There’s No Place Like Home For Dubois
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, October 26th, 2014
A frustrated General McLane squad had no answers for the Beaver Express. In a game where an offense produces a 100 yard rusher with two touchdowns, a group of receivers with five touchdowns, and a quarterback that breaks the school’s single game passing record with 438 yards, you would expect the story to have an offensive theme. But,…Say it isn’t so…the DuBois Pasternak-smack defense has arrived!
In the first half the ball seemed to be bouncing GM’s way as the only luck the Beavers could find was bad. The frustration began on the first drive when a pass bounced into the air off of a DuBois receiver and into the arms of a McLane defender killing a drive deep in GM territory. Fate again struck with a recovered fumble killed another drive and the third break when the Lancers got a miraculous bounce on a successful onside kick keeping French’s offense on the sideline.
With the first half winding down fortune began to smile on the Beavers. Coach Pasternak made some adjustments and a physical DuBois squad held General McLane out of the end zone in a goal line stand, forcing the Lancers to accept a field goal to end the half with a slim 23-21 lead.
Following a DuBois drive that ended on the goal line with a Dawson fumble it was apparent that the DuBois D had developed quite swagger. Sophomore Noah Shaffer slammed the Lancer quarterback into the black turf of the end zone for a safety and the score was tied. The smack attack was born and the DuBois defense had an identity. The Beaver D line dominated the remainder of the game with linebackers Shaffer, McKay, Bankovich, and Russel taking out the garbage. The DuBois secondary locked down the Lancer receivers.
Varischetti wasted no time cashing in on the opportunities his defense provided, calling a great game from his bird’s eye perch. French would stand tall and deliver taking some big hits and completing 70 percent of his passes finding Kriner for two touchdowns, and Dawson, Foley, and Labrasca each for one. Devin Clark kept the chains moving and found pay dirt twice on the night demonstrating how multifaceted this juggernaut is. When the smoke cleared DuBois was killing clock with a 50-30 lead.
With the smack attack on the rise, DuBois seems to be finding its stride as the post season approaches. Sixth ranked and heavy favored Karns City comes to DuBois this week for a showdown with the Beavers. The Beavers are looking forward to making a statement this Friday at Mansell Stadium in a game for the ages.
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