Keith Barnes profiles the Beaver Falls football team.
"Beaver Falls had a week to get the heartache of an emotional regular season-ending loss to Aliquippa out of its system before the WPIAL Class AA playoffs opened last Friday.
And it nearly wasn't enough time.
Not only was the team still dragging around baggage from that 44-21 loss to the Quips, it affected the No. 4 seed Tigers' preparation for their postseason matchup with No. 13 Apollo-Ridge — and it nearly cost them as the Vikings pushed them to the brink of elimination before Derrell Carter scored on a 5-yard touchdown run with 3½ seconds left to pull out a 33-29 victory.
"There's a lot of juniors and sophomores with a few seniors, and, if they haven't learned by now and have an understanding of how you need to prepare because this is a playoff atmosphere, only your best is going to suffice," coach Ryan Matsook said. "We've got to learn that lesson in a win and hopefully we'll move on with a better mindset.""