Beaver Area – Beaver Falls Preview
Written by: Billy Splain on Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
The Game: Beaver Area (7 AA) @ Beaver Falls (7AA)
Date: Friday, Oct. 3, 2008, from Dan Reeves Field @ Geneva College
2008 Record: Beaver Area (5-0), Beaver Falls (5-0)
On Tap for Pittsburgh Sports Weekly in week six is a battle of Beaver County as # 3 Beaver Area takes on # 2 Beaver Falls. Yes your heard right, it’s the Bobcats squaring off against the Tigers…Don’t ask. No matter what there mascots are it should be a great one from Dan Reeves Field at Geneva College. Both teams come into the game (5-0) which is a Pittsburgh Sports Weekly first this late in the season, and should be determine the Conference winner even as early as week six.
For the Bobcats of Beaver, you will need to look no farther then there running back in Jake Nardone to figure out why Beaver is 5-0. Nardone has been just like a bobcat trucking threw defenses and racking up 697 yards rushing on 68 carries this season, a WPIAL best. In fact Nardone is such a key part of the bobcat’s success, that quarterback Kris Roper has only attempted 37 passes compared to 132 plays on the ground. Even with that being said Beaver has still had a electric offense averaging 34.8 points per game and have had 19 touchdowns, eight of which game from the feet of Nardone.
Let’s not for get about the defense of Beaver either, wile the offense has scored 192 points the defense has only gave up 35 in five games two of the five were shutouts. The Beaver-D is lead by RJ Cook who has ordered up a team leading, 15 tackles this season. Beaver is coming off a 43-7 win over Ellwood City; they have also taken down New Brighton, Riverside, Freedom, and Aliquippa.
As for the Beaver Falls Tigers they are as good as projected, after the loss to Jeanette in the WPIAL title game they have had the eye of a Tiger and it looks like a rematch of last year could be in sight and maybe get the WPIAL Championship they have been waiting for since 1984. The Tigers have flew past teams that simply can’t keep up that includes there running game which is lead by Cody Cook who have burnt his fair share of defenses this year and is only behind Beaver running back Jake Nardone in the WPIAL for rushing yards.
The face of the Tigers has to be the face of Todd Thomas the 6’4 195 senior who can play anything, any time, at any place. Beaver Falls’ “Mr. Everything” hardly has any chance to catch his breath as he does his best Chris Gamble impersonation game-in and game-out. Thomas was busy last season, as he ran for 1,243 yards, had 172 receiving yards, and scored 18 touchdowns on offense. He also picked off 2 passes. Thomas who is being actively recruited and/or has offers from 31 Division-1 schools.
The offense for the Tigers is just as good or better then the Bobcats as they out score opponents 209-38 this season. Left in the Tigers wake this season include: Riverside, Freedom, Aliquippa, Ellwood City, and they are coming off an out of this word performance in a 56-12 blasting of Moon.
This game matches up very even on paper, both teams have not lost, they come in with the first and second leading rushers in the WPIAL, and for the most part they have beat the same teams with the exceptions being New Brighton and Moon. I think most notable is the fact they both beet Aliquippa which is saying something. Could this one come down to home field? Or could it come down to the leading rusher? And if you would like to just play the series leader, well good luck since 1999 Beaver Falls leads by only one 5-4.
Pittsburgh Sports Weekly will have you covered come Friday Night. As always Matt Farago will have the call of the game and will be joined by Bryan Waldorf. We will also welcome a new face to Pittsburgh Sports Weekly well at lest the press box, as the Owner of the Western PA Warhawks Coach Sepp who is a grad of Beaver High School will join Matt and Bryan in the Booth for the rest of the season.
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