By James Ratcliff Countywide contributor

FALLS CITY – The Falls City Beavers football team set the tone for the 2018-19 athletic year, with other teams following suit in their own regard.

After steam rolling through their 10 game regular season, out scoring opponents a combined 504 to 103 in that span, the Beavers went unchallenged for the first three playoff rounds.

The Beavers took down Agua Dulce (75-12), Snook (63-8) and an unbeaten Woodsboro team (50-0) before their historic quarterfinal showdown in the Alamodome with Burton. 

Falls City won, 30-28, after head coach Britt Hart called what he said was the “best timeout ever” to ice the Panthers’ kicker and take the win.

However, after hanging with Mart for the first three quarters of the state semifinals, Falls City’s season ended with a 40-13 defeat. Mart went on to defeat Gruver, 76-33, for the state title. 

In  addition to the numerous postseason accolades the Beavers received, QB/DB Keyshawn Johnson accepted a preferred walk-on offer to continue his career at UTSA.

In basketball, the Beavers were one game shy of reaching the postseason, whilst the Beaverettes clinched yet another playoff berth. However, the Beaverettes playoff run was cut short by a bi-district upset loss to Wallis Brazos, 40-30.

Falls City competed well throughout the year in cross-country and golf. That, and the baseball and softball teams saw some playoff action. 

On the diamond, the Beavers took down Center Point (12-8 in one game) before falling to Ben Bolt (9-2 and 6-5) in the area round. The Beaverettes, however, fell to Sabinal (13-0) in the Bi-District round.

In track and field, Brady Lyssy represent Falls City at the UIL state meet, in the pole vault and 110-meter hurdles. He finished eighth and sixth respectively in those events.

Recaps on Kenedy’s and Runge’s year in athletics will be in upcoming issues of The Karnes Countywide.

James Ratcliff is a high school sports contributor for The Karnes Countywide. He can be reached at 830-216-3864.