed to Justin Twine for Falls City’s lone passing touchdown of the game. Conner Jendrusch kicked the extra point to put the Beavers’ lead at 23-0. The Yellow Jackets responded with 2:32 on the clock as Jeric Esparza punched it in, making Runge the only team in the district to score against Falls City’s defense. Steven Salas ran in the two-point conversion to cut Falls City’s lead to 23-8. After recovering the ensuing kickoff, the Yellow Jackets put six more points on the board as, with 36 seconds remaining in the first half, Esparza connected with Kevin Torres for the touchdown. The ensuing two-point conversion run failed, leaving the halftime score still in Falls City’s favor at 23-14.
After the opening kickoff of the second half, there was a lengthy pause in the action as Falls City’s Jacob Pruski was injured and had to be taken off the field by first responders present at the game.
“It was a dislocated ankle,” said Marbach. “I suffered a similar injury five years ago. Hopefully he won’t need surgery.”
Both teams resumed play afterward.
The Beavers scored twice in the third and fourth quarters each. The first score of the third quarter came at the 4:53 mark as Twine scored on a lengthy running play. Jendrusch’s PAT extended Falls City’s lead to 30-14. The Beavers scored once more as time expired in the third quarter as Gaskamp ran it in. Jendrusch’s extra point put the Beavers’ lead at 37-14 going into the fourth quarter. The first score of the fourth quarter came at the 8:03 mark as Twine scored his second rushing touchdown of the contest. The extra point was no good, leaving the score at 43-14. The final touchdown of the game came with 37 seconds left to play as Zach Jimerson scored a rushing touchdown of his own, with Jendrusch’s PAT putting the final tally at 50-14 in favor of Falls City.
“I felt like, early on, it took us a couple of series of offense to figure it out,” said Runge head coach Matt Wright. “I was not happy with the way we tackled. All we can do is get better each week. When you give Falls City a chance to get after you, they will. Our kids didn’t quit, but it kind of put us behind the eight ball.”
Statistically, the Beavers gained 400 yards of total offense, with 314 yards rushing over 21 carries and 86 yards passing over three completions. The Beavers were penalized four times for 30 total yards.
Statistics for the Yellow Jackets were unavailable at press time.
“We can improve in some areas,” said Wright.
This week, the Beavers will have a Bye in the Bi-District round of the playoffs. They will face the winner of the Charlotte-D’Hanis game in the Area round.
“One thing I have to do is find a site that D’Hanis or Charlotte will agree to,” said Marbach. “There are some things we need to get better at this week. It’s kind of an advantage and a disadvantage to play a team we have played before.”
Information on Falls City’s Area round matchup will be posted on www.mysoutex.com as it becomes available.
As for the Yellow Jackets, they will take on the Milano Eagles in the Bi-District round. The game will take place in Dripping Springs and Runge is the designated Visiting team for the contest.
“I’ve seen a little bit on Milano so far,” said Wright. “Their offense revolves around their quarterback. He’s able to make plays with his arms and his legs. We can’t allow him to scramble and make big plays.”
Kickoff in Dripping Springs is set for Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.