NEW LOTHROP – The Beaverton Football Team traveled to New Lothrop last Friday for a second round playoff with the Hornets. Both teams entered the game undefeated with identical 10-0 records. New Lothrop, the defending Division 7 State Champion had beaten Lainsburg 47-3 in the first round. Beaverton topped Byron 26-6 in their first round game.
The game got away from the Beavers early as the Hornets built a 42-0 lead at halftime on their way to a 42-7 win. “We ran into an outstanding football team tonight and couldn’t find a way to slow them down,” said Coach Aaron Seiser. “The unfortunate thing about the playoffs is that unless you win the State Championship, you end the season with a loss.”
While the defeat may sting for a while the Beavers have nothing to be ashamed of. They completed their first-ever undefeated regular season and successfully defended their Jack Pine Conference Championship. In retrospect the boys will realize just how special this year was. “Losing this game does not define our season”, continued Seiser. “We have a lot to be proud of.”
The time of possession was fairly even and Beaverton actually ran more plays than New Lothrop, but big plays were their downfall. The Hornets had four scoring plays of over 30 yards. Jayvin Balzer led the Beavers in rushing with 95 yards on 17 attempts. Trent Reed rushed for 17 yards and
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passes for 22 yards. Cody Schertz was the leading tackler for Beaverton with 4.5. Luke Demoines and Devin Tilkins had three each.
Beaverton finished the season with a 10-1 record and as Coach Seiser reiterated,
“These boys set a school record for wins, had the first undefeated regular season in school history, and won an outright conference championship.” This year’s seniors have helped build a solid foundation for Beaverton Football, and with the returning talent from the varsity team and a successful junior varsity program the future looks bright.