Beavers ruin Eagle homecoming, 20-14
Farwell stormed out of the gate to take a two score lead over visiting Beaverton Friday night, however the Beavers had the last laugh, pulling off a 20-14 comeback win to ruin the Eagle’s homecoming night.
“We had over 350 yards of offense and only put 14 points on the board,” Farwell head coach Alan Esterline said. “ We had our chances, we just couldn’t get it done. I was proud of the effort, the kids played hard, we just couldn’t capitalize when we had our chances.”
Farwell opened the scoring just two minutes into the Jack Pine Conference game on a 49 yard touchdown run by Noah Wilson, with Mitch Nordstrom kicking the extra point to make it 7-0.
Wilson scored again with 11:28 to play in the second quarter, with Nordstrom booting in the extra point to put Farwell up 14-0.
Beaverton scored on two long pass plays to tie the game at 14-14 at the half and the Beavers scored the game winner on a 20 yard touchdown pass from Scotty Longstreth to Austin Schneider with just six seconds left to play.
After a Beaverton squib kick gave Farwell the ball on their own 48, the Eagles attempted two desperation passes, both falling incomplete.
Esterline noted stalled drives late in the second quarter and another in the third that went almost 90 yards yet failed to pick up points after fumbling the ball away.
“We just have to work on hanging onto the ball,” Esterline said. “It’s not often that you drive 85 yards and walk away with nothing. We put the ball onto the ground two times when we needed to hang on to it.”
Wilson finished with 179 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries, Keegan Rohdy ran 13 times for 92 yards and Jake Turner ran 18 times for 64 yards.
The Eagle defense was led by Ryan Simmons and Kris Lamerand with four tackles apiece.
Farwell (2-4 overall, 0-4 JPC) hosts Gladwin (4-2, 3-1) on Friday. The Flying G’s topped Meridian 42-24 last week and won last year’s meeting with Farwell 20-0.
“Gladwin is an awful good football team,” Esterline said. “They’re big and physical and we’re going to have to step up to the plate and hit hard and lay everything out on the field and see how it rolls out. If we can take care of a few mistakes and hold onto the ball I think we’ll definitely be competitive with them.”