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PREP FOOTBALL: Aggies use four turnovers to top Crystal Falls Forest Park

MARQUETTE – Considering its rich football tradition there is not a lot of things that the Beal City football team hasn’t done over the years.

Want state titles, check.

Want unbeaten seasons and conference crowns, check.

On Saturday the Aggies checked another historical side note off their bucket list as they earned a second straight appearance in the Division 8 state finals via a dominating 34-18 win over Crystal Falls Forest Park from the Superior Dome in Marquette.

The Aggies, who have never played in back-to-back state finals before but will now, will play either New Lothrop or Muskegon Catholic Central for the state title Friday at 10 a.m. from Ford Field in Detroit.

“I’m happy we won, but thought we could have played better and we will need to next week,” said Beal City head coach Lou Rau. “We came out slow but turned it around in the second half.”

The top-ranked Aggies (13-0) used four Trojan (12-1) fumbles to salt the game away in the final half. Two of these fumbles happened inside the Beal City red zone and one at the one-yard line.

“You can’t count on turnovers so we have to play better,” said Rau looking forward.

Crystal Falls Forest Park came out and socked it to the Aggies in the first quarter, claiming a 6-0 lead when quarterback Jeff Johnson hit an uncovered Austin Snell with a 1-yard TD pass at the 2:33 mark.

Beal City finally got going in the middle portions of the second stanza and tied it at 6-6 when senior running back Ty Rollin bashed his way in from a yard out. Rollin, who was 4-for-5 in extra points, then tacked on the point after to make it 7-6.

On the ensuing kickoff the Trojans bobbled it and then turned it over and Beal City set up shop at the Trojan 36. Two plays later Rollin took a screen pass from Kurt Gross for a 36-yard touchdown to make it 14-6.

Crystal Falls Forest Park appeared to be going in for a score of its own right before the half but sacks my Ryan Tilmann and Hayden Huber killed that drive.

In the third the Aggies took the kickoff and pushed the lead 21-6 via a 6-yard scoring pass to Carson Salisbury.

Crystal Falls turned it over at the Beal City one on the next series, which for all intents and purposes was the biggest turnover of the game.

Gross then hit Tilmann with a 25-yard scoring pass to make it 27-6 and Luke Farrell added in a 20-yard score in the fourth.

For the game Gross went 10-for-17 passing for 170 yards and three scores.

Tilmann had five catches for 97 yards while Rollin had two catches for 39. Huber led the rushing attack with 75 yards on 11 carries while Rollin had 49 yards on 11 touches.

Last Updated: 11/23/2013 7:22:59 PM EST