|Balko Forgan Turpin|
March 19, 2015
Dusters open 2015 with extra inning victory
Linville fans 13 as BHS defeats Turpin 5-4. . .
Junior left hander Andrew Linville recorded 13 strikeouts and delivered the game-winning hit last Thursday afternoon as the Beaver High School baseball team defeated Turpin 5-4 in a varsity contest.
The Dusters (1-0) rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to clutch 2-out hits from seniors Drake Scott, Andrew Jesko and then Linville.
"I praised the complemented the boys for their effort in coming back to win the game," coach David Treadwell said Tuesday morning. "We had lost the game, but they hung in there and kept battling. We do have a bunch of competitors on this team."
On the mound, Linville was dominant, giving up just two walks through the first two innings and five strikeouts. Turpin scored a run in the third on a single, but Linville struck out the side to end the frame. In the fourth, the Cards used a hit and an error to plate two, but Linville retired the last three hitters on strikeouts.
"He did a great job. I would love to have that type of effort in every game he pitches," Treadwell said. "He was definitely outstanding on the mound.
"We also had some seniors who stepped up and helped us win the game.
Beaver trailed by one heading into the bottom of the fifth but tied the game on an RBI single by Jesko. BHS had a runner on third but had a strike out and a ground out to end the inning for Turpin starter Kyler Musgrave, who had seven strikeouts of his own on the mound. At one point in the game, Musgrave retired nine Dusters in a row.
BHS will not play this rest of this week, but will have lots of action in the coming days. On March 23, the Dusters will host Hooker for a doubeheader. Other games upcoming include a home tilt against Moscow, KS and Follett, TX along with the Vici Tournament, the coach said.
"I praised and complimented the boys for their effort in coming back to win the game. We do have a bunch of compeitors on this team." Coach David Treadwell
Lady Dusters open first slow pitch campaign with losses
SHATTUCK - In the first two slow pitch softball games in school history, the Beaver Lady Dusters were given a rude welcoming to the sport by a pair of tradition rich schools here Monday afternoon.
Beaver (0-2) fell to Leedey 14-0 in the first contest, then was defeated 19-2 by the defending state champion Shattuck Lady Indians.
"We didnít do much right," Lady Duster coach Casey Jones said. "In slow pitch, you have to play really good defense and be able to hit the ball to spots. We had good spots of defense, but our hitting has a long ways to go."
Junior Conner Sutton started the opener off with a double down the third base line, but the Lady Dusters went down in order through the next nine hitters.
In the second contest, BHS held Shattuck to no runs in the bottom of the first and had a chance to take the lead in the second.
Beaver did score two runs in the third. Junior Lexi Janko plated sophomore Payton Russell, who singled, and freshman Devyn Lansden, who drew a walk.
March 12, 2015
Dusters fall to champion GHS
in state quarterfinal, finish 20-9
YUKON - After battling top-ranked and two-time defending champion Glencoe to an 11-point match in the first half of Thursdayís Class A state quarterfinal, the third quarter was a different story.
The eventual champion Panthers used a 16-1 spree to start the third quarter in a 94-68 victory over the Dusters. Beaver, back in state for the first time since 2007, ended the season at 20-9 under second-year coach Craig Schlessman.
"They know how to score - no doubt," Schlessman said. "Those boys donít give up. They keep trying and always try to find ways to get better, even when they are down in a game."
Early in the game, the Dusters built a 9-7 lead over the Panthers, but Glencoe used a 13-2 run that made it 23-15 at the end of the first quarter. BHS, led by senior Garrett Weberís 20 points, was only down 39-28 at halftime before the Panthers exploded for 31 points in the third quarter.
BHS sophomore Sergio Quintana got hot in the third period by hitting three treys and finishing with 15 points. Junior Fernando Castillo added 13 points and sophomore Landon Weber had 10. Senior Hadley Skaggs added six, while senior Andrew Jesko and junior Skyler Mills both had one.
"Later in the season, we came together and played a lot better," Schlessman said. "We did have a few trip ups along the way but each game led the way for the goal we set. After we won the Regional it started to become a reality that we could make it to State."
Three Duster seniors played their final game for BHS - Weber, Jesko and Skaggs, a group Schlessman started coaching when they were in fifth grade.
"I started with those guys in fifth grade," the coach said. "They will definitely be missed next year for sure. But, the future looks bright for us - no doubt."
Glencoe ended the 2015 basketball season for the Dusters
Thursday, March 5, 2015
ENID - All the Beaver Dusters needed was a second chance.
After falling to Pond Creek-Hunter here Friday night in the Class A Area I title match - then waiting two full days because of winter weather - BHS clinched its first State Tournament berth since 2007 Monday afternoon with a thrilling 67-63 victory over Panhandle rival Texhoma.
BHS outscored and outlasted the pesky Red Devils, who led by one at the end of the third quarter, with two clutch treys from sophomore Sergio Quintana and made free throws down the stretch. BHS was 22-of-28 in the game and 14-of-20 in the final eight minutes.
Because of weather cancellations across the state, it has not yet been determined who the Dusters (20-8) will face Thursday in the Class A quarterfinals. The bracket and location of the contest will be announced Wednesday. It is likely the Dusters will face two-time champion and top-ranked Glencoe in one of four quarterfinal matches on Thursday.
"The boys always work hard and play with a lot of heart," Schlessman said. "Our boys are pretty patient, and they are good at taking what they are given on the floor."
The Dusters, as they did in the first meeting with Texhoma back in mid-January, got off to a fast start, leading 14-8 after the first quarter. Texhoma outsocred the Dusters 34-27 in the next two periods to lead by one before BHS used a 26-21 run in the fourth to win the game.
Senior Garrett Weber, who was held to just six points in the loss Friday night to Pond Creek, scored 20 points to lead the Dusters. Quintana finished with 15 points, as did fellow sophomore Gunhar Martin. Senior Andrew Jesko added seven, while junior Fernando Castillo and sophomore Landon Weber added seven and six, respectively.
Quintana and Jesko led the Dusters in scoring on Friday with 15 and 12, respectively.
Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
quarter runs propels
SHATTUCK - Down 29-24 going into the final quarter here Saturday night in the Class A Regional title game, the Beaver Dusters needed a spark.
So, coach Craig Schlessman called a timeout early in the fourth and drew up a play. Sophomore Sergio Quintana buried a three pointer - his second of the night - to give the Dusters a spark en route to a 43-37 victory. Quintana finished the night with 12 points, including two in an 8-0 run that blew the game open for BHS, which won the game 43-37 to advance into the schoolís first Area final since 2006.
The Dusters (19-7) also clamped down defensively, holding the Indians to just eight points in the fourth quarter and 14 in the entire second half. Beaver will face Pond Creek-Hunter Friday night in Enid for a chance at the state tournament.
"As our offense has struggled at times, our defense has stepped it up and met the challenge," Schlessman said. "And the boysí intensity has picked up tremendously. They have played with a ton of heart. All those fundamentals you work on donít mean much if you donít have heart and desire and effort."
Beaver, on Thursday, defeated Okeene 46-38 in similar fashion. BHS trailed 33-32 heading into the final quarter but held the Whippets to just five points.
"Going through the winnerís bracket is the best way to go. We have been blessed with the opponents weíve played so far," Schlessman said. "Had we played Laverne or Texhoma again, I am not sure the outcome would have been the same. They both have an edge because they are hungry because we have beaten them once. They want a piece of us. There is still a chance we could meet up with Texhoma again.
"Our Region was the most competitive in the state. And for only one team to come out of the loserís bracket was amazing. It is about making the right plays at the right time."
In Saturdayís game, the Indians had no answer for senior Garrett Weber, who scored a game high 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Junior Fernando Castillo added six, while sophomores Gunhar Martin and Landon Weber both had four apiece.
Lady Dusters eliminated
The Lady Dustersí Regional run didnít last long as BHS was eliminated by Okeene on Thursday in a 55-23 loss.
Senior Shalyn Farrington led the scoring with five points, while junior Lexi Janko added four. Sophomores Payton Russell and Averi Lansden, along with freshman Rebekah Dame, had three points. Junior Melissa Chavez and freshman Jenna Pugh both had two, while freshman Natalie Linville scored one.
BHS finished the season at 9-17.
BHS teams earn Friday night sweep of Laverne
Dusters get 30 from Weber; Freshman Pugh paces girls
After falling to Laverne four times last season - including two in the post-season - the Beaver Duster boys basketball was due for a victory over the Tigers.
And that time was Friday night in the Duster Dome as BHS - behind a 30-point night from senior Garrett Weber - defeated the Tigers 79-71 before the biggest crowd of the season.
"That was a big win for our boys - we havenít beaten Laverne in a long time," Duster coach Craig Schlessman said. "They were all pretty excited about that one. We made a few mistakes last week that we shouldnít have, but the boys are working hard and really starting to play well."
Despite falling behind in the opening minutes, the Dusters led the Tigers at the end of one and never really looked back, leading by seven at the break. Despite a slight push by the Tigers in the third, the Dusters held on - thanks to great free throw shooting down the stretch - for the victory.
Weber, who had 31 last Tuesday in a loss at Boise City, was dominant in the paint. Sophomore Gunhar Martin added 14 points off the bench, and sophomore Landon Weber and junior Fernando Castillo both scored 10. Senior Andrew Jesko, who hit a big three late in the game, added eight and sophomore Sergio Quintana scored seven.
Girls win too
With three players in double figures, the Lady Dusters collected their seventh win in the 48-44 win over the Lady Tigers.
Freshman Jenna Pugh led way with 16 points (and 19 rebounds), senior Shalyn Farrington added 12 and sophomore Averi Lansden scored 11, along with eight rebounds.
"I would like to see that more often," Jones said of his victory. "When they put the pressure on us in the last quarter, we didnít respond very well. We had 19 turnovers in the game, and that is too many."
Beaver (7-13) led by as many as five in the final minute, but the Lady Tigers stormed back to within one but never regained the lead.
Junior Alexis Janko added seven for the Lady Dusters, and freshman Rebecca Dame scored two. BHS made just 13-of-37 shots from the floor and were 3-of-10 from beyond the arch. The Lady Dusters were also 13-of-30 at the free throw line.
Pugh and Lansden led the team in scoring in a loss to Boise City last Tuesay with seven and six points, respectively. Both had eight rebounds.
BHS played at Southwestern Heights on Tuesday and will host Balko on Friday for senior night. On Feb. 10 Beaver will travel to Hooker for the final game of the regular season. The District Tournament will be played in Beaver on Feb. 13-14.
Dusters win Buffalo Tournament with 6th straight win
BUFFALO - It appears the Beaver High School boys basketball team its hitting its peak - just at the right time. The Dusters won their sixth straight game here Saturday in the finals of the Buffalo Tournament, beating a pesky Waynoka team 61-55.
Beaver (13-5) trailed 16-7 at the end of the first quarter and 33-31 at halftime, but dominated the second half, outscoring the Rails 32-24. Even with senior MVP Garrett Weber on the bench, the Dusters hit big free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
"It was a good tournament, " Duster coach Craig Schlessman said. "I am proud of the boys and how they are playing right now."
Junior Fernando Castillo, also an All-Tournament selection, led the team with 19 points. Senior Andrew Jesko added 13 and sophomore Landon Weber had 12. Garrett Weber scored nine, and sophomores Gunhar Martin (6) and Sergio Quintana (4) also reached the scoring column.
BHS beat Hardesty 95-33 in the opener and smoked Fargo 83-65 in the semifinals.
Girls place 4th
After winning the opener against the host Lady Bison, the Lady Dusters suffered losses on Friday and Saturday. BHS saw its record dip to 6-12 with defeats to Fort Supply and Hardesty.
"It is disappointing," BHS coach Casey Jones said. "We had a seven point lead on Saturday with two minutes to go. Our shot selection and turning it over too many times has been our downfall. We will keep working hard in practice."
Senior Shalyn Farrington was selected for the all-tournament team.
The Beaver teams will host Laverne on Friday.
BACK IN ACTION - Beaver and Forgan went back to basketball play after Christmas break Saturday night in Bullard Gymnasium with the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs both earning wins. Forgan freshman Destiny Alston drives to the bucket in the girls contest, won 43-19 by Forgan.
Bulldog junior Cody Matthews puts in a reverse layup in the boys game, won by Forgan 74-45
STRONG TO THE HOLE - Lady Duster junior Lexi Janko takes the ball strong to the bucket during Friday nightís contest against Booker in the Duster Dome. Janko scored a career high 15 points in the game for the Lady Dusters, who moved to 3-5 with a 50-24 victory over Booker. (Photo courtesy of Panhandle Illustrated)
NOT IN MY HOUSE - Duster sophomore Landon Weber sends a shot of a Booker player to the stands during last Friday nightís game in the Duster Dome. BHS moved to 5-3 with a 61-37 rout. (Photo courtesty of Panhandle Illustrated)
BHS hoop teams end
2014 with sweep
Dusters roll Kiowas 61-37; Lady Dusters earn third win
Christmas came a little early for the Beaver High School basketball teams Friday night in the Duster Dome in the form of a sweep over Booker.
Coach Craig Schlessmanís Dusters ended the first semester with a 61-37 shellacking of the Kiowas, moving to 5-3 overall. And coach Casey Jonesí Lady Dusters earned their third win of the season with a 50-24 win.
In the boys game, senior Garrett Weber had a huge night, scoring 21 points and pulling down 21 rebounds for the Dusters. Weber sat for much of the final quarter as well. Junior Fernando Castillo added 14 points and nine boards, while sophomore Sergio Quintana added eight points in his first varsity start of the season. Senior Andrew Jesko scored seven, while sophomore Landon Weber added six. Sophomore Gunhar Martin added three, while sophomore Preston Yates had two.
Beaver led 15-10 after the first quarter, but blew the game open with a 21-2 spree in the second and a 16-7 run in the third quarters.
"We played pretty well in the middle quarters," Schlessman said. "We came alive. One of their kids got into foul trouble, and that helped us quite a bit. I am pretty content right now, but not extremely happy. I think there are a couple of games we should have won."
In the girls game, junior Lexi Janko scored a career high 15 points - including a 7-of-8 evening at the free throw line. Senior Shalyn Farrington also had 15 for the Lady Dusters, who ended the first portion of the schedule at 3-5.
"We can go into Christmas with a smile on our face," Jones said. "We can get back next week ready to play and practice. We will have a scrimmage on Tuesday so we can find some other things to work on.
"I was pleased - especially with Lexi stepping up. I have been expecting it all year, and I hope it continues."
BHS outscored Booker 22-8 in the second quarter and blew the game open. Sophomore Averi Lansden added eight points and seven boards. Freshman Rebecca Dame added three, while junior Melissa Chavez, sophomore Kaitlin Dame, freshmen Devyn Lansden and Jenna Pugh and sophomore Bree Hoover all had two. Sophomore Payton Russell added one.
Dusters at Mooreland
GET IT OUT - Duster sophomore Gunhar Martin blocks the shot of a Fort Supply player during a game Friday at the Mooreland Holiday Classic. BHS reached the finals and lost to the host Bearcats.
TOUGH DEFENSE - Lady Duster freshman Devyn Lansden (23) and junior Alexis Janko trap a Fort Supply player near the halfline during Saturday morningís game at the Mooreland Holiday Classic. BHS won 33-24.
Dusters reach tourney finals
MOORELAND - Even with three players in double figures here Saturday night, the Beaver Duster boys basketball team was unable to overcome a hot shooting Mooreland team in the finals of the Holiday Classic.
Beaver, which won games over Gruver, Waukomis and Fort Supply last week, saw its record dip to 4-3 overall under coach Craig Schlessman.
"The difference in the game on Saturday was Moorelandís shooting," Schlessman said. "The boys fought hard, best we could, but we were not able to win. We are getting better every day - thatís the process of it all."
Senior all-tournament selection Garrett Weber led the way for the Dusters with 20 points. Junior Fernando Castillo added 14 and sophomore Sergio Quintana added 12 off the bench. Also, sophomore Landon Weber was selected to the all-tournament squad.
After dropping the first two games of the Holiday Classic, the Lady Dusters picked up their second win of the season Saturday morning with a 33-24 win over Fort Supply to improve to 2-5 overall.
Sophomore Brianna Hoover led the charge with 11 points, while sophomore Averi Lansden added nine. Freshman Jenna Pugh scored eight. Juniors Conner Sutton and Lexi Janko added three and two.
"I am really disappointed, but we are going to go back to work and try and get better every day," Lady Duster coach Casey Jones said. "I have to find ways to help us. It is not going well right now. We will have a few good days of practice this week before the break. I hope we can go into Christmas feeling good about ourselves and work hard during the break.
"We are not playing well right now."
Both Beaver teams will finish the 2014 portion of the regular season at home Friday night against Booker. The Duster teams will return to action after the break on Jan. 3 by traveling to Forgan.
Sergio Quintana looks to pass the ball during Buffalo game. Dusters won 73-47
BUFFALO - Both Beaver High School basketball teams earned the first wins of the 2014-15 season here last Tuesday.
The Beaver Lady Dusters (1-1) defeated the Lady Bison 43-36, and the Dusters (1-1) were big 73-47 winners.
In the girls game, the Lady Dusters got off to a fast start, leading 10-2 in the early moments. However, junior point guard Conner Sutton had to exit the game with foul problems as Buffalo outscored Beaver 24-12 over the next 9 minutes.
However, Beaver went on a 21-10 run in the second half to seal the win. Sophomore Biranna Hoover led the way with 12 points. Sophomore Averi Lansden added 11 and seven boards, while senior Shalyn Farrington scored seven had had eight boards. Freshman Jenna Pugh scored five; junior Lexi Janko had three - as did Sutton - and freshman Devyn Lansden scored two.
The Dusters had four players in double digits. Senior Garrett Weber and junior Fernando Castillo both had 14, while senior Andrew Jesko scored 12 and sophomore Gunhar Martin added 11.
Senior Shalyn Farrington drives to the bucket during the Lady Duster's first game with Hooker
BHS hoop teams drop openers to Hooker
Fouls ruled the night Friday in the Duster Dome as the Beaver High School basketball team dropped a pair of games to Hooker.
In the girls game, Hooker earned a 55-33 victory, and the Bulldogs defeated the Dusters by a score of 65-52. Both teams played at Buffalo Tuesday night prior to the Thanksgiving break Thursday and Friday.
The Lady Bulldogs outscored BHS 31-14 in the first half thanks mostly to cold shooting and 16 turnovers in that span. Beaver finished the night with 24 turnovers and was just 9-of-25 from the free throw line.
Sophomore Averi Lansden led the way with nine points and 11 rebounds, while senior Shalyn Farrington scored eight points along with seven boards.
"I am not seeing too many bright points right now. Whether you are young or old, we have been practicing for over a month now," Lady Duster coach Casey Jones said. "We have to grow up and play more physical and definitely smarter.
"I wasnít too pleased after watching film. There are a lot of things we need to work on and correct. The effort was there, especially the kids coming off the bench. We have to be smarter with what we are doing and take care of the ball. Twenty-four turnovers does not cut it. Hooker didnít press much, but a lot of our turnovers were unforced. There were bright spots at times. We are going to keep working hard in practice."
Sophomore Brianna Hoover and freshman Devyn Lansden both added four points, while freshman Jenna Pugh and sophomore Kaitlin Dame had three. Junior Conner Sutton scored two for the Lady Dusters, who were just 10-of-47 from the floor on the night.
After getting off to a quick start (leading 18-7 at the end of the first quarter), the Dusters got into serious foul trouble in the second quarter. Hooker took advantage with a 16-10 run in the second quarter and a 42-24 advantage in the second half.
Senior Garrett Weber (6-6) fouled out of the game on a questionable call. Senior Andrew Jesko also fouled out late in the game as did sophomore Gunhar Martin.
"This year they (OSSAA) told the officials to make a point of emphasis on fouling. We didnít learn, the Hooker girls didnít learn and the Beaver boys didnít learn. I talked to the kids before the game that they are going to call a lot of fouls," Jones said.
Junior Fernando Castillo led the way for the Dusters with 15 points, while Weber had 13. Sophomores Sergio Quintana and Landon Weber both had eight, while Martin added seven. Sophomore Preston Yates scored 1 for the Dusters, who were 7-of-20 from the line. Hooker, meanwhile, was 29-of-45 at the free throw stripe.
"We got into foul trouble, which is a bad deal for us," Duster coach Craig Schlessman said. "We donít have the depth to be able to get out of that.
"It was tough. The kids played hard, but we were just not very disciplined. We have to get better with our discipline on defense."
2014 Duster Football schedule
Dusters fall to MHS, finish season at 5-5
Beaver High School football coach Mike McVay had a bad feeling that the Mooreland Bearcats would be able to run over his smaller Dusters Friday night in the 2014 season finale.
While it didnít happen much in the first half - as the Dusters trailed just 14-8 at the break - the ĎCats used a ground and pound attack in a 42-8 District A-1 victory. Beaver finished the 2014 season with a 5-5 mark, the best team record since 2010ís 9-2.
"They did what I was afraid they would do - line up and run over us," McVay said. "They were bigger and stronger. We were worried about matching up physically going in. They finally figured it out, and that ate the clock up. It put us in the position to have to make big plays."
After Mooreland went ahead 14-0 early in the second quarter, the Dusters - as they did all season - bounced back with a long TD drive. A 12-play excursion ended at the 6:05 mark of the second quarter when senior quarterback Andrew Jesko hit junior Chayce Davidson for a 20-yard score. Senior Jacob Hobgood ran in the conversion, making it 14-8.
Mooreland, though, scored twice in the third and twice in the fourth to put the game away, wiping the Dusters out of the playoff chase.
"It was a step forward," McVay said. "Our kids were disappointed to not get into the playoffs, which is always the goal. We made a good run at it with some ups and downs. We are a young team with lots of people coming back. We have a bright future if everyone will get back to work and remember that awful feeling we had on Friday night."
Five seniors played their final game for the Dusters on Friday: Hadley Skaggs, Andrew Jesko, Jacob Hobgood, Javier Murietta and Tyler Steele.
October 31, 2014
Oct. 24, 2014
Thomas 40, Beaver 6
Going into Friday nightís District A-1 battle with the highly touted Thomas Terriers, Duster coach Mike McVay knew his team was in for a battle.
As it turned out, he was right as Thomas defeated Beaver 40-6 at Tom McVay Stadium. BHS, which can still get into the playoffs with wins in its last two games, fell to 4-4 overall and to 2-3 in conference play. The Dusters visit winless Sayre this Friday night.
"They were as good as advertised," McVay said. "Our kids played really hard, but we were outmanned in almost every area. Good teams like that are going to win a lot of football games. We have nothing to be ashamed of. We would have like to have been closer, but they just had better talent. Our effort was really good, which we hope will carry over to this week."
Thomas scored twice in the opening quarter and led just 20-0 early in the second quarter. However, the Terriers scored twice in the final 1:09 of the second to take a 34-0 lead into halftime.
Beaver, which had just 91 yards on the night, did score late in the third on a 13-yard TD pass from senior quarterback Andrew Jesko to senior end Jacob Hobgood.
October 16, 2014
HOOKER - Sometimes, high school football teams just have one of those nights where nothing goes right.
That was the case here Thursday for the Beaver Dusters in a 47-16 loss to Hooker in a key District A-1 matchup. BHS, which fell to 4-3 overall and to 2-2 in conference play, had a rough go from the start. Even when the Dusters got to within 20-16 late in the second quarter, the Bulldogs seized momentum with a long TD pass en route to a 28-16 lead at halftime.
"It started off bad for us early and continued late," BHS coach Mike McVay said. "I was really disappointed in the outcome of the game and how we played. I thought we matched up better with them than what we showed. I feel bad for our kids, our coaches and our fans. We needed to have a better showing than that.
"It was 14-0 and we made it a game at 14-8. And when it was 20-16 we thought we were on an even keel. We gave up a big long pass that took the momentum for them into halftime. We fumbled on our first play of the second half."
With the Bulldog defense staking the line of scrimmage, the Dusters were able to generate just 84 yards on the ground on 42 attempts. BHS did throw for 91 yards on six completions. Hooker racked up 229 on the ground and 214 through the air.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior Dee Alston and junior Skyler Mills led the charge with nine tackles apiece. Sophomore Tomas Konkel and junior Chayce Davidson both had seven tackles.
Which Hooker team will
Dusters see in key week
seven game Thursday?
HOOKER - So far through the 2014 football season, Duster coach Mike McVay has seen two versions of the Hooker Bulldogs, the team BHS will face here Thursday night in a key District A-1 contest.
Thereís the Bulldog team that played top-ranked Hollis to a 28-20 game, then the team that was mauled last Friday by Mooreland, 50-6.
Either way, McVay thinks his team will have their hands full come game time. A victory for the Dusters, who moved to 4-2 and 2-1 with a 26-21 win over Texhoma, would put them right in the middle of the playoff conversation.
"I have seen two versions of this Hooker team. In the game against Hollis, they looked like a million dollars. And, in the Mooreland game, they looked the opposite," McVay said. "I do know that they have some great athletes. They apparently come out to play last week. They are going to spread us out and stack up front defensively. Our game plan is the same. Control the ball offensively and not give up big plays on defense."
While a win over Hooker would not necessarily clinch a spot in the playoffs, McVay knows his team needs to stay focused on the chore at hand.
"We have some tough games ahead, but for us to get a playoff berth we need to win three of the next four," McVay said. "We would like to win all four, and that is going to be our goal.
"The attitudes are good and are having fun. The success will continue to grow. They are a fun group of kids to be around."
BHS gets first win over
On a cold and damp evening Friday, the Beaver High School football team pulled off its biggest victory in several seasons - a 26-21 win over rival Texhoma before a sparse crowd at Tom McVay Stadium.
The Dusters, who had not beaten the Red Devils since the 2010 campaign, improved to 4-2 overall and to 2-1 in conference play. BHS is now smack in the middle of the Class A playoff conversation.
"Our kids responded well and played with a lot of heart and desire and did the things necessary to win," Duster coach Mike McVay said. "I give the kids all of the credit. They sure did a great job."
After trailing 21-14 at halftime, the Dusters played lights out on both sides of the ball, stopping Texhoma twice deep in BHS territory and scoring a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to seal the game. Junior Cody Mathews iced the contest when he picked off a Texhoma pass with just under a minute left to play.
After the Dusters took a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter, Texhoma found its groove offensive with two scores - including the go ahead touchdowns with just 29 seconds before halftime.
In the third, both teams traded possessions and punches with neither team able to reach the end zone. That all changed on the first play of the fourth when senior quarterback Andrew Jesko scored on a 1-yard run to make it 21-20 in favor of the guests. Just two minutes later - after avoiding disaster on a botched snap on a punt - the Dusters scored again on a nice 2-yard run by Mathews, making it 26-21.
Mathews was the offensive leader for the Dusters, rushing for 145 yards on 30 totes in the absence of senior Hadley Skaggs, who is out for the season with a knee injury. The Dusters - despite Texhoma stacking the box - had their way in the run game in the second half. Junior Skyler Mills added 21 yards on seven carries.
Texhoma actually finished with more yards offensively (239-169) but found little to no success in the pass game in the second half. The Devils rushed for 101 yards and threw for 138. The Dusters, also, avoided the turnover bug that plagued them in a loss last week at Fairview.
"We had a couple of big defensive stands in the second half," McVay said. "We fumbled a snap on a punt that put them deep and gave them great field position. They were back down there again later in the game. We started grinding it out and eventually just wore them out up front. The backs ran hard, and Cody made a great play on the interception to seal it. It was a great team effort all the way around."
Jesko led the charge defensively for the Dusters with 12 total tackles. Junior Dee Alston added 10 stops, while sophomore Preston Yates collected 9. Sophomore Tomas Konkel added eight, while Junior Logan Lemiuex recorded seven, McVay said.
Beaver will hit the road on Thursday for yet another important District A-1 contest against the Hooker Bulldogs, who were mauled Friday 50-6 by Mooreland. Game time is set for 7 p.m. (See preview on page 7 of this weekís newspaper)
Fairview scores 3 TDís
in final 2:17 of first half;
BHS falls to 3-2, 1-1
FAIRVIEW - Three touchdowns in the final 2:17 of the first half spelled defeat for the Beaver High School football team here Friday night in a 30-0 loss to Fairview in a District A-1 contest.
Beaver fell to 3-2 overall and to 1-1 in conference play. The Dusters managed just 109 yards in the contest, playing without senior tailback Hadley Skaggs, who injured his knee in the homecoming win over Burns Flat.
The game was just 7-0 in favor of the hosts when disaster struck in the final 2:17. After a long drive resulted in a TD, the Jackets were up 14-0 just before halftime. However, a pick six just 35 seconds later and a Hail Mary with 2.7 ticks left made it 27-0 at halftime. The teams played close in the second half with only a Yellowjacket field goal midway through the fourth.
"We were definitely in the game until those final two minutes of the first half," BHS coach Mike McVay said. "We just had a hard time getting anything going offensively. The kids played hard, no doubt, on both sides of the ball.
"We will go back to work this week and try to fix our mistakes and get ready for a tough game against Texhoma."
Junior Cody Mathews led the offense on Friday with 75 yards on 19 totes. Defensively, the Dusters were led by junior Skyler Mills, who recorded 10 tackles. Junior Dee Alston and sophomore Tomas Konkel each had nine stops.
Dusters set to face
Yellowjackets in key
Mathews races for 151,
4TDs in homecoming rout; Skaggs injured
With a huge homecoming crowd on hand on a perfect evening for
football, the Beaver Dusters delivered a special treat for attendees with a 50-6
blowout over Burns Flat.
After suffering their first loss of the year on Friday, the
Beaver Dusters will return home on Friday for homecoming against Burns Flat-Dill
City. Gametime is 7 p.m.
Skaggs, Jesko account for 3 TDís each in
50-0 shellacking of Syracuse
BHS, now 2-0 on the season, overcame a bit of a rough start but put 36 points on the board in the second and third quarters.
"It was a good win, even if we were slow out of the gate," Duster coach Mike McVay said. "They were stacking the front on us, but we finally got to clicking.
"We are still young in a lot of areas but are getting better. We got to rolling Friday and everything started going well. We ended the game with a lot of confidence. It was extra nice because it was our second shutout in a row."
Skaggs, despite facing 10 Syracuse defenders within five yards of the line of scrimmage,
finished the night with 167 yards on just 15 carries. He scored on runs of 5, 34 and 70 on the night.
And Jesko, the Duster quarterback, took full advantage of the defensive alignment and tossed TD strikes to junior Chayce Davidson (62 yards) and senior Jacob Hobgood (55 yards). He also scored on a 6-yard bootleg play late in the third quarter.
Sophomore Tomas Konkel also hit paydirt late in the game on a 10-yard TD run. The conversion run from freshman Ryder Linville made it 50-dot.
Beaver was definitely equally dominant on the stat sheet, outgaining the Bulldogs 446-47 on the night. The Dusters racked up 329 yards on the ground and 117 in the air. Syracuse was limited to just 10 total rush yards on 32 plays and 37 pass yards.
Junior Skyler Mills added 69 yards on four carries - including a 50-yard run that set up the first Duster TD. And Konkel had 62 total yards on the ground.
In all, seven Duster players had carries on the night, McVay said.
Defensively, the Dusters were led by junior Dee Alston who had 12 total tackles. Mills added 11 stops, while Hobgood recorded nine. The Dusters added a pair of interceptions on the night as well, one by junior Cody Matthews and the other by Jesko.
Six turnovers doom Dusters
HOLLIS - Going into Fridayís game here against the defending state champion Tigers, Duster coach Mike McVay knew it would be a stern test for his undefeated squad.
He was right as the Tigers rolled to a 55-0 victory. Beaver fell to 2-1 on the season, but will return home this Friday for a homecoming battle against the winless Burns Flat-Dill City Eagles.
"They are every bit as good as they were last year. They have good size up front and have speed in the back," McVay said. "That is a deadly combination. We didnít match up real well, but at the same time we didnít give them our best shot. Anytime you have six turnovers, it is tough to win - no matter who you are playing. It was a tough night, one that we will learn from. We need to go back to work and improve."
Early on, the Dusters look to stay in the game. BHS punted on its first drive of the game, but the Duster defense held the Tigers to a punt. However, that is when the turnovers started happening. Hollis took advantage of those, scoring its first two touchdowns after to take a 14-0 advantage.
Then, the Tigers turned to the big play, scoring on passes of 28, 40 and 60 along with runs of 60 and 83. Beaver trailed 35-0 at the half and 49-0 at the end of the third.
Duster senior Hadley Skaggs was bottled up all night, gaining just 45 yards on 20 attempts. Junior Cody Mathews had 39 yards on five carries, and senior quarterback Andrew Jesko had 35 yards on five totes as well. Beaver had just 153 yards on 49 snaps.
BRING EM OUT!- Walking arm in arm, the Beaver High School football team walks on to the field prior to Friday nightís season opener. The Dusters routed Stanton County 46-0.
TO THE HOUSE - Duster senior tailback Hadley Skaggs races to the corner for a touchdown on the first BHS play of the night. Skaggs finished with 149 yards on just 15 carries in the Dustersí 46-0 victory. Beaver will play Friday at Syracuse, KS.
Dusters Defeat Stanton County
From the first play of the game to the final whistle, the Beaver High School football team left no doubt in the 2014 season opener Friday night at Tom McVay Stadium.
The scoreboard said it all: Dusters 46, Guest 0.
From scoring on the first play of scrimmage to not allowing the Trojans a first down until the third quarter, this game belonged to coach Mike McVayís team.
"It is a good way to start. The weather played a major factor but our kids adjusted pretty well," McVay said. "We had a couple of mistakes, but overall the weather was in our favor. It forced them to run against them, and we did a great job against them.
"Most of their yardage came in the final six or seven minutes. Hopefully, this will be a spring board for our kids to go back to work and continue to improve."
Duster senior Hadley Skaggs started right where he left off the end of the 2013 season (300-plus yards and six touchdowns in a win over Turpin) by racing 51 yards on the first BHS play of the night. Skaggs finished the game with 149 yards on just 15 carries.
Junior Cody Matthews reached the end zone around three minutes later on a 2-yard run as the Dusters led 16-0 with 6:16 left in the first quarter. Then lightning struck again late in the second as the Dusters scored twice in less than two minutes.
Senior quarterback Andrew Jesko went 10 yards untouched on a quarterback draw to make it 22-0. Just two plays later, junior Skyler Mills picked up a Trojan fumble took it to the house with 3:42 to play before halftime as the Dusters led 30-0.
The scoring started again for the Dusters as Matthews took a punt return 60 yards for a TD with 7:12 to go in the third. BHS scored on offense, defense and special teams in this wet victory. Then, on the first play of the third quarter, Skaggs raced in from the 1-yard run to make it 46-0.
Defensively, the Dusters were just as dominant, allowing the Trojans just 82 yards in the entire rainy contest. Sophomore Tomas Konkel, Skaggs and junior Dee Alston led the team with 10 tackles apiece.
As Beaver High School football coach Mike McVay preps for his 20th year with the Dusters, the excitement of a new season never goes away.
BHS, 2-8 a year ago, will open 2014 this Friday night at home against Stanton County, KS. Kickoff at Tom McVay Stadium is 7 p.m. (as are all games this year).
"It is always something to look forward to," McVay said. "The kids are walking around this week with some pep and looking forward to kicking it off as are our coaches and fans.
"It is a home game, and I hope for a great atmosphere."
All three Beaver County teams will open the season on Friday. Balko will host Moscow, KS and Turpin will travel to Tyrone.
Beaver scrimmaged on Friday against OBA at Woodward with mixed results.
Football teams from across the state - and in Beaver County - will make final preparations this weekend for the upcoming season openers next Friday (Sept. 5).
Balko and Turpin will scrimmage each other on Thursday on Kramer Field in Balko, while the Beaver Dusters will travel to Woodward to take on Oklahoma Bible Academy, Alva and the Woodward JV.
Reviews were mixed for both Turpin and Balko from scrimmages last weekend. Both Bison coach Rusty Thomas and Turpinís Justin Hanna reported good and bad at their teamís first outings.