“We were extremely impressed with Jourdanton,” said Falls City head coach Steve Marbach. “We knew they were going to be tough and they were physical. It was a tough, hard fought game. We had injury issues going in and guys playing in spots they hadn’t played before just to fill holes.”
The Indians got on the board first with 9:59 on the clock in the first quarter to gain the early 7-0 lead. The Indians went 4-for-4 on their extra point attempts in the game. The Beavers countered at the 7:27 mark on a run by Justin Twine, his first of four rushing touchdowns in the contest. Dean Gaskamp connected with Twine on the 2-point conversion to give the Beavers an 8-7 lead. With just 35 seconds to play in the first quarter, Gaskamp connected with Twine for the Beavers’ only passing score of the game, though the failed 2-point conversion left the score at 14-7 in favor of Falls City after one quarter of play.
Both the Beavers and Indians scored once in the second quarter. The Indians tied the game at 14-14 at the 7:13 mark, and the Beavers countered just 14 seconds later with Twine’s second rushing touchdown of the contest. Though the ensuing two point conversion failed, the Beavers held onto a 20-14 lead that lasted through the rest of the second quarter and the entirety of the third quarter.
After a scoreless third quarter, the fourth quarter saw both Beavers and the Indians score twice. The Indians took a 21-20 with 10:21 to go, but the Beavers responded back just 55 seconds later with Twine’s third rushing score, though the failed conversion left the score at 26-21. The Indians would not go down easily as they retook the lead with 7:46 to go in the game to make it a 28-26 contest. However, with 5:24 to go, the Beavers retook the lead for the last time as Twine scored his fourth rushing touchdown and Gaskamp connected with Eric Wiatrek for the 2-point conversion to give the Beavers the decisive 34-28 lead that stood as time expired.
“It shows a lot of character,” said Marbach. “Those guys were really good. I was so impressed. I don’t know how many fourth down stops we had. It took all our guys to pull that out.”
Statistically, the Beavers gained 426 yards of total offense, with 330 yards rushing over 37 attempts and 96 yards passing over seven completions. The Indians, by comparison, gained 337 yards of total offense, with 273 yards rushing over 42 carries and 64 yards passing over four completions. Penalties and additional statistics were unavailable at press time.
This week, the Beavers will host the Poth Pirates in their annual rivalry game. The Pirates won three straight games in the series, which is a streak Marbach hopes to break.
“Everybody’s going to be cranked up for this one. Last year, statistically, we outplayed them, but the score is all that counts. Hopefully this experience with Jourdanton will help and we’ll be able to say we’ve done this before. After Poth lost by one against Marion, they’re going to be hungry. Hopefully we can stay explosive. It should be very entertaining.”
Kickoff in Falls City is set for Friday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.