DuBois Prevails Over Meadville 56-35
Written by: Grant Long on Monday, October 28th, 2013
Coming in at 5-3, atop the District 6-9 AAAA standings, the DuBois Beavers arrived in Meadville Friday night to a cool 39 degrees. That was not going to stop them though. Junior QB Gabe French came into Friday’s contest 2 TD passes short of taking the single season record away from Eric Hatten who had 20 in 1999. French is also looking to break Sean Sleigh’s passing record of 2,048 from 2011 in a single season and 500 passing yards to become the all-time leading passer from DAHS.
DuBois started strong after Junior WR Bryson Paulinellie’s punt return of 70 yards and his first Touchdown of the night. The Beavers went up 7-0 with an extra point from Senior K Josh Hnat with 7:36 in the first quarter. Meadville answered back at 3:36 mark of the first. The Bulldogs were still behind by a point as a result of a blocked extra point by the Beavers. Paulinellie ran it in again from 81 yards out for the DuBois TD. The Beavers ended the first quarter in the lead 14-6 after Hnat’s kick.
The Bulldogs tied it up with a touchdown and a 2 point conversion early in the second quarter. Junior RB Devin Clark put DuBois ahead again less that 3 minutes later on his first Touchdown of the night. Hnat’s P.A.T. put the Beavers up 21-14.
Clark’s partner in crime, Paulinellie, ran in another TD for the Beavers late in the second quarter. After Hnat’s P.A.T, DuBois went up 28-14. Clark took one to the house in the last 17 seconds before halftime. The Beavers headed to their locker room up 35-14 with Hnat’s successful extra point.
One of the Beaver’s star players, OL/DL Tyler Fleeger, left the game before halftime with a thumb injury and did not return in the second half. DuBois’ defense did seem to struggle a little after but not enough to throw the game out of sync.
As both teams returned to the field for second half action, the Bulldogs came out with a vengeance. The third quarter was almost totally scoreless, but Meadville was able to stretch out 7 in the last 3 minutes for the 35-21 tally still in favor of the Beavers.
Devin Clark added to DuBois’ tab with his 3rd Touchdown of the night near the start of the fourth quarter. Hnat’s 5th extra point gave the Beavers a 42-21 lead. The Bulldogs were not done yet. They tacked on 7 more a few minutes later to lessen the gap to 42-28. DuBois poured on two more scores within two minutes of each other. Sophomore WR Dante Dawson put up the first 6 at the 5:31 mark of the fourth quarter. Junior WR Cole Kriner took one in for a 56-28 in succession to Hnat’s extra points.
Meadville, however, would not go down without a fight. The Bulldogs had the final say in the last 33 seconds of the game making the final score, DuBois-56, Meadville-35.
Senior DB Austin Gahr with his thoughts of the game. “Meadville was not that big of a challenge on paper or on film. Penalties and injuries were our biggest down fall though.”
Bryson Paulinellie and his comments about his tag team scoring partner, Devin Clark. “I love to score but I love it even more when someone else drives some in as well.”
Playoffs are only a few weeks away and Mifflin County seems to be the team the Beavers want to go up against. The Huskies beat DuBois 21-17 in week one. The team is looking for some revenge there and some in the final week of the season verses Slippery Rock who ended the Beaver’s undeafeated 2012 season by a score of 17-15.
Gahr commented, “It would be a nice chance to play the Huskies at home again just like week one. It is going to be a tough game against Slippery Rock, but if we work hard this week we will definitely have a chance of winning.”
Paulinellie said, “I would rather play Mifflin County at home because we lost to them at home the first week of the season. We could get back at them with a win in the playoffs. I think we can win the Slippery Rock game if we come together as a team. Everyone has to be on top of their game next week.”
A few notes on Bryson Paulinellie’s season thus far. He has the school record of 20 career receiving TDs and he continues to eye-up Bill Kulbacki’s record of 1,146 receiving yards from 1997-1999. Paulinellie is also 17 catches short of tying Max Hine’s record of 92 from 2012.
DuBois is still in first place by 20 points over State College in District 6-9 AAAA going into the final week of the regular season. The Beavers are on the road again to take on the Slippery Rock Rockets this Friday night.
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