BEAVER OH- The Indian Valley Braves spoiled the Beavers season opener on Friday night, as they took the victory by a final score of 37-20 on the first Friday night of the 2021 season
Beaver Local got off to a great start, forcing a three and out on Indian Valley’s first possession. On their first play from scrimmage following the Braves punt, a quick screen pass to Caleb White went 68 yards to the house to give the Beavers the early lead. The Beavers defense was then able to force a fumble at their own 25 yard line to take the ball back, where they would find themselves in the end zone again courtesy of Caleb White, again. This one was a quick out route that went 48 yards and took some incredible balance from White up the sideline to hit paydirt. Halfway through the first, they lead 14-0, but Indian Valley came back with ferocity, scoring 16 unanswered to end the first half and got another TD coming out of half to make it 23-14.
Late in the third, following a defensive stop by the Beavers, they were able to complete a much needed TD drive, capped off by a 30 yard TD pass from QB Austin Cline to Caden Foster, pulling the Beavers back to within 3. Early in the 4th, Beaver Local made a 1 in 1,000 mistake, as the punt deflected off the back of a blockers helmet, was scooped up by Indian Valley, and taken to the house to increase the Braves lead back to 10. An interception in the red zone for Indian Valley and a 29 yard TD run by Gavin Henry sealed the deal for the 37-20 Indian Valley victory.
Beaver Local will look to bounce back on the road with a tough test against the Salem Quakers.
*Contributed By Mike McKenzie