In the end though, one team stood out as the Beavers showed their strength en route to winning the game by the score of 56-0.
“It puts us in a real good position with three weeks left in district play,” said Falls City head coach Mark Kirchhoff. “To be sitting with three wins is huge. It was a big road win for us.”
The first quarter alone has four scores for the Beavers. It started with 10:16 left in the first quarter as junior running back Jon Swierc bounced his way into the end zone for a 56-yard rushing touchdown, with senior Scott Lyssy making the extra point.
Lyssy was a perfect 8 for 8 on extra point attempts for the ball game.
After forcing the Yellow Jackets to punt, the Beavers continued their assault as junior quarterback Cameron Soto connected with senior running back Tyler Wiatrek on a 76-yard touchdown pass with 7:54 to go.
On the next Beavers possession, with 5:45 left, Wiatrek weaved his way through the Runge defense for a 64-yard touchdown run.
The first quarter’s last score came with 16 seconds to go as Soto scored on a 20-yard scamper of his own, putting the score at 28-0 after a quarter of play.
Before the ensuing PAT, however, there was a long period of silence that fell upon the stadium as Runge sophomore Ryan Saucedo was injured on the play.
He was taken off the field by first responders present at the game.
“I got to him immediately,” said Runge head coach Ken Wallace. “He was awake and conscious. I knew he was going to be okay.”
In the second quarter, the rout continued as Soto punched it in from the 1-yard line with 8:12 to go.
Later in the quarter, with 4:55 on the clock, junior running back Phillip Lyssy scored on a 17-yard run.
The first half’s final score came with 1:19 to go as Soto and Wiatrek hooked up again, this time from 11 yards away, to put the score at 49-0 at halftime.
The second half’s lone score came with 10:17 left in the third quarter as sophomore quarterback Dean Gaskamp scored on a 12-yard run.
The remainder of the game saw the Beavers’ younger players take the field to melt the clock.
At the end of the game, the Beavers gained 698 yards of total offense, with 463 rushing and 235 passing.
The Yellow Jackets, by comparison, gained 108 yards of total offense, with all but 3 of them coming from their running game.
In terms of penalties, only the Beavers were penalized in the contest with 13 penalties for 80 total yards.
“It was a good outing for us in the first half,” said Kirchhoff. “It was just big for us. I think it’s still a project and we’re hoping to get better. Hopefully we can continue to do that.”
This week, both teams will face two different teams with the nickname of Eagles as the Yellow Jackets will travel to Woodsboro and the Beavers will host Benavides.
“Right now, Woodsboro has talent, said Wallace. “We’re gonna do what we do and shuffle some kids around. Benavides lost a tough one to Bruni with some turnovers and problems,” said Kirchhoff. “We look for a tough ball game this week. Hopefully we can improve this week and offensively put up some numbers.”
Kickoff for both games is set for Friday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m.