By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
A long bomb touchdown on the first play and a blocked punt that set up Fairview for another quick TD only a few plays later put the Beaver Dusters in a 14-0 hole only three minutes into the game. Beaver never recovered, falling to Fairview, 33-12.
"Kind of more of the same," Dusters coach Mike McVay said. "They scored a quick 14 points on us, which has happened to us in too many games. We played pretty well after that. I don't think the score is indicative of how we played."
A third TD by Fairview scored with 8:21 left in the second quarter put the Yellowjackets up 20-0. But Beaver responded this time with a 10-play touchdown drive, scoring in the final minute of the half on a 1-yard run by Hadley Skaggs.
Fairview went on a 10-play drive of their own in the third quarter to make the score 26-6 with 6:01 left in the quarter.
Beaver had a chance to answer when they returned the ensuing kickoff to the Fairview 10-yard line. But just two plays later the drive ended as the Yellowjackets intercepted a Beaver pass.
The Yellowjackets put the game out of reach with another early in the fourth to make the score 33-6.
The Dusters did manage another long touchdown drive capped by David Stout's 1-yard TD with 4:49 left in the game.
"With the exception of the big plays, I thought we played pretty well," McVay said. "Both scoring drives were over 75 yards, so we were able to move the ball."
Beaver finished the game with 14 first downs to 18 for Fairview. The Dusters outrushed the Yellowjackets with 176 yards on 53 carries compared to just 87 yards on 20 carries for Fairview. But the Yellowjackets owned the skies with 237 yards through the air to only 7 for Beaver.
Beaver (1-8, 0-6) will try next Friday to end the season the same way they began it, with a win when they host Turpin (0-8, 0-6).
"After the game we told the kids next Friday will be all about pride and the bragging rights to Beaver County," McVay said. "It's also the end of a great rivalry with Turpin moving to 8-man. I think our kids will respond and be ready to play."