Last season, Beaver Area won the WPIAL Class AA Championship and reached the PIAA title game but almost that entire team graduated. With just a few veterans returning, the inexperience showed early as the Bobcats lost five of their first six games.
At that point, only the most die-hard of Beaver fans were talking about the playoffs as the Bobcats lost their fourth game by three touchdowns at home – 21-0 to Ellwood City – and then lost to Riverside 12-4. That bandwagon is starting to get crowded now as the Bobcats haven't lost since. Now 6-4 in Section 5-AA play, Beaver is in control of a playoff spot.
In the five-game surge, Beaver has scored 62 runs and two of the wins have come against Shenango, the team chasing Beaver in the standings, giving the Bobcats a key tie-breaker. In its last win, a 5-2 game at Shenango that moved the Bobcats into the drivers' seat, senior Jake Hannan pitched a complete game and Mike Valent had the big hit. Last year, both learned by watching.