Twin Bridges downs Victor, 34-8

Falcon defense dominates in Class C playoff opener

Six of the Twin Bridges Falcons' eight defenders are at the ball for a stop against Victor Saturday in the first round Class C 8-man football playoff at Twin’s Carroll Field on Saturday. J.P. Plutt photo

The Falcons won 34-8 and will host Chester-Joplin-Inverness Saturday at 1 p.m. in a quarterfinal game. J.P. Plutt photo

The Twin Bridges Falcons advanced to the second round of the Class C eight-man football playoffs by beating Victor, 34-8, in Twin on Saturday.

The Falcons defense shut out the Victor offense, with the visitors only points coming from a kickoff return late in the second quarter.

The Twin D gave up just 118 total yards of offense and only allowed the Pirates across midfield twice in the game.

The Falcon offense took a couple drives to get going against Victor. But once Twin’s ground game started rolling, it was hard for the Pirates to stop it.

Bill Yeager scored the first touchdown of the game when he broke free on a 33-yard run up the gut followed by a successful Gage Baumeister PAT kick.

Yeager increased the Twin lead early in the second quarter, when he reached pay dirt on a 29-yard burst again followed by a Baumeister made PAT.

With just over two minutes left in the half, Wesley Harshbarger used his size to create a hole up the middle and put the Falcons on top, 21-0, with his 8-yard rushing TD.

Twin never took its foot off the gas and punched in yet another touchdown, on a 25-yard pass from quarterback Chance Guinnane to Harshbarger with just 49 ticks left in the second quarter.

Victor put up their only points of the game on the ensuing kickoff, which Riley Della Silva took to the house for a 73-yard kick return TD to make it a 28-8 at the intermission.

Defense dominated the play in the second half,  as the only points put up by either team came with 29 seconds left in the third, when Yeager punched in his third score of the game on a 2- yard TD dive up the middle.

Yeager led his team in rushing with 101 yards and was followed by Harshbarger, who ran for 86 yards and a score.

The Falcon D was led by Kaleb Rosselot, who had 9 tackles and 3 sacks, and by Tracen Eggers, who had 10 tackles and an interception.Harshbarger also made his presence known on the defensive side of the ball as he recorded 7 tackles in the game.

The Falcons will host 8-1 Chester-Joplin-Inverness this Saturday at 1 p.m.  C-J-I earned its way into the second round of the playoffs with a 62-6 beatdown of Broadus last Saturday.