This encounter on Friday night, however, was a close game early on, though the Beavers proved once again why they are a forced to be reckoned with.
With their option offense and resilient defense coming through, the Beavers defeated the Badgers for the second time this season by the score of 47-19 to advance to the Class A Division II State Quarterfinals for the fourth consecutive season.
Falls City head coach Mark Kirchhoff was unavailable for comment as of press time.
In the first half, the Badgers proved to be just as resistant as the Beavers have been all season.
Falls City drew first blood in the contest with 7:03 left in the first quarter as junior running back Phillip Lyssy received the handoff and punched it in for a 4-yard rushing touchdown, with senior Scott Lyssy kicking the extra point to make it 7-0.
The Badgers countered with 1:45 on the clock as junior quarterback Oliver Chapa pulled a reversal on a 58-yard run for the score, though the missed extra point left the Beavers with the 7-6 edge.
On the Beavers ensuing possession, with 14 seconds to go, junior quarterback Cameron Soto found a seam and scored on a 13-yard run, though the missed extra point put the score at 13-6 after one quarter of play. Soto scored again for the Beavers with 5:14 on the clock in the second quarter on a 2-yard run with Lyssy’s kick extending the lead to 20-6.
On the Badgers’ next possession, however, Chapa connected with sophomore J.J. Lopez on a touchdown pass though the failed two-point conversion left the score at 20-12 as halftime came and both teams took to their locker rooms.
In the second half, the Beavers outscored the Badgers 27 to 7 to secure the victory.
With 7:02 to go in the third quarter, junior fullback Cody Jendrusch bulldozed his way from 3 yards out for the touchdown, with Lyssy’s extra point extending the lead to 27-12.
The Badgers’ final score of the game came at the 1:48 mark of the third quarter as senior running back Randy Castillo capped off a Bruni drive with a 2-yard run, with the extra point cutting the lead down to 27-19 after three quarters of action.
In the fourth quarter, the Beavers scored 20 unanswered points to pull away.
Just 7 seconds into the quarter, Soto connected with sophomore quarterback Dean Gaskamp from 11 yards out for the passing score, though the extra point missed the mark. Later in the fourth, at the 7:19 mark, senior running back Tyler Wiatrek, who made big plays for the Beavers throughout the contest, broke free on a 41-yard touchdown run, followed by Lyssy’s PAT.
The Beavers’ final score of the game came with 3:44 left to play as junior running back Jon Swierc scored on a 28-yard run, with Lyssy’s PAT putting the final tally at 47-19 as time expired.
Statistically, the Beavers finished the game with 493 yards of total offense, with 346 rushing over 41 attempts and 147 passing over 12 attempts.
The Badgers, on the other hand, gained 226 yards of total offense, with 171 rushing over 42 attempts and 55 passing over 5 attempts.
Penalty-wise, the Beavers were called 8 times for 60 total yards and the Badgers were called thrice for 35 total yards.
This week, the Beavers, like they did in 2010, will face the Burton Panthers in the Class A Division II Quarterfinals.
This time the game will take place at Bob Shelton Stadium on the campus of Hays Consolidated High School in Buda.
Falls City will be the designated Home team. Kickoff in Buda is set for Friday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.