DuBois shuts out Bradford 59-0 at HomecomingWritten by: Grant Long on Monday, September 30th, 2013
Homecoming- noun. An annual celebration for high-school students that includes sports games and formal recognition of a queen and her court. Friday night was the 2013 Homecoming for the DuBois Beavers in which they did not disappoint with a 59-0 win over Bradford. The Beavers came into this game with a 2-2 record after a tough loss to Oil City last week. Last year’s game against Bradford ended in a rioting 84-6 win for the Beavers and they were prepared to do it again.
On top of the upcoming crowning of the Homecoming Queen at halftime, Junior DE Brad Peterson was honored before the game with the Hear Strong Champion Award from the Hear Strong Foundation. The mission of the Hear Strong Foundation is “To recognize the accomplishments of those who have overcome hearing loss” (hearstrong.org).
After receiving his award Brad commented on how he was nominated and how help from others has allowed him to get this far. “ I was nominated by my mother for inspiring other hard of hearing people achieve their dreams. It is such an honor.”
How did you react when you were told that you were getting this award? “I was shocked and very happy all at the same time. It was such an honor and I am very proud. My team, friends, family and coaches made it all happen. It is such an accomplishment. I have a big future ahead and I need to step it up.” CONGRATULATIONS BRAD!!!
After an eventful pregame, the Beavers and the Owls took to the field. On the first play of the drive, Junior QB Gabe French hit Junior WR Bryson Paulinellie on a long hanging pass for 47 yards. The drive proved unsuccessful for the Beavers but after another change of possession Junior RB Devin Clark found a hole and ran it in for the first Beaver touchdown of the night. With an extra point by Senior K Josh Hnat the Beavers were up 7-0 near the 5 minute mark of the first quarter. Hnat hit a 45 yard field goal at the end of the first quarter for a 10-0 DuBois advantage. The entire second quarter was scoreless for both teams leading up to the crowning of the 2013 Homecoming Queen at halftime.
As the candidates and their escorts walked across the field, there was a sense of awe and wonder in Mansell Staduim as anxious fans, students, and parents anticipated the announcement they have all been waiting for.
“And now…The moment you have all been waiting for… Our 2013 Homecoming Queen… is…. CASEY PASTERNAK!!!!!.” Cheers of delight and joy filled the air as Casey was surrounded by her fellow homecoming court candidates. It was truly a heartwarming and wonderful occasion.
Casey’s comments after the halftime celebration. “Oh my… I can’t even believe it. It’s like a dream. Thank you all so much.”
Fellow football manager Lauren Nelson spoke for the the team with her thoughts on Casey’s momentous accomplishment. “I know that all our football managers and even the whole team are extremely proud of Casey! We all know how much she deserves it! She is truly kind to everyone that crosses her path! Casey being crowned Homecoming Queen on top of the team’s wonderful win really made my senior Homecoming one to remember!”
DAHS Junior Madison Braid noted “I’m so happy for Casey. She’s a beautiful girl and extremely sweet. CONGRATS CASEY!!!”
As the second half started, the Beavers began to put up some serious points. French hit Paulinellie for a 25 yard TD pass at 10:43 and after a Hnat PAT, DuBois was up 17-0. Paulinellie would score twice in the 7 minutes of the third quarter, first off an 80 yard TD run and 77 yard TD run. Hnat hit both extra points for the 31-0 advantage.
DAHS Junior WR Dante Dawson scored his first two varsity career TDs Friday night coming off a 5 yard run and a 52 yard run for a 45-0 lead for his team after Hnat’s and Senior K Isaac Kunselman’s PATs.
Senior WR/DB Austin Gahr returned a 29 yard pick-6 and after a Kunselman extra point the Beavers were up 52-0 with 5:49 go in the fourth quarter. The Beavers were not done yet. Gahr after his interception/TD, “It felt great. I had one against them (Bradford) last year and it was nice to do it again.” DuBois would find the end zone one last time with a 28 yard TD run from Sophomore RB Wes Russell to seal up a 59-0 Beaver win.
As DuBois prepares for easily the biggest game of the season against Morgantown, WV this upcoming week, some of the players and fans spoke up about it.
Brad Peterson commented, “We need to work on our defense, offense, and just work very hard. Play every play like its our last. It is our biggest game on the schedule.”
Austin Gahr mentioned, “We are gonna have to do a lot of preparing this week, but I think we can get ourselves ready.”
Bryson Paulinellie said, “I think our team is ready for Morgantown next week. We are going to need a great week of practice in order for us to beat this team. We have to be perfect.”
Madison Braid noted “I think all we can ask for is to have the boys play as hard as they can. It’s going to be a rough game because Morgantown is very competitive. As long as our boys hold their heads high and remain determined, I think anything is possible.”
The Morgantown Mohigans are 4-1, suffering their first loss this past week to Martinsburg 28-21.
A game to be played in uncharted territory promises to be a good one. Save the date Beaver Fans, you will not want to miss this one.
“Countdown till Morgantown.” 4 days, 17 hours, 00 minutes (Calculated from 9/30/13)
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