2014 Beaver Local Football Preview

2014 Beaver Local Beavers’ Football Preview
2013 Record: 2-8
Head Coach: Jeremy McElroy, 6th Season overall (5-45)
Division: 4
Last Trip to Post-Season: 2005
School Playoff Record: 3-6
5-Year Winning Percentage: 16.3%

2014 Schedule
Aug. 29 – Crestview, 7
Sept. 5 – at Oak Glen, 7
Sept. 12 – East Palestine, 7
Sept. 19 – at Claymont, 7
Sept. 26 – at Niles, 7
Oct. 3 – Indian Creek, 7
Oct. 10 – at Buckeye Local, 7
Oct. 17 – Cambridge, 7
Oct. 24 – at East Liverpool, 7:30
Oct. 31 – Brookfield, 7

Single Season Leaders
Rushing Yards: Jordan Williams, 1620
Passing Yards: Doug Dawson, 1649
Interceptions: John Betteridge & Steve Hoppel, 10

Year in Review: After defeating winless Oak Glen and East Palestine in successive weeks, the Beavers lost their final seven contests to close out the season at 2-8.

Robert Johnston displayed glimpses of what he is capable of with the football in his hands in 2013. Johnston ran for 233 yards in a week two victory over Oak Glen, 30-7. The team’s quarterback Trevore McLaughlin also shined as a sophomore last year. McLaughlin, who completed 4 of 5 passes as a freshman, connected on 6 touchdown tosses compared to just 3 interceptions last fall.

In Jeremy McElroy’s first two seasons at the helm of Beaver Local, the Beavers have allowed 607 points compared to just 252 points scored. With that said, the prior two seasons saw the team score just 160 points (80 per year). Here’s a comparison based on the amount of scoring which has taken place over the last decade. It took Beaver Local 80 games (in 8 years: 2006-2013) to score 1068 points. The Beavers scored 1068 points within their previous thirty games (2003-05).

The Beavers open the season at home against Crestview.

2013 Team Leaders
Points Scored Per Game: 11.5 (59th in Area)
Points Allowed Per Game: 30.3 (50th in Area)

3 Things to Watch in Lisbon
Scoring has been an issue.
Since the beginning of the 2006 season, Beaver Local has scored 24-points or more fourteen times. They’ve scored 30-points or more just six times.

Defensive problems.
In five of the last six seasons, Beaver Local has allowed their opponents’ to average more than 30-points per game.

Youth movement
Last year, plenty of young players saw their time to shine on Friday nights. Plan for more of the same this fall. The junior class is loaded with quality talent led by running backs Robert Johnston and Dustin Martsoff and receiver Bryce McKenzie. Johnston totaled a 4.8 yard per carry average last year (157 attempts, 752 yards) and also finished second on the team in receptions (17). Martsoff had 2 touchdown runs and McKenzie hauled in 5 passes for 53 yards. The team’s quarterback is also a junior, Trevore McLaughlin. Number 22 completed 51.3% of his passes (41-80) and 6 scores.

Recent Offensive Leaders
Passing Yards
2013: Trevore McLaughlin – 501
2012: Austin Brooks – 498
2011: Jared Britt – 479
2010: Evan Schieder – 710

Rushing Yards
2013: Robert Johnston – 752
2012: Daniel Lattanzio – 546
2011: Daniel Lattanzio – 646
2010: Ricky May – 260

Receiving Yards
2013: Hayden Grafton – 253
2012: Justin Osborne – 291
2011: Mike Haydu – 198
2010: Jerod Pirl – 313

Fact Finder: Beaver Local is one of only 4 area teams who have failed to post a winning season since 2007 (Lisbon, Sebring, Kennedy Catholic)…The Beavers have fallen to a 2-11 record in their past thirteen games in the month of September…Beaver Local has won two of their last three opening day games.

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