Beavers defeat D’Hanis, 53-0
by James Ratcliff
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Falls City’s Justin Twine looks for an open receiver during Friday night’s area championship game in San  Antonio.
Corinne Sekula photo Falls City’s Justin Twine looks for an open receiver during Friday night’s area championship game in San Antonio.
SAN ANTONIO – After earning a first-round Bye to start the Class 1A Division II playoffs, the Falls City Beavers took the field on Friday night as they faced the D’Hanis Cowboys in a rematch from non-district. Like the first meeting, the Beavers utilized their playmaking abilities to shut out the Cowboys by the score of 53-0 to claim the Area Championship and advance to the Regional round.

“The first couple of offensive plays were great,” said Falls City head coach Steve Marbach. “The blocking up front allowed what would have been good plays to turn into great plays. The defense was great throughout.”

It took just 23 seconds for the Beavers to get on the scoreboard in the first quarter as Dean Gaskamp scored on a 73-yard run. Justin Twine ran in the two-point conversion to put Falls City’s early lead at 8-0. On the next Falls City possession, at the 8:55 mark, Twine scored on an 85-yard run and Gaskamp ran in the conversion to extend the lead to 16-0. The last score of the first quarter came with 43 seconds to go as Gaskamp capped off a Falls City drive with a 5-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the score at 22-0. The second quarter’s lone score came with 2:43 to go as Gaskamp connected with Austen Camber for the 17-yard score. Conner Jendrusch kicked the extra point to put the lead at 29-0 at halftime. Jendrusch was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra point attempts in the contest.

All four of Falls City’s second half scores happened in the third quarter. The first score came at the 9:55 mark as Gaskamp connected with Twine for a 32-yard score. The second came just two minutes and 30 seconds later as Zach Jimerson connected with Cody Houdmann for a 62-yard pass and catch. The third and the final touchdown of the game came with 4:38 to go as Joseph Swierc scored on a 34-yard run. All three touchdowns in the third quarter were followed by Jendrusch’s PAT attempts. The final score of the game was a 23-yard field goal kicked by Jendrusch to put the final tally at 53-0. The field goal was the first that the Beavers have made this season.

Statistically, the Beavers gained 512 yards of total offense, with 366 yards rushing over 32 carries and 146 yards passing over six completions. The Cowboys, by comparison, were held to just 53 yards of total offense, with 33 yards rushing over 29 carries and 20 yards passing over three completions. In terms of penalties, the Beavers were flagged eight times for 65 total yards and the Cowboys were called five times for 50 total yards.

“As lots of guys got opportunities to play in the second half, they did a great job of making the plays they had to and kept the zero on the scoreboard,” said Marbach. “We had lots of young guys in and that was a really great experience.”

This week, the Beavers will face the Milano Eagles in the Regional round. The game will take place at Bob Shelton Stadium, located on the campus of Hays Consolidated High School in Buda. The Beavers will be the designated Visitors for the contest.

“They have a receiver that plays good and their quarterback is their big playmaker. We’ll have a similar game plan like what we had going into Woodsboro and hopefully we can execute it similarly.”

Kickoff in Buda is set for Friday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m.
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