By Jason Epp
Leader & Times
For the third week in a row, the Beaver Dusters mounted a comeback after spotting their opponent two touchdowns. But this time the deficit and six interceptions proved to be too much to overcome as the Booker, Tex. Kiowas defeated the Beaver Dusters, 32-20.
"First of all I want to give credit to Booker," said Beaver head coach Mike McVay. "They have an excellent football team and do a great job with their spread offense. The do a good job of keeping you off-balance and find some big plays. I thought after the first couple of series I thought our defense settled down and played fairly well."
After falling behind 26-7 early in the third quarter on an 83-yard interception return and two-point conversion, Beaver began the climb back. Ryan Nash scored from six yards midway through the third. Nash added another rushing touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter as the Dusters cut the Kiowa's' lead to 26-20.
Beaver intercepted a Booker pass to set up their offense in good field position. The Duster drove to the Booker 11, but another interception ended the Duster scoring threat.
"Offensively is where I'm probably the most disappointed," said McVay. "We moved the football, but would get inside the twenty and just kill ourselves. The difference in the game is just us, offensively, not doing what we need to do."
As much as the Dusters did struggle in the passing game, it did give them their first points of the game when Luis Chavez hit Austin Reed for a 22-yard touchdown in the second quarter.
Beaver used their ball-control offense to stay in the game even though Booker averaged almost two yards more per play (3.9 to 5.8). The Dusters had more first downs (16-12), ran more plays (69-59), but lost the turnover battle 7 (6 ints., 1 fumble) to 3 (1 int., 2 fumbles). Both teams were heavily penalized with Beaver racking up 96 yards while Booker tallied an eye-opening 191.
With the final margin of victory equaling the final difference Coach McVay was left to ponder his team's slow starts. "I wish I knew," said McVay. "Maybe just immaturity. I think we're prepared. We've just got to stick it in high-gear from the get-go. I can't doubt our effort. We really hurt ourselves and you can't do that against a good team like Booker."
Beaver falls to 2-1 and will open district play next Friday at panhandle rival Texhoma.