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Football: Beaver Falls stuns Beaver

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Last year, when Beaver visited Beaver Falls, the Bobcats surprised their hosts with a 35-0 mercy rule win. This year, the Tigers returned the favor, jumping ahead 47-0 before the Bobcats scored to make the final score 47-7.

The Tigers set the tone early as Malik Shepherd returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a score. Before the Tigers finished scoring in the third quarter, they had added four more rushing touchdowns and two passing so the offense has been balanced. Beaver Falls also forced four turnovers without allowing any.

The Tigers are winning their games by an average of 38.7 points (the same as Aliquippa) and have not scored less than 39 points in any one game. The Beaver Falls' defense, not the strength of the team a year ago, has allowed just two touchdowns all year and both were after the clock was running under the mercy rule.

The schedule also gives the Tigers to develop more – the next four games are against teams that currently have losing records before finishing at currently undefeated New Brighton and hosting Aliquippa in the finale.

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Cross Country: Beaver Falls standout sticking out again

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Jasper Wilson profiles Beaver Falls cross country standout Dom Perretta.

"The cross country career of one of Western Pennsylvania's best young runners began thanks to popsicle sticks.

Entering high school, Dom Perretta had never run a competitive race of any sort. But, sitting in his industrial mechanics class at Beaver Falls High School as a freshman in the fall of 2012, fate intervened. His teacher asked if anyone wanted to pass out the tiny wooden pieces that often serve as placemarkers at cross country meets for participants after they cross the finish line.

Perretta took the job. And what he saw while helping out convinced him to ask Doug Biega, the cross country coach, if he could join the team.

"I was just thinking, 'This seems like fun," Perretta said. "This seems like I could do this.""

 

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Cross Country: Beaver Falls coach pulling double duty

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Jasper Wilson profiles Beaver Falls' Doug Biega, who coaches the school's boys basketball and cross country teams.

"In 16 seasons as boys basketball coach at Beaver Falls High School, Doug Biega has managed his emotions well, rarely receiving technical fouls and never getting thrown out of a game.

So it came as a surprise when the latter happened last year.

"I think I'm the first coach in the history of cross country to get ejected from a meet," Biega said, laughing.

Yes, Biega, winner of two Class AA PIAA boys basketball championships, also spends fall days outside instructing boys and girls more interested in mile splits than made baskets."

 

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Football: West Feature Athlete - Beaver Falls' Donovan Jeter

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Name: Donovan Jeter
High School: Beaver Falls
Grade: 11
Sport: Football
Position: Tight end/Defensive end

Background: Two years ago, Donovan Jeter made news by starting on the Beaver Falls basketball team as a freshman and excelling. Now, though, he is much better known as one of the top linemen prospects in the WPIAL despite being just a junior. He has multiple scholarship offers, including national champion Ohio State, but is concentrating on making life miserable on opposing linemen. He suffered a minor knee injury in the preseason and missed the second scrimmage (Ambridge) but has been making up for lost time since.

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Beaver Falls 2015 Football Preview

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Beaver Falls went 7-3 last season and qualified for the postseason for the eighth consecutive year. The Tigers did it with just 11 seniors and with the majority of their starters being underclassmen. The youthful nature of that team could lead to an even better outcome this season.

"Obviously, we want to improve upon our 7-3 record," coach Ryan Matsook said. "We were young. We virtually have our whole team intact, minus some key contributors. I think we have to challenge ourselves to keep getting better."

Improving defensively will be one of the biggest keys. The Tigers allowed 29 points per game but should make big strides in that department this season. The defensive line will be the strength of that unit. Defensive end Donovan Jeter (6-5, 275) is one of the most highly recruited juniors in the state and holds multiple Division I offers. Joining him will be a deep group highlighted by Malique Whaley (6-4, 220, Sr.) and Raquan Crowder (6-3, 270, Jr.).