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In the offseason Beavercreek knew that they had the pieces to be a very solid squad. However, it remained to be seen whether or not the squad could live up to its potential. The team motto was “ALL IN” and the Battlin’ Beavers were just that.
The players bought into what the coaching staff sold to them and did the right things. The coaches and players were all on the same page with the same goals in mind. When you have a team like that, you have a shot at being pretty good!
Beavercreek plays in one of the toughest public divisions in the state of Ohio, the Greater Western Ohio Conference’s Central Division. Head coach Scott Clodfelter and his staff have changed the culture of Beavercreek football and it is finally paying off.
Let’s take a game-by-game look at Beavercreek Battlin’ Beavers 2012 campaign:
GAME #1 – FAIRFIELD 34, BEAVERCREEK 14: Despite turning the ball over three times before intermission and the defense being forced into defending a short field the entire first half, Beavercreek was up 14-3 at the break. It was the turnover bug and a couple big plays that would cause the Beavers to lose this one. Junior quarterback Mike Berry led the Creek on offense with 122 yards rushing and a touchdown. Airius Moore paced the defense with nine tackles, but it wasn’t enough. This was not the way Beavercreek wanted to start their season.
GAME #2 – BEAVERCREEK 63, CARROLL 0: Coming off a disappointing loss to Fairfield, Beavercreek was out to prove that they were still a good football team. They didn’t only beat their cross-town rival, they dismantled Carroll. The Beavers did not throw one pass, had possession of the football for 31 minutes, had 26 first downs, and racked up 411 total yards on 68 rushing attempts in route to the blowout win. Travis McAfee led the charge with 157 yards on 25 attempts and a touchdown. Moore had three short scores and recovered a fumble in the end zone for another all before intermission. The junior also had an interception. The defense caused all sorts of fits for the Patriots, causing four turnovers with two of those resulting in scores. Defensive back Rickey Ford returned an interception 50 yards for a pick six. Pressure up front was a key in the victory as Chase Mamer recorded 1.5 of the Beavers’ 3.0 sacks. Special teams also had a blocked punt. It was a huge victory and confidence builder for a team still searching to find their true identity.
GAME #3 – HILLIARD DAVIDSON 14, BEAVERCREEK 13: What a tough, physical, and exciting battle played by both teams. The entire first half, the schools were trading possessions back and forth. The defenses were playing great. At halftime they were all knotted up 7-7. No one scored in the third quarter. Hilliard Davidson found the end zone with 4:02 remaining in the contest to make it 14-7. Beavercreek took over possession of the ball with a long field to drive and would use the rare passing attack to move the ball. With 0:23 left Berry hit receiver Zach Shannon on a 9-yard scoring toss. The Beavers sent the PAT team out on the field to tie, but then called a timeout. The Creek decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win. There’s an old saying, “on the road, go for the win; at home go for the tie” and that’s exactly what they did. They put the ball in the hands of Moore, but unfortunately he fell just six inches short. Berry finished the night with 122 yards rushing and while throwing and running for a score. David Tipton caught three passes for 48 yards. That would be the highest receiving yardage by a Beaver all season. Beavercreek showed a lot of character and heart, it just didn’t go their way.
GAME #4 – BEAVERCREEK 29, PIQUA 21: Beavercreek went north to Alexander Stadium to face Piqua in a GWOC crossover matchup. The Beavers stormed to an early 16-7. The Indians would try and make a statement, narrowing the gap to 16-14 at halftime. That was as close as the home team would get. The Creek pulled away after intermission. Moore ran for 124 rushing yards with three touchdowns for the second time in three weeks. The defense was led by DaShawn Scott and Tyler Reasoner who each finished with eight tackles. The unit forced three turnovers with Dekan Ekpo and Styles Hardamon recovering fumbles while Tanner Smallwood had his only interception of the year.
GAME #5 – BEAVERCREEK 44, FAIRBORN 16: Weather proved to be a big factor in this affair. The first half was played on Friday night, but because of a lighting delay the second half was played on Saturday. That didn’t make a difference as it was all Beavercreek in the end. The Beavers had stormed to a 21-7 halftime lead. They would never give up that in route to a 28-point win over Fairborn. The Beavers scored in all three phases of the game. McAfee had a team-high 127 yards rushing on 18 carries and a touchdown. Moore had two short scoring runs. Reasoner was in on 10 tackles for the defense. Jake Young intercepted his only pass of the season and took it 45 yards for a pick six. C.J. Davis had 152 total return yards, including taking a punt return 85 yards to the house for the special teams in a great team win for the Creek.
GAME #6 – NORTHMONT 22, BEAVERCREEK 13: In what would be their only conference loss, Beavercreek could not recover from a couple big plays that they gave up in the first half and found themselves down 15-6 at the break to Northmont in their GWOC Central opener. The Beavers couldn’t seem to recover as the offense and only had 170 yards total, averaging just 2.9 yards on 57 carries. Somehow the Creek did manage to convert 9-of-17 third downs while winning the time of possession battle more than four minutes. It wasn’t enough as they fall for the second time in four contests. Moore scored twice on a pair of 1-yard runs. Ford had 11 tackles and his third interception of the season for the defense.
GAME #7 – BEAVERCREEK 14, WAYNE 13: The last time Beavercreek beat Wayne was 25 years ago back in 1987. The boys from Dayton-Xenia Road would put an end to that losing streak on this magical Friday night. The cold and rainy weather favored the Beavers and their dominating triple-option attack. The Beavers got great balance on the offensive side of the ball, racking up 270 total yards and had possession for 33:06 of the 48:00 minutes on the clock. The Creek ran 31 more plays on offense than their opponent for a 74-31 advantage. Moore scored the team’s only two touchdowns. It was the fourth straight week that the senior had scored at least two rushing touchdowns. The game came down to who executed on special teams. Beavercreek went 2-for-2 on extra points from Kyle Petering. The Warriors failed to convert any extra points. Wayne had a chance to win it with time winding down but a field goal attempt failed. The defense was very solid, eliminating big plays as they ceded just one play of more than 20 yards.
GAME #8 – BEAVERCREEK 35, SPRINGFIELD 20: Beavercreek scored often and early with 35 unanswered points through the first thee quarters. The Creek was well balanced on offense as five different players, Alex Arias, Shaun Hill, Berry, Hardamon and Shannon all finding the end zone. The Wildcats made the affair look closer than it really was with three offensive scores in the games last eight minutes. Davis, Reasoner and Moore came up big for the defense. Davis had an interception and a fumble recovery that was forced by Reasoner. Moore and Ford also had picks for the Beavers.
GAME #9 – BEAVERCREEK 27, CENTERVILLE 21: Coach Clodfelter, his staff, and the team finally got their signature win for the program. Something Beavercreek hasn’t done in a very long time is beat Centerville. The last time it happened was 1985. The Beavers stormed out of the gates to a 20-7 halftime lead over the Elks. The offense couldn’t be stopped. Moore set a school record with a 99-yard run that gave the Creek a 20-point advantage less than four minutes into the third quarter. Moore finished the night with 126 yards rushing and two touchdowns on eight carries. The Beavercreek defense suffocated Centerville all night long. The Elks never quit, but their efforts weren’t enough.
GAME #10 – BEAVERCREEK 11, FAIRMONT 0: This friendly rival turned out just the way Beavercreek had hoped. The Beavers offense chewed the clock up. The defense made stops and special teams executed. The Creek took an early 3-0 lead after a 28-yard field goal from Petering. Fairmont would attempt a field goal just before halftime, but Davis made a great play and blocked it. The senior also had a key interception in the contest. Beavercreek got the lone touchdown of the game when Berry scored from one yard out with under three minutes left in the third stanza. Berry ran in the two-point conversion to make it, 11-0. Reasoner and Ford anchored down the defense. Reasoner had 10 tackles and Ford picked off the Fairmont quarterback, Tom West three times. That gave Ford seven interceptions on the year and 13 for his career. This win secured the GWOC Central title for the Beavers, their first as a member of the conference. It was the first league crown for Beavercreek in football since 1985.
MILESTONES AND MORE:
--Beavercreek won the 2012 GWOC Central League Championship. It was the first league title for the Beavers since 1985. The program registered back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1968-69. The Creek beat Wayne, Centerville and Fairmont all in the same year and that has never happened before. The team was the #1 offense and #1 defense in the GWOC Central.
--Coach Scott Clodfelter was named the 2012 GWOC Coach of the Year and became the football coach with the most wins in Beavercreek history. He is 39-51 in 10 years at the helm for Beavercreek.
--Even though he is only a junior, Airius Moore was selected GWOC Player of the Year as well as a Division I, First-Team All-Southwest District and Second-Team All-Ohio honoree at the linebacker. He finished the year with 70 total tackles, 2.0 sacks, forced three fumbles, recovered a fumble and had two interceptions. On offense, he ran for 512 yards and 14 touchdowns.
--Rickey Ford was named First-Team All-GWOC Central at defensive back for a second straight year. He finished his career with 13 interceptions, 159 interception return yards, two interception returns for touchdowns and 121 total tackles.
--The return of Alex Arias paid big dividends as he ran for 436 yards and three touchdowns on his way to First-Team All-GWOC Central accolades as a senior.
--Senior offensive lineman Eric Kretz really blossomed as he earned First-Team All-GWOC Central honors guiding the Beavers up front. Classmates up front Mark Monroe and Garrett Alcorn were named Second-Team All-GWOC Central members.
--The defense saw lineman RJ Cowans, linebacker Tyler Reasoner and defensive back Young earned Second-Team All-GWOC Central honors. Reasoner, only a junior, led the Beavers with 79 total tackles and two fumble recoveries. Cowans returns next fall to make a great defensive nucleus with Moore and Reasoner.
--He may not have gotten many touches but running back Matt See was rewarded for his blocking abilities with Second-Team All-GWOC Central honors.
--Special Mention All-GWOC Central members include Mike Berry, Styles Hardamon and DaShawn Scott. Berry ran for a team-high 705 yards to go along with his 236 yards passing and five scores on the ground. Defensive linemen Hardamon and Scott combined for 79 total tackles and each had a fumble recovery in their swan song for the orange and black.
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