DuBois loses heart-breaker to Oil City 48-41
Written by: Grant Long on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013
A game of inches. That’s what it came down to in the final fleeting seconds of the fourth quarter to allow the Beavers to tie the game. A dropped pass by a receiver crushed the hopes of a win for the DuBois faithful Friday night. DuBois fought back from a 28-21 deficit at halftime only to come up short by inches.
It was a wonderful night for football. Seventy-five degrees, no wind, and a packed house. The only thing not wonderful was the 7-0 score after an Oil City TD halfway through the first quarter. DuBois Junior RB Bryson Paulinellie tied it up after a 49 yard run to the house. Paulinellie would go on to score four TDs on the night and rack up 312 all purpose yards.
Within the first four seconds of the second quarter the Oilers put up seven more points for the 14-7 lead. Paulinellie answered back with a 62 yard reception from Junior QB Gabe French to tie it up 14 all. Oil City countered by tacking on seven more at 6:56 in the second quarter. With the score of 21-14 French got the ball back into the hands of Paulinellie for a 44 yard touchdown run to tie the game again at 21 all at 1:43 before halftime.
DuBois planned to head to the locker room tied up but the Oilers thought other wise. In a mere 6.8 seconds before the end of the quarter the Oilers put up seven more points to give themselves a 28-21 lead.
DuBois went through a tough third quarter by going down 41-21. The game seemed to be over for the Beavers but after a 66 yard TD pass from French to Paulinellie for his fourth TD of the night for the 42-28 tally at the end of the third quarter gave the Beavers the boost they needed.
It was a very complicated fourth quarter for both teams especially in the last two minutes. The Beavers fought back with a TD run by Junior RB Devin Clark and an interception by Senior WR/DB Trevor Schwiderske that he returned 32 for a Beaver TD. As a result of missing the two point conversion, the Beavers were still down 42-41. Oil City drove down the field and scored once again to make the score 48-41. How were the Beavers ever going to come back from this one?
On a short kickoff, DuBois got the ball at their own 35 and intended to push themselves in for the game tying touchdown. A wide open Junior WR Andrew Stanton had the ball on the tips of his fingers and his right foot on the three yard line. One more step with the ball in hand would tie the game for the Beavers. Everything seemed to be in slow-motion until the pass from French rolled off Stanton’s fingertips. The Oil City side line erupted and the Oilers knew they had won the game.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was right across from Andrew on the other side of the field and watched the whole thing happen. Everything was in slow-motion and when he dropped that ball my jaw dropped too.” said Bryson Paulinellie when asked about Andrew Stanton’s dropped pass.
Junior OL/DL Ben Hayes commented, “ I was in awe at that moment. It was Andrew’s first time playing wide receiver too. That was a very intense moment.”
The game was back and forth all night. Do you think that took a toll on the team’s performance?
Paulinellie- “A game like that gets extremely tiring for the players, especially the ones playing on both sides of the ball.”
Senior WR/DB Austin Gahr- “I feel that when one mistake happened, there were many that followed. That’s what we have to work on this week, making less mistakes and finishing tackles.”
What does the team have to work on this week to get ready for Bradford?
Hayes- “We need to work our special teams and also stopping the run.”
Paulinellie- “The team needs to concentrate on not making little mistakes. They end up turning into big ones that lose the game. If we can avoid making missteps like the ones we made tonight, things will go very good for us.”
DuBois now 2-2, faces Bradford at home next week for Homecoming.
“Countdown ’till Morgantown:” 7 days, 17 hours, 0 minutes. (Calculated from 9/27/13)
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