JANESVILLE — Kevin Behr expected a shootout in Easton Valley’s first-round playoff football game. He didn’t expect one with this type of heavy artillery.
In the end, Easton Valley’s ground attack produced just a bit better than Janesville’s passing barrage and the River Hawks knocked off the sixth-ranked team in eight-man football 77-63 on Wednesday night.
“I did not anticipate this many points,” Behr, Easton Valley’s coach, said. “This was two really talented offensive teams slugging it out. We knew it would be a tough game.
“Janesville has a high-scoring offense; they’ve put up huge numbers all year. They have a three-year quarterback, nice receivers and spread it out all over. I said they were going to get their shots.”
But Easton Valley got its shots, too.
Senior running back Andrew Driscoll led Easton Valley (6-3), rushing for a career-high 389 yards and catching six passes for 98 yards. He capped his big night with a 12-yard scoring run as time expired.
“I’d have to say its his career game on offense, for the team, too,” Behr said. “Andy did an awesome job, but you’ve got to give credit to the guys up front — Chayce Meyer and Blake Bormann, the tight ends Jared House and Marshall Driscoll, the guards; and Brett Earles, the center — they have to control the line of scrimmage.”
A two-way player throughout his career, Driscoll accomplished the offensive feet in one of his first games playing on the defensive line rather than linebacker. “We’ve gone to a power tackle and a quicker tackle toward the end of the year to try to get more pressure. He’s so strong and powerful, he does well there.”
Still, the Easton Valley had trouble containing Janesville’s big-play offense.