Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Class 1a: Western Beaver Big Seven Conference

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Class 1a: Western Beaver Big Seven Conference

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Two seasons ago, Western Beaver found itself in an unfavorable yet unavoidable situation: It had to start eight sophomores, mostly at skill positions.

While the Golden Beavers wound up 0-9, those sophomores are now well-traveled seniors who came up one win short of the playoffs last fall.

"This year, we're hoping to build on that," coach Matt Gray said.

One of the team leaders is Jeddy Young, a middle linebacker and quarterback. Young became a leader on the field his sophomore season by demonstrating an understanding of the game strong enough that Gray said,"He's another coach on the field."

Another third-year starter, Louie Hapach, figures to find himself in mismatches often during the fall.

At 6 feet 2 and 180 pounds, Hapach can cover smaller receivers as a defensive back, and offensively, his role as the running back will be augmented with time split wide depending on opponents' size in the secondary. …

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