DuBois is Victorious over Brookville With Solid Effort
Written by: Phil Myers on Saturday, October 27th, 2018
The DuBois Beavers played a whale of a game in defeating the Brookville Raiders 16-7 Friday on a rainy Senior Night at Mansell Stadium. They dominated every facet of the game from time of possession to yardage to controlling the line of scrimmage. Their senior quarterback, Eric Schneider, who played wide receiver most of the year, was the number one star of the game. He only threw for 18 yards on two completions, but Schneider ran the ball 34 times gaining 226 yards and scored the only Beaver touchdown. The number two star was senior Dylan McCluskey, who actually was the difference in the game by kicking three field goals. McCluskey, who lines up as running back, contributed 78 yards rushing to boot. The number three star was the much-maligned DuBois defense which limited Brookville’s potent offense to 100 total yards and a touchdown.
On the other side, as good as Brookville looked last week in beating Ridgway and giving the Elkers their first loss, they looked just as bad this night as the Raiders appeared to be discombobulated and out of sync most of the game including dropping eight passes and missing numerous tackles. But, give credit to DuBois. Their offensive and defensive lines had the upper hand most of the night wearing down the Blue Raiders. In addition, Schneider and McCluskey made some nice runs spinning away from or pulling out of the grasp of would be tacklers.
It all started with the Beavers winning the toss and electing to play defense. Robert Keth of Brookville tossed three straight incomplete passes, although two were dropped. Then, Bryan Dworek thought he could fool DuBois with a fake punt, but gained only three yards and the Beavers took over at the Raider 33. It took the home team nine plays to score, but score they did on Schneider’s four-yard scurry. Nico McDonald hit the PAT and DuBois led 7-0 four minutes and four seconds into the contest.
Later in the first quarter, Beaver defensive back Coy Donahue swiped his second pass of the night at the fifty and returned it to the Brookville 32. DuBois worked its way to the Raider twelve before the drive fizzled out. That’s when McCluskey nailed the first of his 3 field goals on the night, a 29 yarder that put the home team on top 10-0 with a minute left in the opening stanza.
There was no scoring in period two as the teams played for and traded field possession. Both teams had the ball four times in the second quarter with Brookville having the best scoring chance. Starting out at their own 40 with just under four minutes remaining, the visitors put together their longest drive of the evening in terms of plays (7) and yardage (31). Two third down passes to Ian Thrush, one for thirty-three yards and the other for thirteen yards, gave the Blue Raiders a first down at the Beaver 18. Then calamity struck when Keth was belted as he was about to launch another pass. The loose pigskin was pounced on by Jordan Frano of the Beavers back at the 29 to preserve their 10-0 going into the break.
DuBois received the second half kick and, thanks to Schneider’s brilliant scramble for 43 yards on a third and fourteen, drove to Brookville’s nine-yard line before the advance petered out. McCluskey was called on again to try a field goal and he put the ball straight through the uprights from 26 yards out to give his team a 13-0 lead at the 7:20 mark of the third.
Later in the quarter, Nathan Taylor’s first punt of the night (Dworek had been doing the punting) travelled 47 yards pinning DuBois at its five-yard line. Again, Schneider scooted for a first down gaining twelve yards, but this time he fumbled the ball and Keth recovered for Brookville at the Beaver 18. On second down from the 15 Keth found Cabe Park on a slant and he went untouched into the end zone for Brookville’s touchdown. Suddenly, after Donavan Hoffman’s PAT, it was 13-7 with a little over two minutes left in the third quarter. Brookville was now just one score away from taking the lead.
The Beavers responded, however, by traversing 46 yards from their forty-one to the Raider thirteen, chewing up almost five minutes on the 8-play drive. McCluskey ripped off a 31-yard rumble for the highlight of this particular march downfield. With the drive stalled out at Brookville’s thirteen, McCluskey came on to send his third field goal between the goal posts to extend the Beaver margin to nine, at 16-7.
Brookville never really threatened in the last nine minutes, although they did get near mid-field once before a fifteen-yard penalty and a nine-yard sack doomed that possession. Schneider toted the ball twelve straight times over the course the Beavers’ last three drives of the game. DuBois got to the Raider one with 2:24 left, but Schneider fumbled and Brookville’s Cabe Park recovered. Brookville gained two first downs, but a fourth down pass fell incomplete allowing DuBois to run out the clock.
Game Notes: DuBois outgained Brookville 340 total yards to 100, including having 322 yards rushing to the Raiders’ -9. The Beavers’ more than doubled Brookville’s time of possession 33 minutes to 15. Keth was 13 for 34 passing for 109 yards, one TD, and he threw two picks. He was pressured much of the time, although his teammates did drop those 8 passes and the wet ball caused him to under throw open receivers a couple of times. Thrush caught four passes for 79 yards to lead the Raider receivers. DuBois upped their record to 4-6 and will be the fourth seed in the AAAA 5-6-9 district playoffs. That pits them against the 10-0 Clearfield Bison, who is the top seed, next week at the Bison Sports Complex in Hyde. Clearfield bested DuBois 28-3 in the first game of the year. Brookville falls to 6-4 and will be the third seed in District Nine’s AA playoffs. That means they will travel to Brockway, the two seed, in two weeks. Brockway is 8-2 and topped Brookville 28-25 early in the season.
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