EAST LIVERPOOL, OH- The Beaver Local football team committed 6 turnovers Friday Night. Usually, when a football team turns the ball over that many times in a game it’s impossible to win & that was the case as the Beavers fell to Akron Kenmore Garfield 19-8 on Friday Night.
The Golden Rams scored on their first possession of the game. Kenmore Garfield running back Lamont Evans ripped off a 66-yard run to the Beaver 8, then 3 plays later on 3rd & goal on the 7 Evans would score a touchdown. The 2 point conversion attempt was no good, making the score 6-0. This was the only score of the 1st half by either team. The Beavers would enter Golden Rams territory 3 times in the first half but each drive ended on an interception; one by Tanner Johnston & the other two by Ethan Lewis, keeping the score 6-0 at halftime.
At the beginning of the second half, the Golden Rams recovered on the onside kick at the Beavers 48, but the drive stalled as Daniel Wirth recovered a fumble on the Kenmore Garfield 30. But on the Beavers next drive Ethan Lewis threw his 3rd interception of the game. The Golden Rams would score as Lamont Evans scored on a 6 yard run with 3:53 left on the 3rd quarter, making the score 12-0 after another failed 2 point attempt. The Golden Rams were set up for another score late in the 3rd quarter as Lewis fumbled while trying to avoid a sack. Jayvon Fisher scored a 2 yard run in the last minute of the 3rd & a successful extra point made the score 19-0 Golden Rams after 3 quarters.
The Beavers would score their only touchdown of the game on the first minute of the 4th quarter. Offensive lineman Payne Allen recovered a Jacob Kane fumble in the end zone. A failed 2 point attempt made the score 19-6. The Beavers would score 2 more points on safety as an errant snap on a punt attempt sailed out of the end zone. Lewis would throw his fourth interception of the game on the next drive before the Golden Rams ran out the clock.
The Kenmore Garfield improve to 1-1 & were led by Lamont Evans, who had 107 yards on 12 carries with 2 touchdowns & had an interception on defense. Deror Wilson had 52 yards on 19 carries & also had an interception. Jayvon Fisher added 28 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown & an interception. DaMonte Terry had 2 interceptions while Marshall Thomas recovered a fumble.
The Beavers fall to 1-1 with the loss. Ethan Lewis was 6-18 for 103 yards with 4 interceptions. Jacob Kane led the Beavers in rushing with 31 yards on 7 carries. Beaver Local will travel to Minerva next Friday Night before return home to take the rival East Liverpool Potters on September 20.
*Story Contributed by YSN Beaver Local Reporter and Alumnus, Jason Hannum