After wrapping up the school’s third undefeated regular season last year, things turned sour for Beallsville in the postseason – a 71-0 loss to Shadyside in the regional semifinals lingers. How will the team fare this season?
Eric Frantz checks in with a look at the 2007 Blue Devils.
QB/CB Kevin Stoney (5-11, 165, Sr.), OL/DE Andrew Ashland (5-11, 160, sr.), WB/DB Jimmy Reisz (5-8, 150, sr.), DB/TB Craig Neiswanger (5-9, 150, sr.)
2006 Record: 11-1
After wrapping up the school’s third undefeated regular season last year, things turned sour for Beallsville in the postseason. A 71-0 loss to Shadyside in the regional semifinals lingers.
“If we play Shadyside 10 times, they may beat us 10 times, but not like that,” Beallsville coach Dave Caldwell said. “It was just one of those nights where everything snowballed and we got beat bad. It wasn’t a good time. But you learn from it and move on.”
Don’t fret for Caldwell and the Blue Devils, they’ve had their share of success and this season looks to be another in a long run defined by winning.
Entering his 25th season at the school, Caldwell owns 160 wins and 17 league titles. The talent is in place to add a few more victories and another crown.
Although the Blue Devils suffered some heavy losses along the line and in the offensive backfield, the cupboard is not bare.
Senior quarterback Kevin Stoney returns after earning honorable mention All-Ohio honors last year and defensively Andrew Ashland is back. Ashland, a senior defensive end, registered a River Valley Football Conference record 25 sacks en route to first team All-Ohio recognition. Caldwell expects both players to contribute significantly on both sides of the ball.
Defense will be a strength for the Blue Devils who allowed just 5.6 points per game during the regular season.
“We emphasis offense a lot but if you’re going to get into the playoffs a lot depends on your defense,” Caldwell said. “We have six starters back on that side of the ball and we’ll get better.”
Stoney and Ashland are part of a small senior class (six) but such is life at Beallsville, which is one of the smallest schools in the state that fields a football team. Caldwell expects to have between 30-35 kids out which is the norm.
Said the coach: “It’s hard to predict the future at a small school like this, but if we keep healthy we should have a chance to compete for the conference championship and another trip to the playoffs.”
Beallsville 2007 Schedule
|8/24/2007||@ Pine Grove (W.Va.)||N/A|
|9/8/2007||@ Bishop Donahue (W.Va.)||N/A|
|9/14/2007||@ Cameron (W.Va.)||N/A|
|9/21/2007||New Matamoras Frontier||6|
|10/5/2007||@ Paden City (W.Va.)||N/A|
|10/19/2007||Bellaire St. John's||6|