Beavers zap Zeps in OT
CALCUTTA–After having his first extra point blocked, all Chase Flati wanted was another chance.
With Friday’s game against Shenandoah tied at 12 in overtime, the sophomore kicker strode onto the field and played the role of hero, drilling the game winning extra point past onrushing defenders to give the Beavers an exciting 13-12 victory.
“It’s an amazing feeling right now, it’s the best thing ever. I can’t really describe it,” Flati said.
The Beavers (2-1) overcame several penalties and sloppy offensive play to gain a much needed victory after last week’s lopsided loss to West Branch. The Zeps fall to 1-2.
Flati got his chance to provide the winning point after sophomore quarterback Tanner Johnston dashed into the end zone from 11 yards out to tie the game in the first overtime session.
He had a chance to put the Beavers ahead in regulation after Garrett Givens tied the game at 6 in the third quarter on a 5-yard run, but the kick was blocked, leaving the game tied until overtime.
The Zeps got the ball first in overtime and found the end zone when running back Ethan Wiley powered through the teeth of the Beaver Local defense for a 3-yard score. The Zeps tried to go for two, but the run failed, leaving the Beavers set up with a chance to win.
“I was ready for another chance,” Flati said. “I was hoping we could have got one earlier, but I’ll take it.”
Once the Beavers got the ball back, it took just three plays for Johnston to find the end zone. Flati faced heavy pressure on the extra point, but got the kick off just in time and watched his line drive sail through the uprights as he was hit by a defender.
“At first I thought it was going to get blocked, but (Ethan) Lewis had a good hold and it went in.”
Beaver Local head coach Mike McKenzie said there was never any doubt the Beavers were going to try the extra point rather than go for two.
“We were going for one all the way there,” McKenzie said. “We had faith in Chase to come through and he came up big for us.”
After being held to just one first down in the first half, the Beavers appeared to find a little something with their ground game after the break.
Givens was the leading rusher for the night with 131 yards on 25 carries, with 97 of those in the second half. Johnston–who had been alternating quarterback duties with Ethan Lewis–played most of the second half and finished with 52 rushing yards on 11 carries.
Despite the offense struggling mightily at times to move the ball, the Beaver defense rose to the occasion time and gain. The Zeps marched inside the Beaver 25 twice in the first half, only to turn the ball over on downs each time.
The Beavers will now focus their attention to next week’s trip down the road to rival East Liverpool.
“Tonight can be a confidence-builder for us,” McKenzie said. “We faced down a lot of adversity tonight. You’re always a little bit more excited heading into a game like that off of a win. Hopefully we can capitalize on the momentum and get better.”
BEAVER LOCAL: 0-0-6-0-7–13
S –Kendal Sherman 55 run (pass failed)
B –Garrett Givens 5 run (kick blocked)
S–Ethan Wiley 3 run (run failed)
B–Tanner Johnston 11 run (Chase Flati kick)
First downs 12 8
Total Yards 266 224
Rushes-yards 36-212 42-182
Passing 65 42
Comp-Att-Int 5-20-0 5-9-1
Punts 6-29 7-34
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 4-0
Penalties-Yards 12-105 13-109
RUSHING–Shenandoah, Kendal Sherman 15-127, Boone Jones 13-59, Ethan Wiley 8-45; Beaver Local, Garrett Givens 25-131, Tanner Johnston 11-52.
PASSING–Shenandoah, Boone Jones 5-20-65-0; Ethan Lewis 4-6-28-1, Tanner Johnston 1-3-14-0.
RECEIVING–Shenandoah, Ethan Wiley 1-38; Beaver Local, Garrett Givens 2-33.
INTERCEPTIONS–Shenandoah, Kendal Sherman.