Polk County’s Casey Beiler threw for two touchdowns in Thursday’s win

Polk County’s junior varsity put together a dominant effort Thursday en route to a 59-0 win over Avery at G.M. Tennant Stadium.

The Wolverines scored early and often in improving its record to 4-3 overall, 1-1 in Western Highlands Conference games.

Polk County scored on its first offensive play as quarterback Casey Beiler lined up at slotback, then took a handoff and fired a 67-yard touchdown pass to Mackus Simpson. Isaac Hernandez added the point after to make the score 7-0 with 8:31 left in the first period.

Nathan Foster’s interception returned the ball to Polk, and Simpson scored on a 15-yard run. Jacob Knighton added the 2-point conversion to up the lead to 15-0 with 6:07 left in the opening period.

Knighton scored again on Polk’s next possession on a 28-yard run, and the Wolverines regained the ball on the ensuing kickoff on a fumble. Beiler tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to Chan Barber as the Wolverines grabbed a 28-0 lead with 2:11 left in the first.

Deaken Nodine capped a 58-yard scoring drive in the second quarter, with Beiler and Barber teaming on the 2-point conversion for a 36-0 lead. On the Wolverines’ next drive, a 37-yard pass from Beiler to Riley Searcy, plus a penalty, moved the Wolverines deep in Avery territory. Elijah Barnes scampered around right end for a 7-yard scoring run with 1:56 left in the half, with Hernandez booting the extra point for a 43-0 lead that stood at the half.

A Nodine kickoff return helped set up Knighton’s 41-yard touchdown run on Polk’s first play of the third period. The Wolverines added two points later in the quarter on a safety as an Avery snap sailed out of the end zone.

Polk then wrapped up the scoring in the fourth period as Barber, taking over at quarterback, threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Searcy.

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