By Jason Epp
The Beaver Dusters scored on offense, defense and special teams in the first quarter, and cruised to a 50-8 win over the Mooreland Bearcats.
Beaver wasted no time getting the scoring started as Samuel Becker returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown. David Rivera’s kick (6-for-6 on the night) made it 7-0 13 seconds into the contest. Kevin Butterfield added to the Dusters lead with a 33-yard touchdown run, and the Duster defense added a safety in the first quarter.
Ben Engelman scored the second of six Beaver rushing touchdowns on the night, with 10:49 still left in the first half to give Beaver a commanding 23-0 lead.
“We really took control of the game in the first (quarter),” said Duster coach Mike McVay. “It seemed to get lackadaisical after that. Our tackling wasn’t real sharp, and we seemed to lose interest in the second quarter.”
Mooreland was able to get on the scoreboard before half with a 23-yard TD run and two-point conversion, but Becker scored his second touchdown with just 22 seconds left in the half to extend the lead to 30-8.
“It was pretty good, but sloppy at times,” said McVay. “I kind of figured that was going to happen after a big game last week, but played well again in the third.”
Beaver dominated the third quarter with three touchdown runs from Jeremiah Campbell, Engelman, and Tyler Hessman to push the Dusters point total to 50.
McVay was very pleased with several aspects of his teams play. “Our running game was pretty strong again. Special teams played really well all night and had us in good field possession all night. Our special teams have been ahead of where we thought they would be, and our offensive line played well.”
One area of concern showed up in the stats. Mooreland was able to gain 257 yards rushing and average over six yards per carry.
Beaver was able to rack up 303 yards rushing on just 38 carries, and only threw the ball seven times.
Beaver improves their record to 6-0 overall, and 3-0 in district play. The Dusters will host Hooker next Friday as they celebrate homecoming.