Patriots reach section semifinals

The Hills-Beaver Creek football team advanced to the semifinal round of the Section 3 Nine-Man Playoffs after avenging a loss to Westbrook-Walnut Grove Oct. 22 in Westbrook.

H-BC, which came up on the short end of a 52-48 decision against the Chargers seven days earlier, turned the table on W-WG in the rematch.

The Patriots compiled 547 yards in total offense to set the stage for 44-26 victory over the Chargers.

H-BC, which never trailed in the contest, sported a 28-20 lead at the intermission.

The Patriots outscored W-WG 16-6 in the fourth quarter to seal their 18-point win.

H-BC drew first blood in the game after Drew Forshey recovered a W-WG fumble on the Chargers’ 32-yard line two plays into the contest.

Three plays later, H-BC quarterback Dylan Gehrke fired a 29-yard touchdown pass to Braden Ellingson to give the visitors a 6-0 lead.

W-WG tied the score at six moments later when Charger quarterback Shane Buchman threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Tristan Joel.

The teams exchanged possessions before H-BC produced back-to-back touchdowns to gain a 20-6 advantage as the first quarter progressed.

H-BC’s third offensive possession of the game ended with Gehrke delivering a five-yard strike to Ellingson to regain the lead (12-6) for the Patriots.

Caleb Vis, who ran the ball 45 times for 283 yards in the game, scored on a four-yard run and Gehrke tossed a successful conversion pass to Isaac Tilstra to give the Patriots a 14-point cushion as the first quarter progressed.

W-WG registered the final six points of the opening quarter when Buchman hooked up with Sean McCroskey for a 16-yard touchdown pass to make it a 20-12 game before the first quarter was complete.

The scoring pace slowed in the second quarter, when both teams registered eight points.

Vis raced 68 yards for a touchdown and Gehrke carried in the conversion to up H-BC’s lead to 28-12.

W-WG countered with a 62-yard touchdown pass from Buchman to McCroskey.

When the same combination clicked for a successful conversion pass, the first-half scoring was complete with the Patriots sporting a 28-20 advantage.

H-BC opened the second half with a 14-play drive that stalled on the W-WG two-yard line.

The Patriots got the ball back when Ellingson picked off a pass on the H-BC 42, which set up a nine-play, 58 yard drive ending with Gehrke scoring on a 20-yard run on the first play of the fourth quarter.

A Gehrke-to-Carey Taubert conversion pass upped H-BC’s lead to 16 points (36-20) following the touchdown.

W-WG trimmed the difference to 10 points (36-26) when Buchman tossed a 30-yard touchdown strike to Tyler Schoborg as the fourth quarter progressed.

H-BC settled the issue by mounting a 13-play, 80-yard drive with its next offensive possession.

Gehrke capped the drive with a one-yard plunge and Ellingson carried in the two-point conversion to end the scoring with two minutes left in the game.

Team statistics

H-BC: 363 rushing yards, 184 passing yards, 547 total yards, 23 first downs, three penalties for 20 yards, zero turnovers.

W-WG: 43 rushing yards, 344 passing yards, 387 total yards, 10 first downs, three penalties for 33 yards, three turnovers.

Individual statistics

Rushing: C.Vis 45-283, Gehrke 9-73, Ellingson 1-7.

Passing: Gehrke 17-32 for 184 yards.

Receiving: Taubert 5-59, Ellingson 9-81, Tilstra 3-44.

Defense: Ellingson five tackles and one interception, Forshey two tackles and one fumble recovery, Cooper Vaughn four tackles, Tilstra three tackles, Isaiah Vis three tackles, C.Vis three tackles, Isaiah Wagenaar three tackles, Dalton Klarenbeek one tackle and one fumble recovery, Jeff Nelson two tackles, Taubert one sack.

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