“It’s a lot of fun playing on Thanksgiving, but it’s better to be playing December football,” said Falls City head coach Steve Marbach.
The first two Falls City touchdowns of the game came in the first quarter and on the legs of Justin Twine, the first being from Falls City’s first offensive play of the game on a 91-yard run at the 9:00 mark and the second came on a 10-yard run with 5:32 left. Both of these touchdowns were followed by Dean Gaskamp running in the conversion, giving the Beavers the 16-0 edge after a quarter of play. The Beavers scored twice more in the second quarter. The first of these scores came just 59 seconds into the second quarter on a 2-yard run by Gaskamp, though the conversion failed. The second came with 3:27 left as Twine connected with Stephen Harlos for a 27-yard score, with Connor Jendrusch kicking the extra point to give the Beavers a 29-0 halftime lead. Jendrusch was a perfect 3-for-3 on PAT attempts in the contest.
Both of Falls City’s second half scores came in the third quarter. The first of these was Twine’s third rushing touchdown of the game, a 3-yard run at the 8:03 mark, to put the score at 36-0. The last score of the game came on a 3-yard run by David Brodsky with 30 seconds left in the third quarter. The Eagles tried to break the shutout bid late in the fourth quarter, but the Falls City defense prevented Milano from reaching the end zone as time expired.
“Our kids have a lot of respect for Milano,” Marbach said. “It was a lot of fun.”
Statistically, the Beavers gained 440 yards of total offense, with 371 yards rushing over 40 carries and 69 yards passing over six completions. By comparison, the Eagles were held to 141 yards of total offense, with 61 yards rushing over 35 carries and 80 yards passing over five completions. Penalty wise, the Beavers were flagged four times for 39 total yards and the Eagles were flagged three times for 25 total yards.
Even though the Beavers remain undefeated, Marbach said each game offers different details for his team to pay attention to.
“It’s a lot of little details we can improve on,” said Marbach. “With every opponent, new things come up and we correct those. The most important things are the little details when it comes to playing football.”
This week, the Beavers will face the La Pryor Bulldogs in the State Quarterfinals. The Bulldogs are coming off a win over Sabinal. The game will take place at the Dub Farris Athletic Complex in San Antonio. The Beavers are the designated home team for the contest.
“They’re playing fantastic right now,” said Marbach about La Pryor. “They’re an exciting team to watch. It’ll be huge for us to come out and set the tone like we have done before.”
Kickoff in San Antonio is set for Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.