D-Line Dominance in Beaver win
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, September 28th, 2014
The Beavers were able to hit the reset button on their season as the 100th meeting of the Punxy rivalry was dominated by the DuBois defensive line. Punxsutawney had been on a roll ripping up their last three division foes. Many wondered if the loss of Paulinellie for the season, a solid Chucks squad, and home field advantage would be enough to snare the Beavers. It would not be as the tone was set early by Brad Peterson, Robert Zillhaver, Caleb Meighen and Joe Peterson. The four bigs would make things difficult for the Chucks all night by controlling the point of attack. Early in the game their pressure forced an interception caught by Adam Bankovich providing early opportunities for the express to work its magic.
Running back Devin Clark recovered quickly from a shoulder injury in Erie a week ago insuring that two parts of DuBois’ triple threat would be ready for action. Clark ran with authority turning the corner and finding the end zone early in the game. Varischetti kept his work load light giving the back just enough work to keep him sharp for Oil City next week. Following a Chucks scoring drive Dante Dawson took a kick off to the house keeping the team in front for good. Quarterback Gabe French was dominate completing 16 of 18 for 246 yards and four touchdowns, two to Cole Kriner and two to Kevin Foley. French would also run for two touchdowns making it impossible for Punxsutawney to keep pace with the high powered offense. It was a short night for the starters giving fans a look at the squads depth for the future. Timing was an issue early on but the squad would find some rhythm scoring twice on QB sneaks by Zack Sloan. History was also made when Brady Johnson became the first girl to make a solo tackle at linebacker for DuBois.
The Beavers return home to take on a powerful 4-1 Oil City squad this week. The Oiler’s sole loss was to General McLane in a 31-29 showdown. GM defeated Conneaut 58-26 a week ago, the same team that escaped Mansell stadium with a one point overtime victory three weeks ago. The Beaver schedule should provide fans with some great matchups the rest of the way with Oil City, General McLane and state ranked Karns City all coming to town.
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