The Beaver Swami: “The Gray Twilight”
Written by: Billy Splain on Friday, October 24th, 2014
The cowboy like persona of President Theodore Roosevelt resonates through history. His brash leadership and exuberant personality moved the multitudes and restored balance to the country. Roosevelt’s defiant demeanor always left his chips ride believing that with great risk comes great reward.
General McLane will arrive in the gray twilight of Mansell Stadium this Friday. Their entrance sets the stage for a great showdown of contrasting styles of play. GM is a program that is known for having a strong defense and a running game that exhibits power, speed, and trickery. Their triple option is in sharp contrast to the Beavers’ high flying express. The match-up is a great challenge for DuBois who beefed up their 2014 schedule to prepare for the post season.
The Beavers two earlier losses were to common opponents of the Lancers. A week ago McLane shocked district 10 when it trailed state powerhouse Cathedral Prep by only 7 at the half. GM also pounded Conneaut 55-28 a team that defeated DuBois 36-35 in OT. The Beavers have improved greatly since their early season losses. In both cases the team has become tougher and smarter. With Head Coach Frank Varischetti in the booth and quarterback Gabe French taking full advantage of a 25 second clock at the line of scrimmage, the Beavers are shifting gears on the fly. The result has been a diverse running attack and a take what you give them passing game that now ranks number 2 in the state.
On the defensive side of the ball Coach Pasternak has his Beavers forcing turnovers and laying down the hits. The squad has improved every week and they are preparing to attack the triple option head on. The linebackers can expect to be busy this week as McLane has had no problem moving the ball on just about every opponent. With a triple threat offense themselves, Slippery Rock was the only exception and the answer might be found in a defense that practices against the offense every day.
Well Beaver fans the schedule is fresh out of cupcakes so come to the game and buy some popcorn. As Theodore Roosevelt once said “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.” Swami likes Victory DuBois 42-33.
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