by JASON EPP
Leader & Times
After giving up an 80-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, Beaver scored 46 unanswered points to pick up their second straight district win, 46-6, and made sure homecoming queen, Kyndal Sutton, left happy.
"After we gave up that first play, we took control," said Dusters head coach Mike McVay. "Our defense came alive and played pretty well the rest of the game. Our offense just controlled the ball. We moved it up and down the field at will."
That 80-yard touchdown was more than half of Mooreland's offensive production for the whole game, finishing with 145 yards.
Beaver responded quickly with three touchdowns on three consecutive drives in the first quarter. First, Luis Chavez ran in from 4 yards out, then Ryan Nash scored on a 50-yard run, and Chavez hit Kaleb McDonald for a 17-yard touchdown through the air to make the score 19-6.
Nash scored his second touchdown of the game on a three-yard run to help give the Dusters a 26-6 lead at the half.
Beaver continued their offensive assault in the third with a 20-yard TD from Chavez. A great punt return set the Dusters up in Mooreland territory, and just a minute and a half went off the clock before Tyler Hessman smashed in to the end zone for another Beaver score.
Fullback Heath Thomas scored the final TD less than thirty seconds into the fourth quarter on an 8-yard run.
Beaver outgained the Bearcats 365-145, and tallied 22 first downs to just nine for Mooreland. Beaver's offense ran 67 plays to only 36 for Mooreland. Taking out the 80-yard play, Mooreland averaged less than two yards per play. Meanwhile, Beaver averaged almost five and a half yards per play.
"Our offense played really well," said McVay. "We only punted twice, and one of those was late in the game with our reserves in. We had some good, sustained drives and really ate up the clock."
Beaver also won the key statistic of turnovers 3-0. Mooreland lost all three fumbles, while Beaver only dropped it once, and recovered it as well.
Beaver improves their overall record to 4-2, and their conference record to 2-1. Beaver will travel to Hooker (2-3, 1-2) next Friday.