Meadville Tribune

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August 26, 2013

Race to the top: Bulldogs chasing Slippery Rock for Region 5 crown

(Continued)

MEADVILLE —

DuBois Beavers

2012 record: 8-2 overall, 5-1 Region 5

Head coach: Frank Varischetti (7th season)

Opening week opponent: Home vs. Mifflin County, Friday at 7 p.m.

Where does DuBois keep getting these quarterbacks from? First there was Sean Sleigh, who threw for almost 3,600 yards in his career for the Beavers. Now there’s Gabe French, who tallied 1,540 passing yards, 17 TDs and just six interceptions as a sophomore starter last year. He’ll be back under center as a junior. And he’ll be welcoming back his top target from a year ago, junior Bryson Paulinellie, who caught 29 passes for 446 yards and nine TDs.

DuBois will have to develop some more options downfield, though. Receivers Garrett Miles and Jared Baummer both graduated. And the running game will be looking for new talent as well with the graduation of the Region 5 Player of the Year, running back Garrett Brown, who amassed 1,654 yards and 23 TDs on the ground in 2012.

Don’t feel too bad for DuBois, though. They bring back plenty of talent elsewhere, like two-way all-region lineman Tyler Fleeger; first-team kicker Josh Hnat; second-team linemen Matt Lingle and Nick Johnson; and second-team linebacker Cory Berquist. The Beavers are clear contenders for this year’s region title.

Warren Dragons

2012 record: 9-3 overall, 4-2 Region 5

Head coach: Greg Latimer (1st season)

Opening week opponent: Home vs. East, Friday at 7 p.m.

Greg Latimer, an assistant under Warren’s previous head coach Brad Wright, takes over the Dragons’ helm for the 2013 season.

One of his big tasks this year will be replacing standout quarterback Austin Jerman, who led Region 5 with 2,088 yards and 28 touchdowns through the air, and also led the team in rushing with 713 yards and seven TDs.

Jerman’s back-up last season, junior D.J Fehlman, will take over under center.

The team’s second-leading rusher, Matt Falvo, also graduated. However, senior Luke Wortman returns after gaining 521 yards and five TDs on 41 carries last season. He’ll also be the team’s top returning pass-catcher after grabbing 25 receptions for 377 yards and three TDs in 2012.

The Dragons will have to find replacements for their main passing targets of a year ago, wide out Jordan Willetts and tight end Marc Davis, both first-team all stars.

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