“It was a great accomplishment,” said Falls City head coach Steve Marbach. “It was a good win. We’ve done a lot better on extra points.”
The loss gives Runge sole possession of second place in the district.
“We’re very proud of our kids,” said Runge head coach Ken Wallace. “We’re not going to let one district game judge our season so far. For the most part, it was a good learning experience for us.”
The Beavers got it started early as Cameron Soto scored on a running play with 10:45 to go in the first quarter after Runge fumbled the opening kickoff. The PAT by Cody Jendrusch put the score at 7-0. Later in the quarter, at the 3:45 mark, Jon Swierc scored on the ground, though the missed extra point left the score at 13-0 to end the first quarter.
The Beavers scored four times in the second quarter. The first came with 8:40 on the clock as Cody Jendrusch bulldozed through the Runge on a running play, his only attempt in the game. The second came at the 7:20 mark as Soto scampered his way into the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the contest, with Jendrusch kicking the PAT. The third came with 1:17 on the clock as Soto found the end zone for his third rushing touchdown, and Jendrusch’s kick aiming true. The fourth score of the second quarter came with ten seconds left until halftime as Soto connected with Dean Gaskamp on a passing play, with Jendrusch’s kick putting the lead at 40-0 at halftime for the Beavers.
The lone score of the second half came with 11:54 left in the fourth quarter as Soto connected with Stephen Harlos in the corner of the end zone. Despite the missed extra point, the Falls City lead of 46-0 stood as time expired.
“They got it going good,” said Marbach. “They did a good job against Runge’s offense.”
This week, the Beavers will have a “Bye” in the bi-district round of the Class 1A Division II playoffs. The Beavers will face the winner of the Sabinal vs. Charlotte game in the area round.
“First thing is, we’ll rest and hopefully get healthy,” said Marbach. “It’ll help to get them closer to 100 percent. With no game this week, we’ll treat it like our last bye week right before district.”
Information on the Beavers’ area contest will be posted on www.mysoutex.com as soon as it becomes available.
The Yellow Jackets, with the loss, earned the second spot in district and will face the Granger Lions at Canyon Lake High School in Fischer in the bi-district round of the Class 1A Division II playoffs. Runge is the designated home team in the contest.
“They’re a running team that gives a lot of looks and has a couple of weapons,” said Wallace about Granger. “They haven’t been great stopping the run, so that’s a positive for us.”
Kickoff in Fischer is set for Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.