In a close first half of play, the Beavers struck first as Phillip Lyssy scored on a 20-yard run with 10:10 to go in the first quarter. Yoseph Cruz’s extra point put the score at 7-0. D’Hanis countered with 6:57 on the clock as Nathan Young caught a pass from Chance Barlow for the 13-yard touchdown, though the missed extra point left the Beavers with a 7-6 lead after a quarter of play. The next score of the game would not occur until the 4:35 mark of the second quarter when Cameron Soto capped a Falls City drive with a 2-yard run. The kick failed, however, leaving the score at 13-6. The Cowboys rallied before the end of the half as Barlow connected with Young once again, this time for an 11-yard passing score. The kick by Jesus Avila split the uprights, leaving the score tied at 13-13 at halftime.
The second half remained fiercely contested. With 9:36 to go in the third quarter, Lyssy found the end zone after a 25-yard run for his second touchdown of the game. The failed conversion attempt left the score at 19-13 in favor of the Beavers. The Cowboys responded later in the quarter, with 4:39 to go, as Barlow connected with Clint Rothe for the 29-yard score through the air. The missed D’Hanis PAT left the game at a 19-19 stalemate heading into the fourth quarter. The Cowboys would take the lead with 9:36 in the fourth quarter as Barlow capped a D’Hanis drive with a 1-yard run, followed by Avila’s extra point. The Beavers the countered to take the lead back as Soto scored on a 16-yard run then connected with Tyler Moore for the two-point conversion to give Falls City a 27-26 lead. The lead would not last as D’Hanis took back the lead, with 2:15 to go, as Barlow scored on another 1-yard run. Despite the failed conversion, the 32-27 D’Hanis lead stood as time expired.
By night’s end, the Beavers gained 379 yards of total offense with 224 yards rushing over 28 carries and 155 yards passing over 11 completions. The Cowboys, by comparison, gained 406 yards of total offense with 102 yards rushing over 31 carries and 304 yards passing over 18 completions. In terms of penalties, the Beavers were flagged five times for 45 total yards and the Cowboys were flagged four times for 46 total yards. “We almost had 400 yards but we had turnovers at costly times,” said Marbach. “That was a great opportunity for us to play them in a non-district game.”
This week, the Beavers will host the Three Rivers Bulldogs, a team Marbach noted as one similar to those that the Beavers have already faced. “Three Rivers is a lot like the first three teams we’ve played in the fact that they are physical and ground game oriented,” said Marbach. “We’re just going to have to win the physical battle to beat them. We gotta play good solid defense and eliminate those offensive mistakes.” Kickoff in Falls City is set for Friday, September 28 at 7:30 p.m.