BEAVERCREEK — Northmont’s season of woes continued with a 17-7 loss Friday to Beavercreek.
The Beavers pounded the ball on the ground riding to victory mostly on the legs of Tim Bradshaw who rushed for 142 yards on 33 carries and one touchdown. Beavercreek repeatedly ran the ball right at the heart of the Thunderbolts’ defense with Bradshaw battling for hard fought yardage.
Despite Bradshaw’s success running the ball, the Beavers fumbled inside the red zone twice.
The Beavers amassed 223 yards rushing and 27 passing for 250 total yards while limiting the Thunderbolts to 71 yards rushing and 31 passing for 102 total yards.
It was a cold windy night with a steady rain and neither team was able to generate a score the entire first quarter. Beavercreek scored on a 30 yard field goal by Michael Chuck with 11:16 left in the first half.
On Northmont’s next possession Beavercreek linebacker Danny Holstein intercepted a Brenden Reck pass and raced 47 yards for a touchdown. Chuck tacked on the extra point to give the Beavers a 10-0 lead with 9:46 remaining in the first half.
Northmont caught a break when the Beavers fumbled a punt return with the Thunderbolts’ Chuck Saul recovering the ball at the Beavercreek 17 yard line. Three plays later Avery Miliner scored on a six yard run and Ryan Tanto added the extra point to cut the deficit to 10-7.
Neither team found the end zone again until the fourth quarter when Bradshaw plowed his way to pay dirt on a one yard run. Chuck tacked on the point after to make it 17-7.
Beavercreek thwarted a Northmont scoring threat with just over five minutes remaining. Beavers’ defensive back Jack Kowalski intercepted a pass intended for Logan Zerkle in the end zone for a touchback to help preserve the 17-7 win.
With the victory Beavercreek improved to 5-1 overall and 1-0 in division play while Northmont fell to 1-5 and 0-1.
“I really feel bad for our players because we can’t get over the top. They work really hard for me,” said Northmont Coach Tony Broering. “Beavercreek’s option looks like they are running the same play every down but each play is a little different. There was a point in the game when I thought we were getting a handle on Bradshaw, but he is so hard to stop. The conditions tonight were not ideal but that is not what hurt us. What hurt us that we couldn’t run the ball. Our game plan coming in was that we thought we could the edge on them and run the ball on them. When you can’t run the ball it puts a lot of pressure on you to throw it and we are not at that level yet t stand back there and throw it every play. We just can’t do it.”
This week the Thunderbolts will play their homecoming game against division rival Centerville.
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