Beaver Local Looks to Build on Strong Finish
By BUBBA KAPRAL
LISBON — Beaver Local finished the 2015 season on a roll.
The Beavers captured five of their last seven games to finish with a 5-5 mark. Coach Jeremy McElroy is looking to build on that late-season momentum for bigger and better things in 2016.
Beaver welcomes back six starters on each side of the ball.
“We developed as the season went on in areas where we had to replace quality seniors from the previous year,” McElroy said. “We are looking forward to competing in the Buckeye 8 North and a strong out-of-conference schedule.”
Logan Bouscher (5-foot-11, 175 pounds) will take over at quarterback.
The letterwinning senior is backed up by junior Luke Call (5-9, 180).
Youth is being served at fullback. Sophomore Garrett Givens (6-1, 210) will be the starter while being supported by freshman Daniel Wirth (6-1, 185).
Robbie Johnston has graduated after enjoying a sparkling career at tailback.
Junior Michael Clendenning (6-0, 195) is poised to fill that role after seeing quality time last fall. Sophomore Donovan Garcia (5-10, 155) will also see some carries.
Junior Noah West (6-0, 190) will be the starter at tight end. Classmate Michael Bock (6-1, 190) is also pushing for regular duty.
The wideouts are senior Jacob Pancake (6-0, 165) and Torey Calio (5-9, 165). Both are sure-handed lettermen.
Providing support are a trio of promising juniors: Damien Emmert (5-8, 145), Shane Wright (5-10, 150) and Chris Yanni (5-8, 145).
The offensive line will be large, junior-dominated and in need of some rebuilding with one stellar performer returning in Terry Adkins (6-2, 245).
The rugged senior is a three-year starter at guard.
Junior Chad Mays (6-2, 210) will be the other starting guard while junior Andrew Gibson (6-2, 280) is a stud at center.
The tackle slots will be in the hands of juniors Parker Summer (6-1, 245) and Zach Thomas (6-4, 280). Should they need a breather, seniors David Mellinger (6-2, 280) and Ben Smith (6-2, 310) are up to the task.
Junior Logan Hughes (5-9, 175) provides support in the middle of the line.
The Beavers will use a 4-4 alignment on defense.
West and Mays are targeted for starting duty at defensive end. Bock and junior Zak Kestner (6-2, 220) will be their relief.
Gibson and Thomas are the tackles and should be effective run-stoppers. Mellinger and senior Ben Smith (6-2, 310) are the backups.
Calio and Emmert are active outside linebackers while Clendenning and Givens hold forth in the middle.
Supporting the outside backers are Yanni and sophomore Christian Lerussi (5-9, 145) while Adkins and sophomore Kobi Ream (5-9, 170) will see time in the middle.
Bouscher and Wright will open at cornerback while Call will roam the deep zone at safety. He will be understudied by Pancake. Garcia and sophomore Shiquan Wofford (5-9, 145) are the backup corners.
Beaver Local has added three new foes for the upcoming season. Akron North is the opener while Linsly has been added in Week 3 and Warrensville Heights in Week 6.
McElroy’s staff includes Stephen Mercer, David Allen, Aaron West, Charlie Dolnoisch, Rich Shilling, Rich Wright, Dan Kibler, TJ Osbon, Ed Weidger and Craig Voorhees.