The first half saw the Pirates establish an early tempo that would prove effective. On the opening drive of the game, Poth Junior running back Phillip Garza found a seam and took off for a 60-yard rushing touchdown with quarterback Braden Lyssy adding the extra point for an early 7-0 lead with 10:31 on the clock. The Pirates went a perfect 7 for 7 on all of their extra point attempts. Later in the 1st quarter, with 5:34 left, Lyssy would tuck the ball and score on a 17-yard run of his own to widen the lead to 14-0. Senior guard Hunter Dugi would take over extra point duties from that point onward. Scoring would not happen until 18 seconds left until halftime as the Beavers got their only touchdown of the evening on the legs of junior running back Phillip Lyssy, who capped a long drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. The ensuing extra point was no good, however, leaving the score at 14-6. On the following kickoff, Poth senior kick returner Zach Lyssy would receive the kick and take it all the way to the end zone from 80 yards out, giving the Pirates a 21-6 halftime lead.
The second half saw the Pirates shut down the Beavers’ offense and put the game out of reach. At the 6:45 mark, Garza would get his second and final score of the night on a 31-yard run. On the ensuing Falls City possession Braden Lyssy, who also plays linebacker, ripped the ball out of the Beavers’ grasp and took it 44 yards to the end zone for the game’s only defensive score with 6:19 on the clock. The 3rd quarter’s last score came at 3:15 to go as Lyssy would connect with senior wide receiver Trey Broyles on a 27-yard pass. The 4th quarter’s lone score came as soon as the quarter began as, with 11:56 left in the game, Lyssy would score his final touchdown of the night on an 11-yard run. The Pirates and Beavers traded possessions as time expired and the Pirates claimed victory over the Beavers for the second consecutive year.
Statistically, Poth would end the game with 343 yards of total offense, with 217 on the ground and 126 through the air. Falls City, by comparison, gathered 209 yards of total offense, with 140 rushing and 69 passing. Penalty flags were thrown and plays were called back many times during the course of the game, as Poth was flagged 9 times for 90 yards and Falls City was penalized 10 times for 75 yards.
This week, the Beavers will travel to the northwest side of San Antonio to play the TMI Panthers. In last year’s meeting in Falls City, the Beavers defeated the Panthers 48-0. Kickoff at TMI is set for Friday, September 9th at 7:30 PM.