Both teams came into the District 16-1ADII showdown with identical 4-1 records and the winner of the game on Friday would gain a leg up in the race to the district title.
The Beavers are ranked anywhere from fourth to seventh in the state among 1A football teams, depending on which poll you’re viewing.
“Falls City was every bit as good as we expected them to be. We really played well as a team for much of the game, but we had far too many major mistakes by various individual players to beat them,” said Eagle head coach Steve Marbach.
“You just can’t make mistakes against a top 10 team in the state and expect to win.”
The big play Beaver offense got the scoring started with a 55-yard strike for a touchdown with less than two minutes gone in the first period. Pettus answered with an even longer aerial strike as Hunter Tomlin popped a Ryan Beck up into the air over a Falls City defender and then hauled it in for an 88-yard touchdown. Beck made good on the PAT and it was all tied at 7-7 with 4:32 left in the first period.
The Beavers executed a 53-yard run for their next score just before the end of the first quarter to jump back in front 14-7.
Falls City put the game away in the second quarter with three touchdowns for a 35-7 lead at the half. The visitors tacked on a single TD in each of the final two periods to make the final 48-7. The Beavers scored their final TD with 2:26 on the clock and just took a knee on the PAT attempt.
Pettus had trouble with the Beaver defense, accumulating just 38 yards rushing on the night and 140 yards through the air with 88 of those yards coming on the one play in the first period. The Beaver defense was strong all night.
Falls City ran for 370 yards and added 178 yards on six of eight passes. The Beavers did take advantage of three Pettus turnovers in the game, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. The visitors bobbled the ball four times but always managed to recover their own fumbles for zero turnovers.
The Eagles will travel this Friday night for another big district game with the Woodsboro Eagles.
“Woodsboro is severely underrated. They are 1-4 right now, with losses to 2A Riviera, 3A Luling and 1A powers Louise and Falls City,” Marbach said.
“All of those teams are very talented. Woodsboro is huge on the defensive line, and their backs and receivers are fast and athletic. We are going to have to play our best football this week in order to go win one in Woodsboro.”
The kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.