Beaver Swami Sayz: Grove City at Dubois Edition
Written by: Billy Splain on Thursday, October 6th, 2016
Up to the Challenge…
As the second half of the regular season gets into full swing, our furry warriors begin preparations for some tough opponents. After surviving dragon attacks the past 2 weeks, they must now prepare for an aerial assault from the Eagles of Grove City.
The Eagles are ranked 2nd in the WPA Football class 5A rankings for a reason, they are fast and flat out good. QB Kameron Patterson is currently the top passer in D10, Region 5 boasting 1368 passing yards, a 73.8 completion percentage and a 147.5 QBR. Senior receiver A.J. Turner is their top pass catcher with 629 yards on 22 receptions – he is a deep ball threat, and a force defensively at middle linebacker. If that wasn’t enough fire power, add in running backs Cordell Sanders and Jahmeer Jordan for good measure.
Consistency will be the key to success for the pond builders. They must find a way to repeat the defensive efforts displayed against Clearfield, Oil City, Warren and Allderdice. With senior lineman Ryan Pasternak back on both sides of the ball, both lines are anchored but the secondary will have to contend with Mr. Turner. On offense, the buck tooth bandits were a bit frustrated against Allderdice. The Dragons speedy corners effectively shut down the long ball and they used a 7 man rush to overpower the O-Line. Mistakes were the theme of the second half, but the defensive effort ensured that 29 points would be enough to claim victory. As good as Grove City is, let’s not forget that the Beavers have a host of offensive weapons at their disposal, including the leading receiver in the state, and the defense just shut down a 6A team.
The Swami feels that if offensive mistakes are at a minimum and the defense plays fast and furious, then the pond builders will emerge victorious. DuBois 35, Grove City 31
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