Beavers, Bears staying positive
Both Oak Glen and Beaver Local head football coaches had an idea what it would take to start their season successfully. Their plans were to keep the score close and have the opportunity to win in the fourth quarter.
Last week coach Jeremy McElroy’s Beavers aided by a Robert Johnston’s 64-yard run, had the ball first and goal at the 3. Down by 7 they needed a touchdown to tie Crestview and force overtime. The Crestview defense turned the Beavers away taking over on downs with 18 seconds to play.
“Any loss is disappointing,” McElroy said. “This one was a little more, we had a shot. But I’m pleased with how we played. We executed our game plan and had a chance at the end. We just didn’t get it done. We progressed as a football team Friday night and that was pleasing.”
Meanwhile, Oak Glen was in a tie game in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter against Edison on Saturday. Sophomore Issac Rosohac recovered an Edison fumble and the Bears put together a closing drive that gave freshmen kicker Colin Williams a chance to end the Bears 13-game losing streak. Williams’ 22-yard kick was good and the Bears celebrated an 17-14 win.
“That last drive took a lot of heart. They wanted the win. This was a great boost for our team,” Oak Glen head coach Ian Whittington said.
The Beavers and Bears will continue with their cross-river rivalry at 7 p.m. Friday night at Oak Glen’s Bears Den. Last year’s contest, held at Beaver Stadium, ended with a 30-7 Beaver win.
Last year Beaver Local tailback Robert Johnston rushed 38 times for 206 yards against Bears. Last week Johnston accounted for 181 of his teams 274 total yards.
“Robert will be a part of our game plan,” coach McElroy said. “I doubt he’ll have 38 carries.”
“We got to watch Oak Glen Saturday,” said McElroy. “I was impressed in how they fought to the very end. They are a different team with Hartley back. The tailback (Alec) Swiger is a hard runner and the wide-out (Micah) Swiger can break one at anytime. They can do some things with Dakota Price that we’ll have to deal with. They use their other players well also. They have some real nice athletes.”
Oak Glens staff also got to watch Beaver Locals opener against Crestview.
“They are a very good football team. Big and aggressive. Their line is impressive and defensively, they tackle well, get to the ball,” Whittington said. “Johnston is an outstanding athlete and their QB is good, they’re a good team. They’re comfortable running the football and we’ll need to find a way to take them out of their comfort zone.”
- Senior Chase Hartley’s first game back for the Bears after last year’s injury was encouraging. Hartley completed 19 of 32 passes for 273 yards. The QB also rushed eight times for 43 yards. He also had an interception.
Beaver Local RB Robert Johnston rushed 25 times for 78 yards. The junior also showed good hands, catching four balls for 103 yards.
Golden Bear senior Micah Swiger scored both Oak Glen touchdowns. Micah returned a punt 82 yards for a score and hauled in a Hartley pass for another 39 yard score.
Junior quarterback Trevore McLaughlin completed 9 of 24 passes for 149 yards with no interceptions for the Beavers. Teammate Bryce Mckenzie recovered a fumble and had an interception.