The varsity football team welcomed the Beavercreek Beavers to Centerville Stadium on Friday for Senior Night. They knew a win would give them the outright NL East title as well as the probable #1 seed in the Division I, Region 3 playoffs. Prior to the game, this year’s senior class was honored on the field along with their parents and families.
As soon as the game got underway, the rain started to fall. Mixed with a very chilly 48 degrees at kickoff, the conditions were less than ideal. After turning it over on their first possession, the Elks rebounded and drove the length of the field. Senior quarterback Alec Grandin hit senior wide receiver Jake Spiewak with a swing pass and the versatile receiver took it all the way home, diving over the Beavercreek defenders to cover the final three yards. Brandon Walters added the PAT to give the Elks a 7-0 lead with 6:13 left in the first quarter. As the weather continued to impact both teams, that score would hold up through the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, the Elks drove all the way to the Beavers’ three yard line, but were unable to punch it in. Walters drilled a 20-yard field goal to extend the Elks lead to 10-0 with 6:56 left in the first half. There was no more scoring and the two teams headed to their respective locker rooms to make adjustments and try to dry out a little with the Elks holding a 10-0 lead.
In the third quarter, the Elks had the Beavers pinned deep in their own end and were able to get a safety to increase their lead to 12-0 with 4:15 left. Following the ensuing free kick, the Elks put the game on ice when Grandin and Spiewak hooked up again, this time for a 68-yard touchdown pass. Walters’ PAT gave the Elks a 19-0 lead with just 2:49 left in the third quarter. That would be the score as the two teams changed ends of the field for the final twelve minutes.
The Elks defensed continued to throttle the Beavers and Grandin and Spiewak hooked up one more time from 25 yards out to complete the trifecta on senior night. Walters’ PAT made the score 26-0 with just 3:09 left in the game. From there, the defense would slam the door one final time and allow the offense to run out the clock. The defense was so dominant Friday night as they held the Beavers to just 83 total yards and six first downs.
The win secured the outright GWOC NL East title for the Elks and the coveted #1 seed in the DI, Region 3 playoffs.
Now 9-1 on the year and a perfect 4-0 in division play, the Elks open the playoffs at home on Friday night when they welcome in the #8 seed Hilliard Darby. Kickoff is set for 7:30 PM at Centerville Stadium. All fans are reminded that no passes are accepted for the playoffs and everyone must have a ticket to enter. Presale tickets are $8 per person and all tickets at the gate the night of the game are $9. Presale will be available at the CHS Athletic Office Tuesday-Friday of this week from 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM.