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Monday, 12 February 2018 07:51
By JASON EPP 
Leader & Times 
January 16, the Turpin Cardinals defeated their county rivals the Beaver Dusters by 21 in their only prior meeting, this year. Friday night that result did not matter as a bench-shortened by sickness Beaver team upset Turpin 47-39 in the first round of district playoffs. 
altTurpin had wrestled the lead away from Beaver with a 7-2 run to start the fourth quarter to go up 37-34 with just over four minutes to play. But Gage Scott drained a three on the Dusters next trip down the floor and seemed to ignite Beaver's hopes again. Then Skyler Perry scored on a put back, followed by a three from Jesus Gonzalez, then another putback basket by Clay Pugh made it 44-37. 
Turpin could not find the net in the game's final minutes and saw their season come to a disappointing end.  
Turpin struggled early in the game to find the bottom of the net as well as Beaver took a 7-2 lead in the opening period. But Turpin's Jesus Espino hit a three then was fouled shooting a three with just two seconds left in the first quarter. Espino hit all three and the Cards led 8-7. 
 The lead changed hands on each of the next four baskets, then a 6-0 run by Beaver put them up by four. Turpin retook the lead with a Isaiah Villalobos three, 22-21. But Pugh beat the halftime buzzer with a wing three to give Beaver a 24-22 lead at half. 
In the third, six more lead changes, with Kolby McDonald's three to end the third giving Beaver a 32-30 lead heading to the fourth. 
David Contreras was the only Duster in double figures with 11, as Beaver spread their scoring out evenly. Turpin's Jesus Espino led the Cardinals with 16. 
Beaver (9-14) advances to the district championship against Shattuck, Saturday. Turpin is eliminated and ends the season with an 11-13 record. 
Safety Malcolm Jenkins is a physical presence in the secondary and cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills are solid cover guys.
“They have a great defense,” Brady said. “It’s as good any we’ve faced all year. They have a great scheme that mixes in well with their coverages.”
If the game comes down to a field goal, rookie kicker Jake Elliott has a strong leg. He kicked a 61-yarder at the end of regulation to beat the Giants in Week 3 and is 6 of 7 from beyond 50 yards.
The Eagles shouldn’t be tight and they’re not intimidated by the Patriots. They’re a loose, relaxed group that has embraced their underdog role throughout the playoffs and overcame injuries to several key players.
“Greatest quarterback of all time, but that doesn’t mean that he’s unbeatable,” Jenkins said of Brady. “We’re not worried. We match up well.”
 

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