Neither team had scored throughout the first quarter, though that changed in the second quarter. With 9:15 on the clock, Sr. QB Cameron Soto led the Beavers to the end zone with an 8-yard touchdown run and Jr. WR Dean Gaskamp passed to fellow Jr. WR Stephen Harlos on a fake extra point for the 2-point conversion to go up 8-0. On the ensuing kickoff, however, the Pirates struck back as Sr. RB Phillip Garza scored on a 61-yard kickoff return though the failed 2-point conversion left the score at 8-6 in favor of Falls City. Just before the half, with nine seconds left, the Beavers found the end zone again as Soto connected with Sr. RB Phillip Lyssy on a 32-yard pass and Sr. lineman Yoseph Cruz kicked the PAT to give the Beavers a 15-6 lead. The Pirates, once more, had other plans as Jr. RB Blake Lyssy returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards for the score as time expired in the first half. The extra point by Sr. QB Zach Lyssy cut the Beavers’ lead to 15-13 at the half. The second half was mostly a scoreless affair that saw both teams exchange the ball and momentum until 1:45 left in the fourth quarter. That was when the Pirates scored the final score of the game as Garza punched it in on a 1-yard touchdown run and QB Lyssy threw to Jr. TE Kyler Felux for the 2-point conversion to put the final score at 21-15.
Statistically, the Beavers gained 206 yards of total offense with 51 yards rushing over 26 carries and 155 yards passing over 13 completions. The Pirates, by comparison, gained 203 yards of total offense with 184 yards rushing over 47 carries and 19 yards passing over two completions. Penalties were abundant throughout the contest as the Beavers were flagged nine times for 95 total yards and the Pirates were flagged eight times for 70 total yards. Despite it all, Marbach remained confident in his team. “There’s not a lot to change,” said Marbach. “For the most part, I don’t think there’s much to correct. We shot ourselves in the foot by not doing our assignments on special teams. We got a lot more to worry about on special teams.”
This week the Beavers will host the Stockdale Brahmas in the home opener at Beaver Stadium. “We got tough kids,” said Marbach. “They’re ready for Stockdale. Stockdale’s got elusive backs. The little things we didn’t take care of last week we’ve got to take care of this week. It should be a good one.” Kickoff in Falls City is set for Friday, September 14 at 7:30 p.m.