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Posts tagged "DuBois football"
Posted: July 7th, 2014

DuBois Beavers
Coach: Frank Varischetti (8th season, 52-26)
2013 overall record: 6-5
2013 region record: 4-2 (tied for second)
2013 playoff results: Lost to Mifflin County 41-21 in a PIAA subregional.
Top players lost: Tyler Fleeger, Matt Lingle, Robbie Barnes, Josh Hnat, Trevor Schwiderske, Derek Allen, T.J. Troup
Top returning players: Gabe French, Bryson Paulinellie, Devin Clark, Kevin Foley, Adam Bankovich, Brad Peterson, Joe Peterson
Assistant coaches: T.J. Wingard, Chuck Pasternak, Benny Benasutti, Jordan Hoover, Clicker Clark, John DeSantis, Jeff Vizza, Mike Yamrick, Anthony Varischetti
Outlook: DuBois has continued to build its program up under coach Frank Varischetti and the Beavers are looking to take things a step further this season. DuBois lost to Mifflin County in a PIAA Class AAAA subregional last fall and returns most of its strong team. The Beavers will have to replace graduates Tyler Fleeger, Matt Lingle, Robbie Barnes, Trevor Schwiderske, Derek Allen. T.J. Troup and Josh Hnat. The biggest hole is left on the offensive line with Fleeger, Lingle and Barnes gone. Fleeger was voted to the all-region first team on the offensive and defensive lines, while Lingle and Barnes were big-time starters as well. Hnat is also a big loss after being voted to the all-region first team as a kicker, and Fleeger was a second-team punter. Lingle was also an all-region lineman as a second-team offensive lineman, while Allen was voted to the second team as a defensive lineman. DuBois has plenty of experience back at the skill positions. Quarterback Gabe French was voted to the all-region second team as a junior after throwing for 2,720 yards and 27 touchdowns. Bryson Paulinellie is also back as one of the top wide receivers that plays in District 10. He caught 73 passes for 1,250 yards and 15 touchdowns and was voted to the all-region first team and the Region 5 player of the year. The Beavers have most of their receiving corps back with the exception of Schwiderske and Austin Gahr. Schwiderske hauled in 16 passes for 121 yards, and Gahr caught seven passes for 80 yards. Schwiderske was voted to the all-region first team at defensive back and Troup was a second-team defensive back as both leave a big hole in the secondary. Aside from Paulinellie, DuBois returns Devin Clark, Cole Kriner, Dante Dawson and Kevin Foley. Kriner caught 35 passes for 417 yards and five touchdowns, while Dawson had 24 catches for 363 yards and five touchdowns. Clark had 262 yards on 23 catches and Foley grabbed 12 passes for 280 yards and one touchdown. Clark’s biggest presence is felt in the backfield as he ran for 1,256 yards and 22 touchdowns on 179 carries as a junior to be voted to the second team as a running back. DuBois will need to fill in holes on the line and secondary, but the Beavers return a strong set of linebackers. Adam Bankovich had 70 tackles, one sack and one interception to be voted to the all-region first team. Brad Peterson and Joe Peterson are back to anchor the defensive line after hitting the weights hard in the offseason, while Ryan Pasternak and Nick LaBrasca could contribute as well. The Beavers have a talented, fast team and will need to patch some holes in several areas. DuBois will enter a PIAA Class AAAA subregional after the regular season, but with a tough schedule that includes powerhouse Cathedral Prep, the Beavers could be battle-tested heading into the state playoffs.

29 at Mifflin County 7
5 at Meadville* 7
12 Conneaut* 7
19 at Cathedral Prep 7
26 at Punxustawney 7
3 Oil City* 7
10 at Bradford* 7
17 Franklin* 7
24 General McLane 7
31 Karns City 7
*Region 5 game

Up next: East

–Tom Reisenweber

Posted: June 30th, 2013

Frank Varischetti

Gabe French

Tyler Fleeger

DuBois Beavers
Coach: Frank Varischetti (7th season, 46-21)
2012 overall record: 8-2
2012 region record: 5-1 (second)
2012 playoff results: Lost to State College 35-13 in a PIAA Class AAAA subregional.

Top players lost: Garrett Miles, Garrett Brown, Nick Davido, Landon Hanna, Shane Marshall, Nick Bontempo, Jake Peterson, Jared Baummer

Top returning players: Bryson Paulinellie, Gabe French, Tyler Fleeger, Matt Lingle, Nick Johnson, Josh Hnat, Cory Berquist, Trevor Schwiderske, T.J. Troup

Outlook: DuBois continued to improve under coach Frank Varischetti last season but didn’t fare well in the playoffs. The Beavers have a strong group of linemen back and a rising collegiate prospect in quarterback Gabe French. DuBois will need to fill in some holes, including plenty of offensive production out of the backfield. Garrett Brown graduated after rushing for 1,751 yards and 23 touchdowns last fall, and Ben Mayro, another graduate, was second with 223 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Brown was voted to the all-region first team and the Region 5 Player of the Year as a senior. The Beavers also lost Garrett Miles, Nick Davido, Landon Hanna, Shane Marshall, Nick Bontempo, Jared Baummer and Jake Peterson to graduation. Davido was a first-team offensive and defensive lineman, while Hanna was voted to the first team at punter. Marshall was a first-team linebacker, and Peterson was a first-team defensive back. Miles was voted to the second team at wide receiver after hauling in 33 catches for 360 yards and three touchdowns. Baummer was third in receiving with 26 catches for 399 yards and three touchdowns, and Brown was fourth with 18 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns to leave more holes in production. Bontempo was voted to the all-region second team at linebacker to complete a talented class lost to graduation for DuBois.

The Beavers have a strong group of experienced players to lead the way this year, including Bryson Paulinellie, Gabe French, Tyler Fleeger, Matt Lingle, Nick Johnson, Josh Hnat, Cory Berquist, Trevor Schwiderske and T.J. Troup. French was voted to the second team as a sophomore quarterback after throwing for 1,540 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is back to lead a team that is looking for a running back or two to step up. One candidate could be Paulinellie, who spent time in the backfield and was a main receiver last year. Paulinellie, who was voted to the all-region second team at wide receiver, caught 29 passes for 445 yards and nine touchdowns and ran for 137 yards. Fleeger is a returning first-team lineman on offense and defense to anchor the line, while Josh Hnat is back at kicker after making the all-region first team his junior season. Lingle and Johnson are returning second-team offensive lineman, and Berquist is a returning second-team linebacker. Derek Hillebrand could step up as a wide receiver after hauling in seven catches for 72 yards as a junior, and Chandler Davis had six catches for 59 yards. The Beavers have an experienced line but they need several skill position players to step up. Having a solid quarterback back this season is important for DuBois, especially with a challenging schedule. DuBois picked up an interesting game in West Virginia and opens the season at home against possible PIAA playoff opponent Mifflin County. If the Beavers can develop a backfield and more targets for French, they could be a contender in Region 5 and a tough out in the PIAA postseason.

30 Mifflin County 7
6 at Franklin* 7
13 Punxsutawney 7
20 Oil City* 7
27 Bradford* 7
4 at Morgantown (W.Va.) 7
11 at Brookville 7
18 Warren* 7
25 at Meadville* 7
1 at Slippery Rock* 7
*Region 5 games

Monday: East
–Tom Reisenweber
Posted: July 2nd, 2012

DuBois Beavers
Coach (season, record): Frank Varischetti (2nd season at DuBois, 6th season overall, 8-3 at DuBois, 38-19 overall)
2011 overall record: 8-3
2011 region record (place): 4-2 (third)
2011 playoff results: Lost 28-17 to State College in a PIAA Class AAAA subregional.
Top players lost: Max Hine, Sean Sleigh, Dylan Himes, Gabriel Hrecznyj, Joe Morrison, Brady Haines, Shaun Foley, Jeremiah Clinchoc, Justin Yale, Broc McKolosky, Garrett Kerner
Top returning players: Garrett Brown, Shane Marshall, Garrett Miles
Outlook: DuBois will be starting from scratch this season after massive graduation losses. The Beavers graduated most of their skill position players and could go through some growing pains. DuBois won eight games under new head coach Frank Variscetti but couldn’t get past State College in the playoffs. Max Hine, Sean Sleigh, Dylan Himes, Gabriel Hrecznyj, Joe Morrison, Brady Haines, Shaun Foley, Jeremiah Clinchoc, Justin Yale, Broc McKolosky and Garrett Kerner graduated in the spring. Hine was a first-team all-region wide receiver and second-team defensive back. Hine caught 57 passes for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns last year and had two interceptions. Sleigh, a first-team quarterback, completed 170-of-295 for 2,048 yards and 18 touchdowns. His arm and play-making ability (316 rushing yards) might be the biggest losses for DuBois. The Beavers also lost two all-region lineman. Himes was a first-team defensive lineman and second-team offensive lineman, while Morrison was a second-team defensive lineman. Morrison had 93 tackles and three sacks as a senior. The Beavers even lost their kicker, Gabriel Hrecznyj, who was voted all-region after connecting on 47 extra points and four field goals.

The position battles in camp should be interesting for DuBois. Gabe French, a 6-foot 1-inch 155-pound quarterback, completed 14-of-24 for 114 yards and two touchdowns. He may step in to start for Sleigh at quarterback but his size could also be used as a wide receiver. Brown, a second-team selection at all-purpose, led the Beavers with 699 yards on 101 carries, including five touchdowns, and he caught 27 passes for 240 yards. He might be the main driving force of this year’s offense. Shane Marshall was the Beavers’ fourth-leading rusher last fall with 140 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown. Despite his limited carries, he is one of DuBois’ top returning rushers. Garrett Miles caught 22 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns. He finished as the Beavers’ fourth-leading receiver but see his touches increase significantly. On defense, Marshall led DuBois with 113 tackles last fall but the next four tackles have graduated, including McKolosky (92 tackles) and Kerner (90).

DuBois opens the season immediately with a possible playoff opponent at Mifflin County. The Beavers’ toughest stretch could come at the end of the season. DuBois should be near the top of the region before finishing the season at Warren and back-to-back home games with Meadville and Slippery Rock.

31 at Mifflin County 7
7 Franklin* 7
14 at Punxsutawney 7
21 at Oil City* 7
28 at Bradford* 7
5 Bye
12 Brookville 7
19 at Warren* 7
26 Meadville* 7
2 Slippery Rock* 7
*Region 5 games

Tuesday: East

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted: August 29th, 2011

The Erie Times-News and are continuing District 10 football preview coverage this week, leading up to Friday’s season openers. Starting Sunday, the preview coverage included Region 6, McDowell and Region 4. The coverage will continue through Thursday. Included in each preview are complete rosters for each team.

Earlier, the Times-News published the 112-page Kickoff preseason guide and posted the online Summer Huddle series on the Varsity blog.

Check out the links to the Times-News team previews:
Sunday: McDowell preview
Sunday: Region 6
Monday: Region 4
Tuesday: Region 5
Wednesday: Region 2
Thursday: Region 3
Thursday: Region 1

Posted in: District 10, Football
Posted: July 31st, 2011

The DuBois football team has a new coach in Frank Varischetti and his high-flying offense has already made its mark in District 10. The Beavers traveled to Corry on Saturday and won the Corry passing camp. Varischetti coached at Brockway the past four years where his offense transformed Derek Buganza into Pennsylvania’s all-time career passer with 9,752 yards.

DuBois returns senior leader Sean Sleigh at quarterback, who threw for 1,517 yards and 11 touchdowns last fall. DuBois beat Southwestern out of New York in the quarterfinals before knocking off Corry Black, which is a split squad Corry team, in the semifinals. The Beavers defeated Jamestown (N.Y.) in the championship. Corry Black and DuBois were the only District 10 teams to make the semifinals, while Girard and Eisenhower qualified for the quarterfinals. Warren defeated East in the 2010 championship.

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Football

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