With baseball season in full swing, it is easy to forget that football season will soon be upon us! Summer workouts will be critical to our success in this transition year – opportunities at several positions in the starting lineup are there for those willing to go the extra mile this summer: Receiver, Quarterback, O-Line, D-Line, D-backs, and running back just to name a few! Work hard this summer and leave the excuses on the opponent’s sideline this fall!!
Youth football CAMP Brochure 2015 The 2015 Youth Football Camp Dates have been released. The camp opens Tuesday, June 16th and runs through Thursday, June 18th. The event will be held at the High School Practice Field located behind the DuBois Area High School. Grades 2nd – 9th are welcome. The varsity staff led by Head Coach Frank Varischetti will instruct the youth on proper technique at every football position. Come have fun learning the great game of football, compete in Thursday’s Punt, Pass, and Kick competition, and enjoy a pizza party with players from around the area. We hope to see you this summer.
The DuBois Beavers have maxed out. Five seniors have been selected to the Lezzer Lumber Classic All Star Team and will represent the North. Defensive Lineman Brad Peterson, Running Back Devin Clark, Quarterback Gabe French, Offensive Lineman Joe Peterson, and Wide Receiver Bryson Paulinellie will play together one last time this June. On a team with so many quality athletes Cole Kriner, Kevin Foley and Robert Zillhaver were all considered by the committee as well. Further details will be released as they are made available.
Despite the loss of so many profound seniors the Beavers have a lot to hang their 2015 hat on. The strength and experience of the team my have shifted to a powerful hard hitting defense. Russell, Shaffer and Bankovich will be a force to be reckoned with at linebacker. The D line will be anchored by two strong athletes in Pasternak and Labrasca who could be joined by Foradora. The secondary will have experience, size, and athleticism in Bankovich, Sloan, Reed and Dawson. The offense will have some big holes to fill and none more glaring than quarterback. Senior Zack Sloan, Junior Drew Bankovich, and Sophomore Matt Miller will compete to become the next Beaver signal caller. Coach Varischetti has a history of developing underclassmen quarterbacks which means Matt Miller will most likely see some time this season. Zack Sloan offers Coach V the most game experience cleaning up for French in 2014 and holding for kicks. Bankovich and Miller are both coming off season ending injuries so preseason scrimmages could answer the questions. Whoever the quarterback or quarterbacks are in 2015 only the right side of the O line will be back as Pasternak, Foradora, and TE Labrasca return. If a new group can open holes several quality athletes will compete for the role of running back. The position will most likely be platooned due to great depth at the position. At WR Dawson should be dominate, chasing Paulinellie’s records in 2015. He will be joined by some great athletes at the wide receiver position in Labrasca, Reed, Bankovich, Sloan, and Braden Paulinellie to name just a few. The Swami believes Coach Varischetti will get solid play at the quarterback due to big playmakers at wide receiver and a strong running game. Swami sees Beaver depth on the O Line as the only real question for the 2015 season.
Gabe French was honored at Penn State by the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation on Sunday. Gabe would like to thank Coach Varischetti, Coach Benasutti and especially Coach Pasternak for his nomination as the DuBois Scholar Athlete. The foundation honored 50 Scholar Athletes from the region and French was 1 of 13 to receive a scholarship from the organization. The DuBois quarterback was also selected as one of two athletes to represent the foundation nationally. The East Stroudsburg recruit plans to enter the Honors Program and major in Bio-Chemistry with a concentration in Pre-med.
With the Beavers coming off of a successful 2014 season, many question marks fill the potential 2015 lineup. Opportunities abound for those willing put in the work – WHO WANTS IT?!?! Big shoes to fill from the outgoing senior class; Quarterback Gabe French, Running back Devin Clark, Linemen Joe and Brad Peterson, Branson Luther, Caleb Meighen, Robert Zilhaver, and receivers Bryson Paulinellie, Kevin Foley and Cole Kriner just to name a few.
Who will step up? It all starts with the off season. For those who believe the 2015 season began the day after the 2014 season ended, you are well on your way!
The Beavers love a nonstop rain. A wet senior night didn’t dampen the spirits of DuBois as they welcomed back two key components of the Beaver Express. Guard Robert Zillhaver and all time leading receiver Bryson Paulinellie returned to the lineup lifting the spirits of the team as they faced undefeated and sixth ranked Karns City.
The rain placed a large emphasis on the battle in the trenches and Zillhaver’s addition to that war made handling the Beaver bigs a handful. On the offensive side of the ball Joe Peterson, Robert Zillhaver, Zach Good, Ryan Pasternak, and Dom Foradora had little difficulty picking up blitzes or opening up holes for French to run through. The pouring rain made snapping the ball for Branson Luther a real challenge but one he handled beautifully. On the opposite side of the ball the line’s pressure created problems for the Gremlins tricky running game all night forcing mistakes and even blocking a punt when giant Brad Peterson got his paw on the ball resulting in a Beaver touchdown.
DuBois Head Coach Frank Varischetti showed that his squad can win a lot of different ways. Varischetti dialed up a heavy dose of Gabe French for the Gremlins as he ran his horse for a career high 247 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries. French accounted for an unheard of 577 yards of total offense. In another twist Karns City had difficulty matching up with Devin Clark out of the backfield resulting in 99 yards and two touchdowns receiving. Despite a Gremlin defense that tried cover two and cover three formations French’s deep ball still found Dante Dawson on a 50 yard touchdown pass. The duo of Kriner and Foley also had big nights adding to the team’s 330 yards through the air.
In a seesaw game that found DuBois down by ten late in the third the Beaver Defense answered the call pulling the plug on the gremlin offense and placing the ball in French’s hands. The Beavers never quit and Gabe handled the Gremlin defense like a true champion running when the linebackers dropped into coverage and hitting a talented group of receivers when they rushed. When the lights when out on Mansell Stadium the Beavers were on top 35-31 and Karns City was one win shy of an undefeated season as the Beaver faithful chanted nine and one, nine and one.
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.