Beavers cage the Bears
NEW MANCHESTER, W. Va. –The season did not always go the way the Beaver Local football team hoped, but the Beavers came away with a satisfying performance in the finale.
Powered by 205 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Torey Calio, the Beavers pulled away from Oak Glen in the second half for a 36-14 victory in an emotional, flag-filled game at Oak Glen High School.
The Beavers finish the season at 4-6 overall. The Golden Bears finish at 2-8.
“I’m proud of our team for finishing strong, it was nice for our seniors to go out with a win,” Beaver Local coach Jeremy McElroy said. “I’m happy for them.”
The game was close at halftime before the big-play ability of Calio and Logan Bouscher gave the Beavers all the breathing room they would need.
With Beaver Local up 17-7 after a 36-yard field goal by Drew Theiss, Calio broke loose for a 57-yard touchdown scamper on a counter play to make it 24-7. On the very next drive, he cashed in on the same play for a 39-yard score.
“They were overplaying to our strong side and the play was there,” McElroy said. “He just executed well. We had some good down-blocking to give him an alley.
Bouscher, who finished with 98 rushing yards on nine carries, removed all doubt on the next drive with a 43-yard touchdown.
The Beavers out-rushed the Golden Bears 342-93, including 186-11 in the second half. It was a big bounceback after the team’s 47-0 loss to Martins Ferry last week.
“We talked all week about finishing the season strong,” McElroy said. “I’m proud the kids went out and did it.”
The game featured plenty of chippy play, especially as the second half wore on. The Beavers and Golden Bears combined for 28 penalties, with several of them being personal fouls.
“This is one of the most penalized games I’ve ever seen,” Oak Glen coach Ted Arneault Jr. said. “It’s not my job to referee, it’s my job to coach. The penalties kept us from making the game competitive in the second half.”
“The backyard rivalry part of the game got out of hand a little bit,” McElroy said. “Kids get emotional.”
The Golden Bears had their lone sustained drive in the second quarter when they put together a 17-play 79-yard march that took 6:58 and culminated with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Lance Collins to Chase Crago to make it 14-7 with 30 seconds left before halftime.
Oak Glen got a golden opportunity when the Beavers muffed the ensuing kickoff, but missed a 43-yard field goal right before halftime.
Collins completed 9-of-23 passes for 115 yards, while Crago hauled in eight passes for 87 yards. Running back Dakota Price finished with 76 yards on 19 carries.
“We played tough in the first half, especially on defense, and I’m proud of our kids for that,” Arneault said.
Oak Glen struggled to move the ball with consistency in the second half. Another Collins-to-Crago touchdown closed the scoring in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.
“The biggest thing from this season is we have to practice like we want to play,” Arneault said. “Our kids want to play elite football and we have to start practicing that way.”
¯The Beavers have now won four in a row over the Golden Bears
¯The two teams combined for 295 penalty yards
¯The game took 2 hours and 58 minutes to complete.
OAK GLEN: 0-7-0-7–14
B –Terry Adkins 1 run (Drew Theiss kick)
B –Logan Bouscher 4 run (Theiss kick)
O–Chase Crago 4 pass from Lance Collins. (Collin Williams kick)
B–Drew Theiss 36 FG
B–Torey Calio 57 run (Theiss kick)
B–Torey Calio 39 run (run failed)
B–Logan Bouscher 43 run (run failed)
O–Chase Crago 15 pass from Lance Collins (Williams kick)
First downs 12 12
Total Yards 346 208
Rushes-yards 44-342 36-93
Passing 4 115
Comp-Att-Int 1-4-0 9-23-1
Punts 3-40 6-30
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1
Penalties-Yards 15-171 13-124
RUSHING–Beaver, Torey Calio 10-205, Logan Bouscher 9-98, Garrett Givens 7-15, Michael Clendenning 8-21, Terry Adkins 4-6; Oak Glen, Dakota Price 19-76. Lance Collins 13-15.
PASSING–Beaver, Logan Bouscher 1-3-4-0, Torey Calio 0-1-0-0; Oak Glen, Lance Collins 9-24-115-1.
RECEIVING–Beaver, Torey Calio 1-4; Oak Glen, Chase Crago 8-87, Ethan Travis 1-28.
INTERCEPTIONS–Beaver, Jacob Pancake.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES–Beaver, Michael Clendenning; Oak Glen, Austin Andrews.