Beavers Overtake Warren 56-14 on Senior Night
Written by: Grant Long on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
As kickoff was approaching, the Beaver seniors got to hear their names one last time at Mansell Stadium Friday night during the senior recognition ceremony. With mixed emotions, tears of joy, happiness and accomplishment streamed down the faces of parents, fans and senior players. As the clock ticked away the few final seconds of a night full of action and thrill, the finality of the night began to set in.
The Warren Dragons scored first off a 70 yard TD pass to go up by 7 within the first minute of play. DuBois did not get on the board until a 1 yard TD run by Junior RB Devin Clark at the 9:37 mark of the 1st quarter. Senior K Josh Hnat made the extra point and tied it up 7-7.
About four minutes later, Junior RB Bryson Paulinellie got another TD for the Beavers from 27 yards out on a pass from Junior QB Gabe French for the 14-7 tally after Hnats P.A.T. at 5:40 in the first quarter.
It is not too common to hear of an OL/DL punting the ball 65 yards but Senior OL/DL Tyler Fleeger did just that Friday night. He has punted for over 460 yards and has an average of 41.46 yards on 11 attempts.
After an unsuccessful Warren drive, the Beavers took control again with Junior WR Kevin Foley’s 61 yard TD reception from QB French near the beginning of the 2nd quarter. With Hnat’s extra point the Beavers were up 21-7.
Foley came up big again on defense pulling down a pass for an interception en-route to Junior RB Devin Clark’s TD. Hnat’s fourth point after gave DuBois a 28-7 advantage.
Warren answered back with a 34 yard TD run to close the gap to 28-14 in favor of DuBois.
French called his own number twice for 31 and 11 yard TD runs to give DuBois a 42-14 lead going into halftime. Hnat made his 5th and 6th P.A.Ts of the night off of French’s TDs.
About halfway through the 3rd quarter, Junior RB Devin Clark put up 6 more for the Beavers from 1 yard out for the 49-14 lead after Hnat’s kick.
In the most fitting way possible, Senior WR Austin Gahr took it to the house one last time for the final TD of the game and of his high school football career at Mansell Stadium. After Gahr’s 6 and Senior K Issac Kunselman’s point after at 4:07 in the fourth quarter, the Beavers ended their final regular season home game by the final score of 59-14.
Gahr, after his touchdown, “Scoring the last TD was pretty sweet. I’m really excited that I got to score on senior night!”
Senior night is a night for remembrance and reflection on the season that has passed and to a life yet to come after high school.
Some senior players commented on their time as members of the DuBois Area High School Beaver Varsity football team.
Senior OL/DL Tyler Fleeger commented, “Senior night went pretty well. We beat up on Warren the way we planned to do. We were pretty fired up going into the game also. With about 10 seconds left to go in the game it really hit me that it was my last home football game as a DuBois Beaver. I was getting anxious for the game to end but I didn’t want it to end at the same time.”
Senior DB TJ Troup noted, “I learned so much, even from a young age as a sophomore. This has changed how I look at myself as an athlete and as a person in general, and it has really opened me up to what I can really do. All the coaches have had faith in me, even more than I have had in myself sometimes. We played a crazy senior night game and we came out with so much intensity. It just felt great. When that clock hit zero, it hit me that this was my last home game of my high school football career.”
Senior LB Andrew Williams said, “I have never been in a sport or organization where the booster club has done such a good job. In the locker room at halftime it hit me that it was my last home game at Mansell Stadium. It was going to be the last time I was every going to be here. I listened to the coaches speeches and I realized that this was it.”
Senior LB Mike Marsh pointed out, “It was a good night, we had a good game. We played well and everybody seemed happy. I’m really going to miss hanging out with the guys in the locker room before games. I realized it was my last game when they said my name during senior recognition.”
Senior Cheerleading Captain Abby Fritz noted, “Senior night was good and it was really sad too. I cried seeing a lot of the younger girls crying for me knowing that I was leaving. It was very bitter sweet. There was a lot of drama, but it’s Cheerleading so… I wouldn’t expect anything else. (Laughs) When the student section started doing some of our cheers with us, it hit me that this was the last time I would ever be in front of those students. I will really miss it.”
Senior Manager Alex Kopp said, “It was a really emotional night. I’m going to miss all the players and the other staff girls. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I wish sometimes I could have been out on the field helping the boys or helping the coaches. Over all I think it has been a great season.”
Senior Manager Lauren Nelson commented, “This night has been extremely depressing, Even though I didn’t cry during senior recognition, it was really hard to pass all the boys and have to hug Britteny Sallack (Junior Manager) and Randy Curly (Head Equipment Manager. It was really hard to get past the thought that this was my last home game. My brain can’t wrap around the fact that I’m not going to be here next year.”
Some of the younger players had something to say about the seniors too.
Bryson Paulinellie commented, “I would like to say that all the seniors on the team were great to play alongside. They are nice, athletic, and very good friends. I always feel bad for the seniors that are leaving. Getting the big win was very important for them. They will all be surely missed.”
Devin Clark said, “I LOVE ‘EM ALL AND I WILL MISS THEM.”
The Beavers finish out the season on the road vs. Meadville and Slippery Rock.
I was honored on senior night too for my work that I do for this website and what I do for the school’s sports teams. I want to thank my communications teacher Mr. Sam Bundy for telling me about this internship. I also want to thank Mr. David Mika for allowing me to be a part of Westernpafootball.net for the past two years. This has been a great memory from my senior year. I have gained a valuable learning experience that will further my career in sports journalism and broadcasting.
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