Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sto-Rox Running Back Making It Beverly Hills

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sto-Rox Running Back Making It Beverly Hills

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In one sense it is easy to overlook Sto-Rox senior Josh Beverly.

He plays in an offensive backfield that features sophomore sensation Lenny Williams at quarterback.

On defense he plays with a unit that features three players who have been recruited to play defense next season at Division I college programs.

In another sense it is hard to overlook Beverly. On offense he is a home run threat every time he touches the ball and he has been just as valuable on the defensive line as defensive backs Marzett Geter and Dontez Ford and linebacker Deaysean Rippy.

Beverly, a McKees Rocks resident, scored his 12th touchdown of the season in a 62-14 win against South Side Beaver on Friday. He is the feature back in a dynamic Vikings offense.

But with players such as Williams, Geter, Ford and Rippy, and on a team that averages 46.7 points per game and routinely has five or six different players score in a game, it is easy to overlook any one individual.

"I would say I get overlooked," Beverly said. "But a lot of people get overlooked, you just have to do what you do and get over that."

What Beverly has been doing is scoring in bunches to help lead No. 2-ranked Sto-Rox to a 6-0 record, including four wins in the Big Seven Conference. Sto-Rox will play host to Western Beaver (3-3, 3- 1) Friday night.

After the fourth week of the season, Sto-Rox moved up to No. 2 in the rankings following a 48-27 win against two-time WPIAL Class A runner-up Rochester.

That game was a coming out party for Sto-Rox and Beverly who exploded for 256 yards on only 15 carries. He scored on runs of 22, 53 and 69 yards against a Rochester defense that had allowed only 26 points in three games to that point.

"Honestly, I know every time I get the ball it will either be a touchdown or a big play," Beverly said

In the passing game, Williams has six different receivers he utilizes, but when it comes to the running game, it is usually all Beverly all the time. …

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