Beavers march to 4-1
RICHMOND — It took Beaver Local most of the first quarter to get going, but once the it did, Edison couldn’t stop it.
The Beavers scored on the final play of the opening quarter, then scored two touchdowns in each quarter the rest of the way to pull away from Edison and spoil the Wildcats homecoming night, 48-0.
“We got going,” Beaver Local head coach Mike McKenzie said. “We were a little sluggish at the start, I thought we had a sluggish week of practice. Sometimes that happens when you have had the success we’ve had for a couple weeks with starting fast. Our kids adapted. It took us a little bit to adapt being on the grass, we’ve been of turf for the last few weeks, coming on the grass, sometimes you struggle with that adjustment. That was a little bit of it.
“Edison is tough, coach (Derrick) Stickles and myself both have coached (at Edison) and have the upmost respect for them and how hard they play. We knew they were going to play physical and they did. We challenged our kids to match their physicality.”
Three different Beaver Local quarterbacks threw touchdown passes, with starter Tanner Johnston contributing three six-pointers through the air and another with his legs. He finished with 139 of the Beavers 204 passing yards.
“Tanner has really flipped the switch,” McKenzie said of his quarterback. “It has just all clicked for him.”
On the flip side, Edison missed on a few early shots and never got the passing game going at all, finishing without a completion in the game.
“We missed a couple opportunities and things just kind of snowballed,” Edison head coach Shane O’Brien said. “We were just never able to overcome it. We definitely were not efficient passing and they were able to stack the box and take away our running game. That really hurt us offensively.”
The shutout is the second in three games for the Beavers defense, which limited the Wildcats to just 35 total yards.
“My hats off to our defensive coaches,” McKenzie said. “What a great defensive game plan. Our varsity defense has only given up 15 points total in four weeks.”
After a scoreless first 11:51, Johnston powered into the end zone from three yards out to open the scoring on the final play of the quarter to put the first points on the board. The score was set up by the first of two Nate Sprouse interceptions.
After an Edison three-and-out, Johnston connected with Caleb White for a 59-yard score, then before the half Devon Salsberry hauled in a 50-yard bomb from Dorian Jackson on a trick play to make it a 22-0 halftime lead for the Beavers.
Edison drove deep into Beaver Local territory for what proved to be their best scoring threat of the game, getting to the 11, but penalties stalled the drive and the Wildcats went into the break with nothing to show for it.
Johnston connected with Andy Latshaw for an 8-yard score and Logan Krulik for a 41-yard touchdown in the third quarter to enact the running clock rule.
Changing personnel did not slow down the Beavers as Zane Kinsey threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Caden Foster, then Austin Cline powered in for a 3-yard score to put the final points on the board.
“I like where we are at,” McKenzie said. “We don’t have one kid you can focus on and take away, we have a lot of kids that are able to contribute. They’re very unselfish, which I think is what’s making us so good.
“We’re feeling it right now. The kids are confident and it’s enjoyable.”
Ethan Waggoner totaled 68 yards on 18 carries for the Wildcats while Tyler Griffith added 26 yards on nine carries. The rest of the team combined for -59 yards, including two bad snaps on punts that cost the Wildcats a combined 47 yards.
“(Beaver is) really fast on both sides of the ball,” O’Brien said. “I give them a lot of credit. We weren’t able to overcome adversity the way we should. We’ll use this as a learning experience and move forward.”
Beaver Local: Returns home to face unbeaten Bellaire, ranked No. 6 in Div. V, on Friday.
Edison: Is back at home hosting East Liverpool.
EDISON: 0-0-0-0– 0
B – Johnston 3 run (Flati kick)
B – White 59 pass from Johnston (Flati kick
B – Salsberry 50 pass from Jackson (Flati pass)
B – Moore 8 pass from Johnston (Flati kick)
B – Krulik 41 pass from Johnston (kick failed)
B – Foster 15 pass from Kinsey (Jones kick)
B – Cline 3 run (kick blocked)
RUSHING: Beaver Local 27-158-2TD (Salsberry 7-18; Johnston 9-43-TD; White 3-23; Monte 3-37; Cline 2-11-TD; Kinsey 1-9; Blissenbach 1-6; Morgan 1-11); Edison 46-35 (Cline 3-(-12); Marcino 1-2; E. Waggoner 18-68; Griffith 9-26; Shrieve 3-(-12); Sanders 2-(-47); Cusik 1-(-3); McClurg 4-7; West 2-6; Einaugle 2-(-2); L. Waggoner 1-2).
PASSING: Beaver Local 8-15-204-5TD (Johnston 6-13-139-3TD; Jackson 1-1-50-TD; Kinsey 1-1-15-TD); Edison 0-11-0-2INT (Cline 0-10-0-INT; Shrieve 0-1-0-INT).
RECEIVING: Beaver Local 8-204-5TD (Monte 1-14; Moore 2-16-TD; White 1-59-TD; Salsberry 1-50-TD; Foster 1-15-TD; Krulik 2-50-TD). Edison 0-0.
FIRST DOWNS: Beaver Local 11; Edison 5.
PENALTIES: Beaver Local 7-70; Edison 8-65.
FUMBLES-LOST: Beaver Local 2-2; Edison 0-0.
PUNTS: Beaver Local 2-33; Edison 8-23.8.