Beavers bash Corvallis in home opener, 45-6

By 
J.P. Plutt
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Bustin’ loose

Dillon junior running back Kale Konen runs with power and speed. Konen carried the ball four times Friday night versus Corvallis for 5 yards, and caught three passes for another 54 yards in offense. J.P. Plutt photo

The Dillon Beavers enjoyed their first home game of the season Friday night as host of the Corvallis Blue Devils. Corvallis scored in the last minute of the game to avoid the shut-out as Dillon clicked to a 45-6 win.

“We’ve got some cool athletes that we can throw the ball to,” said Dillon coach Zach McRae of the stable of sprinters from last spring’s state A championship track and field team. “It is fun to watch on film when one guy catches it and the other three are downfield blocking.”

Treyton Graham and Eli Nourse, both seniors, enjoyed big nights hauling in passes and running with the ball. Graham caught seven passes for 133 yards and two touchdowns and Nourse hauled in six passes for 119 yards and a score. Corvallis loaded the box to stop the run and Dillon took advantage of the wide open passing lanes.

Dillon junior quarterback Kee Christiansen, also a sprinter on that track team, threw the ball 30 times, completed 19 for 354 yards and three touchdowns. Christiansen added 80 yards on five runs and three touchdowns on the ground. His one negative stat came in completing three passes to the guys in the other uniforms.

“We have to be smart and take care of the football and that is the emphasis here the next two weeks is take care of the rock,” said McRae. “That turnover margin is a big indicator of success. If you want to be successful you can’t give away extra opportunities. A huge emphasis across the board is to force turnovers and protect the rock.”

Dillon has this week off with their bye, and then travels to Frenchtown on Thursday, Sept. 22 for a game against a talented Bronc team. Last week Frenchtown played tough with Hamilton before losing 27-20.

“They played Hamilton tough,” said McRae. “They have a 6-5 receiver and a 6-5 quarterback and they’re good.”

Frenchtown will play Corvallis this weekend with Dillon on the bye.

CORVALLIS 6, DILLON 45 First Quarter DIL - Kee Christiansen 3 run (Ian Singleton kick). 8:32.

Second Quarter DIL - Treyton Graham 12 pass from Christiansen (Ian Singleton kick), 9:51.

DIL - Christiansen 3 run (kick failed), 1:22. Third Quarter

DIL - Graham 21 pass from Christiansen (kick failed), 10:59.

DIL - Christiansen 39 run (kick failed) 9:35.

DIL - Eli Nourse 80 pass from Christiansen (kick failed). 1:10.

Fourth Quarter DIL - David Schmidlin 11 pass from Carter Curnow (Casper Schretlen kick) 8:30.

COR - Dillon Potter 20 pass from Aydan Mayn (kick failed). 1:10.

DILLON STATISTICS Rushing - Kee Christiansen 5-80, Kale Konen 4-5, David Schmidlin 2-7, Eli Nourse 1-16, Carter Curnow 1-3.

Passing - Christiansen 19-30-3-354-3. Curnow 1-1-0-11-1.

Receiving - Treyton Graham 7-133 Kaden Pittman 1-3, Kale Konen 3-54, Eli Nourse 6-118, Caden Hansen 2-34, David Schmidlin 1-11.

Interceptions - Christiansen 1-1, Graham 1-0. Fumble recovery - Graham 1. Unassisted tackles - Treyton Graham 5, Max Davis 5. Assisted tackles - Davis 5.

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