Beaver Area super sophomore Darius Wise missed a couple of games because of an injury and was anxious to return to action this past week against Laurel. However, he had to wait even longer as the Bobcats played the last high school game of the week.
Originally scheduled for 7:30 Saturday night as part of Beaver's homecoming celebration, the start of the game was delayed another hour because of lighting problems at Pat Tarquinio Field. Eventually, the game started and Wise put on a show. He scored five touchdowns – four rushing and once on an interception return.
He gained 197 yards rushing on just 10 attempts and intercepted two passes, returning them 80 yards. On the season, he is averaging 13.6 yards per play from scrimmage and has scored 16 touchdowns. His health will be a crucial factor in the Bobcats' postseason run. Beaver is now in control of a playoff spot and could clinch Friday with a win, depending on other games.