Beavers fall short to Tigers in home-opener

by Preston Crompton

Press Staff Writer

The American Falls Beaver’s varsity football team came out Friday, Aug. 26, ready to take on their rival Aberdeen, in a game that would include a lot of runs. Aberdeen runs a double-wing offense that allows for big holes and running room for the ball-carrier and that was evident as American Falls lost 26-16.

During the first half, the Beavers went down 7-0 after the first quarter and managed to score before the half to make it 8-7, in American Falls’ favor. Holding onto that lead proved to be too much for this young team.

“Our defense was alright. We had some injuries in the second half that made our numbers even shorter to finish the game. We had some injuries in the JV game as well that made it so they couldn’t play Friday,” said head coach Tony Cade.

The injuries he was referring to were Russell Adkins, in the game Friday, and Preston Putnam, in the JV game Thursday. Putnam was set to play cornerback during the varsity game, but because of a hit to the back, he had to sit the game out, as a precautionary.

The Beavers managed to create 174 yards of total offense, with 130 of those yards coming from Luis Cervantes who is part of a “thunder and lightning” package with Russell Adkins.

“Those two are like thunder and lightning. We get big plays from both of those guys and it makes it hard when they both have to play defense and in some sets, line up out at wide receiver. Those two are still learning that spot, but they give us an impact at the tailback position,” added Cade….

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