Beaver Local football preview

Beaver Local gained their indepedence from the All-American Conference at the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year. The Beavers posted a 1-21 conference record during their five-year run in the league. Their lone win came last October when the Beavers upset Struthers, 21-14.

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Beaver Local football was a mainstay in the playoffs from 1999-2005. During that seven-year time frame, they advanced to the post-season six times. However, their last winning campaign came in 2006 (6-4).

The team will be without three All-American Conference first-team performers in wide receiver Justin Osborne (20 catches, 291 yards, 4 TDS), defensive lineman Dan Lattanzio (80 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT), and defensive back Phillip Beohm (36 tackles, 2 INTs).

The Bears will travel to Crestview for a week one showdown against the Rebels on Friday, August 30.

2013 Beaver Local Beavers’ Football Preview
by Vince Pellegrini (@Vince_MYVS)
Head Coach: Jeremy McElroy, 5th season (3-37)
2012 Record: 2-8 (1-5), All-American Conference – American Division
2012 Post-Season Finish: Did Not Qualify

2012 Team Statistics
Points Scored: 13.7 (59th in Area)
Passing Yards: 78.8 (788)
Rushing Yards: 132.6 (1326)
Points Allowed: 30.4 (48th in Area)
Passing Yards Allowed: 88.8 (888)
Rushing Yards Allowed: 182.3 (1823)

Returning Leaders
Passing: Trevor McLaughlin – 71 yds, 80.0 Comp , 1 TD
Rushing: Trevel Thompkins – 52 att, 268 yds, 3 TDs
Receiving: Bryce McKenzie – 1 rec, 46 yds, 1 TD
Tackles: Trevel Thompkins – 49
Interceptions: Justin Britt – 1

2013 Schedule
Aug. 30 – at Crestview, 7 PM
Sept. 6 – Oak Glen, 7 PM
Sept. 13 – at East Palestine, 7 PM
Sept. 20 – Claymont, 7 PM
Sept. 27 – Niles, 7 PM
Oct. 4 – Edgewood, 7 PM
Oct. 11 – at Struthers, 7 PM
Oct. 18 – at Cambridge, 7 PM
Oct. 25 – East Liverpool, 7 PM
Nov. 1 – Poland, 7 PM

Offensive Strength: In 2010, the Beavers scored just 6.8 points per contest. Last year, they doubled that figure with an average of 13.7. Beaver Local also turned the ball over less last year (16) than the previous fall (27).

Offensive Weakness: Scoring the football has been a major issue for the Beavers as of late. You have to rewind the memory bank to 2007 to find the last season which Beaver Local had scored 20-points per game or more (21.4).

Defensive Strength: The Beavers finished with 18 takeaways (12 fumble recoveries/6 interceptions) a year ago, which was good for 3rd in the American Division. Beaver Local returns a quartet of linebackers in Trevel Thompkins (49 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries), Dylan Railing (30 tackles), Morley Marsden (20 tackles) and Kole McKenzie (18 tackles).

Defensive Weakness: The defense has allowed the opposition to average over 30 points per game in three of the last four seasons. If that number isn’t bad enough, the Beavers have allowed 51 rushing touchdowns over the past two years.

Storylines Facing the Beavers
1. Independent Schedule. The elimination of powerhouse teams like Howland, Canfield, and Hubbard from their schedule should serve the Beavers well.

2. Catching & Running the Ball? Three of the Beavers’ top four rushers from a year ago have graduated (Dan Lattanzio, Phillip Beohm, & Justin Osborne) while their top six pass catchers have left also (Justin Osborne, Phillip Beohm, Dan Lattanzio, Matt Sims, Larry Merriman, & Garrett Speelman). Who will be Coach McElroy’s targets on both aspects of the offense?

3. Fourth QB in Four Years. There will be a new signal caller again in Lisbon. We have seen Austin Brooks, Jared Britt, and Evan Schneider all line up under center over the last three years.

Did you know? Beaver Local has had five defensive players honored by being named to first-team All-State since 1996 (2007: Derek Wolfe, DL; 2004: Dan Kinsey, DB; 2003: Matt Vujaklya, DB; 1999: Josh Butler, LB; 1996: Steve Hoppel, DB).

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