Ellwood stays close in first half, Tigers prevail in second
Keeping teams that are deemed favorites in "check" is something that underdogs try to do week in and week out. The Wolverines tried to do so against the Tigers of Beaver Falls and seemed to be in the game; however, a strong second half of scoring for the Tigers helped make the scoreboard seem lopsided.
The first quarter consisted of only three drives where both teams had extended possession time, but were not able to finish off their long drives. The second quarter faired differently for the Tigers where Malik Shepherd broke off a Wolverines tackler and was able to take a pass from Austin French for 72 yards to the endzone. The PAT was good by Cody Long and the Tigers were up 7-0. [7-0 BF]
Before the end of the first half, Beaver Falls got another score, this time from Neshaud Akins on an 18 yard run and with the PAT good, the Tigers led at half 14-0. [14-0 BF]
At this point the Wolverines had to feel good for keeping the score close against a team that has dominated them the past couple years. However, the tide turned quickly on the Wolverines as the Tigers came out quick in the second half, scoring at the 10 minute mark of the third quarter where Neshaud Akins added his second score, this time from 31 yards out and PAT by Cody Long made the score 21-0 BF. Ellwood responded with a great drive where Toby Kelly took a 14 yard pass from Jordan Recce into the endzone - PAT by Jonathan Jefferson was good, making it 21-7 BF. [21-7 BF]
Just before the fourth quarter started, Beaver Falls added another score for Neshaud Akins from 15 yards out - PAT by Cody Long was good and heading to the fourth, the Tigers led 28-7. The fourth quarter was fairly close to the dominance the Tigers had in the third, where two more scores were added for Beaver Falls - one by Dalyn Brickner being a 73 yard interception return and the other a 13 yard TD run by Amen Cottrill. Both PAT attempts were good for Cody Long as Beaver Falls ran out the clock, winning 42-7 over the Wolverines. [42-7 BF]
Although Ellwood played well in the first half, the Wolverines were outscored 28-7 in the second half, making the scoreboard look one-sided. Leading the Wolverines on offense was Toby Kelly who had 11 carries for 80 yards and 2 receptions for 23 yards and the lone scoring touchdown for EC. On defense, Andrew O'Brien kept the Tigers in check with 5 solo tackles and a key first half 21 yard interception return that kept the game close.
Up next for the Wolverines 0-3 (0-3) are the Quips of Aliquippa 2-1 (1-1), where EC will try to use that underdog mentality again to keep the score close and hopefully keep momentum into the next week.