DAYTON — After a rainy Friday night, Saturday wasn’t just for college football.
Beavercreek and Carroll resumed their rivalry at Carroll High School after lightning delays postponed everything the night before. And it was Beavercreek who came out on top, holding off the heat and the Patriots to win 21-16.
“I thought we played physical, I thought we played aggressive and then I thought the heat really affected us late here at the end,” said Beavercreek coach Nic Black. “It affected them too, but I think the difference was that they were gaining momentum and our kids felt like we were losing it.”
After being held scoreless in the first quarter, Beavercreek scored two rushing touchdowns in the second to lead 14-3 going into halftime.
Tim Bradshaw unofficially ran for 142 yards for Beavercreek. Quarterback Hunter Maloney added 67 yards of his own.
Maloney ran the ball to score a touchdown with 3:18 left in the third quarter to make it 21-3.
Carroll never really felt like they were out of the game, however. The Patriot passing really started clicking in the fourth quarter. A 45-yard pass to Nick Riley helped get the Pats into position for a 25-yard touchdown from Jacob Severt to Daniel Sommers. Severt finished the game with 246 yards through the air.
“That’s something we focused on the whole offseason. We want to put the ball in the air a little bit. There’s no doubt that the boys worked hard on that,” said Carroll coach Ben Rulli. “I was impressed by our offensive line giving us time while they were bringing the house on us. It was good all around. It was a total team effort in the second half.”
“We told our team all week that this is not a team that is going to roll over. They’re going to play extremely hard and they’re going to play physical. It was exactly what we expected,” said Black.
Even though the ensuing Beavercreek drive didn’t result in any points, the team was able to drain a lot of time off the clock. Carroll didn’t get the ball back until there was only 3:32 left to play. But the passing game worked in conjunction with the running game to help Carroll score with 1:55 remaining. Cory Hastings ran the ball in to score for the Patriots, but they failed to convert a two-point conversion.
Carroll attempted an onside kick to regain possession, but Beavercreek recovered and was able to run out the clock.
“The boys worked hard. We challenged them at halftime to come out and work their tails off, and they did. You have got to give some credit to Beavercreek. They’re a pretty good football team. It’s a cross-town rivalry. Everybody is more hyped up,” said Rulli. “There are some mistakes we made that we can fix. That’s the good thing. The effort was there. We just go back to work on Monday.”
The Beavers play Fairborn at 7 p.m. Friday at Beavercreek High School. Carroll is scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Springfield Shawnee High School.
Score By Quarters:
Beavercreek 0 14 7 0 — 21
Carroll 3 0 0 13 — 16
C — Alex Story 25 field goal
B — Hunter Maloney 1 run, Michael Chuck kick
B — Tim Bradshaw 3 run, Chuck kick
B — Maloney 1 run, Chuck kick
C — Daniel Sommers 25 pass from Jacob Severt, Story kick
C — Cory Hastings 4 run, conversion failed
Records: Beavercreek (2-0); Carroll (1-1).
Reach Zach Gregory at (937) 372-4444, Ext. 2124.