Janesville Parker spoiled Beaver Dam’s Homecoming with a 17-14 road win on Friday night at Derleth Field.
The loud and boisterous crowd saw the visitors carry a 3-0 lead into the halftime locker-room with the first half’s only scoring coming off the toe of Parker’s Anthony Zavala via a 31-yard field goal with 1:18 left in the 1st quarter.
The Golden Beavers took a 7-3 lead mid-way through the 3rd quarter when Camron Mendoza connected with Alex Soto on a 14 yard scoring pass. Parker had the counter punch as they travel 74 yards in 13 plays and salted away 8 minutes and 23 seconds off the clock to regain the lead 10-7 on a 2 yard TD run from Griffin Davis. It didn’t take long for BD to counter as Gabe Klatt ran 41 yards to the house pushing BD back out in front 14-10 with 8:01 to play. The Vikings answered right back as Preston Nelson connected with Anthony Brooks on a 20-yard TD pass with 5:16 left for the eventual game winning points.
The Golden Beavers were able to drive down inside the Parker 20 yard line late but couldn’t convert a fourth down and four and turned it over on downs.
Beaver Dam sophomore Gabe Klatt carried it 33 times for 162 yards and a touchdown. Cam Mendoza had 84 yards on 10 carries and also tossed a touchdown pass to Alex Soto. Soto caught two balls for 32 yards.
Preston Nelson completed 11 of 15 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown to pace the Parker offense. JJ Douglas hauled in six passes for 116 yards.
Beaver Dam (Overall 4-4, Badger Large 3-3) could have clinched a WIAA playoff spot with a win and now head to the final game of the regular season at league leader Waunakee needing a victory to secure a playoff spot. The way the field looks right now, there is a good chance Beaver Dam would qualify for the postseason with just three conference wins. Parker (Overall 3-5, Badger Large 2-5) travels to DeForest next Friday.
You can watch next week’s Golden Beaver game on Daily Dodge TV presented by Columbus Family Dental and the Beaver Dam Unified School District.
Click the link to hear postgame comments from Coach Brock Linde
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