Two games, two wins for Beaver Dam High as the Diamondbacks are off to a successful start to the 2018 campaign.
The D-Backs, who have already exceeded their win total from last season, jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in rolling past visiting Mountain View Christian School of Las Vegas, 38-6, Friday afternoon at the Snake Pit.
The non-league contest was the home opener for BDHS which kicked off its season the previous week with a 40-14 road victory over Arizona rival Fredonia.
“I’m very happy with everyone,” BDHS first-year coach Steve Feick said. “These kids have been working hard. I like the way we’ve been playing. We’ve got good balance and good leadership.”
One reason for the turnaround from last season’s one-win total is depth. The Diamondbacks dressed only nine to 10 players for games last year, which is cutting it close for eight-man football.
“It’s hard with those numbers,” Feick said. “We had kids playing the whole game without any rest. It just wore them down. They weren’t having much fun.”
By contrast, Beaver Dam had 17 players suited up to play on Friday, with two more players expected to join the program soon.
“Kids don’t have to play all the time now, we can give them a rest,” Feick said. “We can get kids into the game and give them a chance to play. The kids are having fun. I’m happy with the direction of the program.”
The Diamondbacks used a turnover to swing things in their favor early against MVCS.
The Saints took the opening kickoff and drove to the BDHS 22-yard line. Things changed quickly when a tipped MVCS pass was intercepted by Beaver Dam’s Cesar Soto at the 10. The junior returned the pick 34 yards.
On the next play, senior running back Tanner Reber swept around the left side breaking several tackles on his way to the end zone to cap a 56-yard touchdown run. Reber ran in the two-point conversion putting the D-Backs up 8-0 at the 8:19 mark of the opening quarter.
“Tanner is an amazing player,” Feick said. “He had a really nice game.”
On Beaver Dam’s next possession, junior running back Azzario Sepulveda ran 18 yards for a touchdown and Reber added the conversion to up the lead to 16-0.
On the ensuing possession, Reber picked off a MVCS pass and returned it 40 yards to the Saints’ 10-yard line. Four plays later, Reber bullied in from three yards out for the score while Sepulveda adding the conversion boosted the BDHS advantage to 24-0 with 59 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The Diamondbacks increased the margin to 32-0 midway through the second period when Reber scored his third touchdown of the game on a 14-yard run. Senior quarterback Isaac Ojeda ran in the conversion.
Sophomore Chris Wilson scored Beaver Dam’s final touchdown of the contest in the fourth quarter to give the Diamondbacks a 38-0 lead. The Saints spoiled the shutout scoring on a TD pass with six seconds remaining.
Beaver Dam will now face powerhouse Pahranagat Valley Friday in Alamo to open 1A South League play. The Panthers are defending state 1A champions and have won 19 state titles overall including nine of the past 10.