Beavers Chew up Meadville Bulldogs
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, September 7th, 2014
Written by the Beaver Swami
Balance of Power
The Friday night lights were smoking hot as the Beavers traveled to Meadville for a humid 85 degree kickoff at Bender Field. The Beaver Express demonstrated a great deal of balance with eight different players finding pay dirt on the evening. Dante Dawson led all receivers with 2 touchdowns, Bryson Paulinellie, Kevin Foley, Cole Kriner and Zach Sloan all found the goal line once. Devin Clark and Gabe French both rushed for a touchdown on the way to a DuBois 56-24 win over the Bulldogs. Gabe French completed 75 % of his passes 5 of which found their way to his fantastic four. Drew Bankovich cleaned up the mess when he found Zach Sloan for his first varsity touchdown as a wide receiver. French’s 357 yards passing kept the Bulldogs on their heels as Paulinellie and Foley had 100 yard nights and Dawson’s 94 wasn’t far behind.
One of the problems with the Beaver Express’ breakneck pace is that the D never gets a break. On a very hot humid night Pasternak used a platoon of linebackers, linemen, and secondary to slow a very strong Meadville running attack. It was a battle in the trenches for the Petersons, Meighen, and Zillhaver. Quick Beaver scoring and a mixture of Meadville’s big back and an assortment of speed made for a long night of work for the Beaver Bigs. The line backing core lead by Clark and McKay had a physically demanding evening slowing down a ground and pound offense that sprinkled in passes when needed. Adam Bankovich and Wes Russel did a great job of applying pressure on the edge while sophomore Noah Shaffer looked solid in middle relief, provided just enough of a speed bump to allow the Beaver Express to roll away from Bender Field with the victory. This week the Express is coming home for a showdown with undefeated Conneaut Area. Game time 7pm. Get your ticket and we’ll bring the popcorn, this ones going to be good! The good guys will finally be wearing black.
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