FALLS CITY – In 2A, you may not always know a lot about your opponent. That’s because many play in a small town, way away from where you are. This week, that won't apply for the Falls City Beavers, as they once again face Burton in the state quarterfinals. This will be the fourth straight year, and eighth time in the last 11, that the teams have played in the knockout rounds. Last year, the Beavers kept De’Mondrick Winters in check for a half with “only” two touchdowns, but, in the second half, he had six on a cold night at Texas State, with snow on the ground.
There won't be snow on the ground when they play on Thursday night at the Alamodome, but Falls City coach Britt Hart knows if they can't shut Winters and quarterback Caleb Harmel down, their hopes of making it back to the semis will freeze away.
“A kid like that you’re never going to stop him," said coachHart. "He’s a [Division I] athlete at the 2A level, and it’s nearly impossible. You have to throw different looks at him, hang on, and wait for the cavalry. Quarterback Caleb Harmel has gotten a lot better. It’s going to be a concern to slow them down.”
The Beavers still have QB Keyshawn Johnson and running back Brady Lyssy. Johnson has over 4,000 all-purpose yards and 55 touchdowns. Lyssy has over 2,000 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns. Burton coach Jason Hodde said his Panthers have to slow them down again to win.
“Second half of last year’s game, we got a few breaks, and once we got up a few scores, Johnson had to throw the ball," saidHodde. "We were able to get up, and they had to play a different game. This year, both guys can run the ball, and Falls City is good up front. We have to avoid giving up secondary yardage, and don’t let them break tackles.”
The Falls City/Burton winner will face the winner of the battle of the 2017 2A champions between Muenster and Mart.
Series History: Falls City leads 4-3 (all playoff meetings)
Last meeting: 12/6/17: Burton 69, Falls City 45. At Texas State, DeMonderick Winters ran for eight touchdowns, and six in the second half, as the Panthers erased a halftime lead to advance to the state semifinals.
Note: This is the fourth straight year the teams have met in the playoffs.
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