BARNSVILLE OH-The Beavers took the hour and a half long road trip to Barnesville to take on the Shamrocks in hopes of winning their first game of the season, and they did just that.
Things started out slow for the Beavers, as they went down 9-0 after a TD and FG from the Shamrocks in the first quarter. The Beavers got themselves on the board with a 3 yard TD run from Caleb White to make it 9-7. Barnesville had an immediate answer 2 plays later with a 60-yard touchdown to Gage Hannahs, who found himself wide open, uncovered by the Beavers defense, to go up 15-7.
After some defensive stops by both teams, Beaver Local got the ball down 8 with 1:44 left in the first half. They pulled off the 2-minute drill to score before the half lead by senior QB Tanner Johnston, who connected with Logan Krulik for the 6, and then connected with Caleb White for the 2-point conversion, tying the game before the half.
The Beavers got the ball coming out of the half, and they made the most of it. They marched 54 yards down the field after getting great starting field position and scored in under 4 minutes. The drive ended with a Caleb White 2 yard TD run. The Beavers defense put up a brick wall from the 3rd quarter on, as Barnesville barely made it into plus territory in the second half. Tanner Johnston connected with Dylan Moore on the following drive for an instant impact 54-yard touchdown which was the first nail in the coffin for the Shamrocks. The final nail came in the form of a 31-yard touchdown pass to senior TE Nate Sprouse, making it 36-15, which would end up being the final score, as the Beavers get themselves up to .500.
They will debut their new turf next week in a Thursday matchup with Indian Creek. Kickoff at 7, pregame at 6:30 on YSN Beaver Local.
*Contributed by YSN’s Mike McKenzie