The Beaver Dam High School football team dropped a 28-21 decision to Fort Atkinson at HH Derleth Field on Friday night.
Fort Atkinson, who cancelled their last two games because of COVID issues, jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the half on Alec Courtier TD runs of six and one yards in the 2nd quarter. Beaver Dam recovered an onside kick to open the 2nd half and after completing a long pass to Nate Abel inside the 10 yard line, Carter Riesen punched it in from two yards out to get BDHS on the board with 9:52 left in the 3rd. Fort Atkinson answered back with 6:09 left in the 3rd quarter as Courtier scampered into the end zone from 11-yards out pushing the Blackhawk lead to 21-7. The Golden Beavers were able to answer the Fort Atkinson score as Abel caught a seven-yard TD pass with 1:59 left in the 3rd to once again make it a one score game at 21-14.
The Golden Beavers finally pulled even with 4:15 left in the 4th when junior Even Sharkey took a screen pass 93 yards up the left sideline to pay-dirt. Kailey Walters extra-point tied the game at 21-21. On the ensuing kickoff, the Blackhawks Antonio Torres rumbled 82 yards through the Beaver Dam coverage unit for the eventual game winning score with 4:02 left to play.
On the night, Beaver Dam outgained Fort Atkinson 274-262. Nate Abel caught six passes for 90 yards and a TD. Evan Sharkey hauled in five passes for 115 yards and a TD. Sharkey’s 93-yard TD catch was the longest in program history, topping Broden Boschert’s 83 yard TD catch against Baraboo on September 13th, 2019. It also tied the 7th longest TD in program history.
Alec Courtier ran 18 times for 96 yards and 3 TDs to pace the Fort Atkinson (2-1) offense.
Beaver Dam (1-4) will wrap up their spring season next Friday night when they travel to Milton. You can watch that game on the DailyDodge.com Videostream presented by Columbus Family Dental, Grande Cheese and The Beaver Dam Unified School District. The kickoff is set for 7pm.
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