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Beavers blank Eagles in district opener
by Bruce Harper
Oct 17, 2012 | 858 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Eagle Josh Herrera chases down a Falls City running back during Friday’s game in Pettus. The Beavers captured a 40-0 win to keep the Eagles at 0-7 for the year.
Bruce Harper photo Eagle Josh Herrera chases down a Falls City running back during Friday’s game in Pettus. The Beavers captured a 40-0 win to keep the Eagles at 0-7 for the year.
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The Pettus Eagles line up for the playing of the national anthem on Friday night prior to their game with the visiting Falls City Beavers.
Bruce Harper photo The Pettus Eagles line up for the playing of the national anthem on Friday night prior to their game with the visiting Falls City Beavers.
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PETTUS — The visiting Falls City team used a tough defense and a balanced offensive attack to blank the Eagles on the gridiron Friday night, 40-0.

“We knew that Falls City would bring a tough loaded team as they have every year and that we would have to be at our best to have a shot. Unfortunately, that was not the case and we know we have a lot of work that needs to be done and weak spots that need to be addressed prior to our next opponent Woodsboro,” said Pettus head coach Dan Garza.

The story of the game was the Beaver defense. The FC crew did not allow the Eagles into their end of the field until late in the contest and kept the Eagle offense bottled up at midfield or in their own end of the field all night.

The Beaver offense scored the lone touchdown in the first quarter and then tacked on two TDs in the second period to lead 20-0 at halftime.

The first three scores were all on runs ranging from 20 to 10 yards in length against the Pettus defense.

In the second half, the Beavers struck for two more scores in the third period, but the FC aerial attack was responsible for those two TDs. QB Cameron Soto fired TD passes of 25 and 30 yards to light up the scoreboard for a 34-0 lead.

The Eagles were able to move into the “red zone” early in the fourth quarter on a couple of runs from Casey Jones and Josh Herrera. QB John Grayson also connected with receiver Anthony Mendoza for a good gain.

The drive was stopped as a penalty on the Eagles put the ball back around midfield, and the Pettus offense was not able to sustain the momentum.

The Beavers got their final touchdown with reserve QB Don Gaskamp scampering around the right side of his line for a 22-yard touchdown. The PAT kick was not good and the final was a 40-0 Beaver win.

Falls City held the Pettus rushers to just 45 yards on 26 carries. Grayson connected on two passes for a total of 14 yards. Both catches were made by Mendoza. No stats were available for the Falls City offense.

The Eagles travel to Woodsboro to meet the district’s other Eagles, who are coming off a tough 14-13 loss to Runge.

“Our boys continue to work hard trying to get our first victory and we continue to appreciate their efforts knowing that things will get better for them,” said Garza.

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