WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – We continue our travels around the north of the country to preview high school football teams by stopping at Beaver Falls for a look at the Beaver River football team Throw in 2021.
The Beavers with small numbers but big hearts who could very well lead this team to big things this season as they start the 2021 season with a smaller than usual squad.
The Beavers have 4 seniors returning from the spring football season and have a number of holes to fill after losing much of their offensive and defensive starters to completion.
Even so, Beaver’s coach Matt Lyndaker likes what he sees of his young group.
“It’s a great group of kids. I mean the numbers are small, but they work really hard. Everyone comes back every day and is here to work and study, ”said Lyndaker.
With the small numbers, a lot of the starters will have to play on both the offensive and defensive side of football, which the players believe will be a challenge but which they are ready for.
“I think we’re pretty even. We have a small team, so a lot of the same kids are playing on both sides of the field. It’s tough, but we train a lot so hopefully we can prepare well enough, ”said Jonah Mullin, quarterback and cornerback for Beaver River.
“You know, it’s always tough, but I love football so I just love playing both ways,” said Skyler Steiner, offensive tackle and defensive end.
“Well, I can see that my teammates are working hard. They want a successful season, I have a feeling, and they just don’t want to stop, they just want to keep going, ”said Derek Cheney, offensive guard and defensive end.
The Beavers played in their class during the spring sports season, posting a 0-3 record with losses to South Jeff, Watertown and Lowville.
A cut season is something Lyndaker says has benefited his team, especially as some of his younger players have had much-needed experience this season.
“Yes, definitely. I couldn’t imagine we haven’t had anything since 2019 so it was great to have this spring season. A lot is still fresh on their minds so let’s pick up where we left off and prepare for Bainbridge, ”said Lyndaker.
The Beavers will open their 2021 season on Friday September 10th while traveling to Bainbridge Guilford for a non-league competition.
The JCC. The men’s soccer team kicks off the 2021 season on the Coffeen Street campus on Saturday afternoon as they host the Erie Community College in a non-conference related competition. The game time is set at 1:00 p.m.
The Cannoneers didn’t play in 2020 due to COVID-19 but they hope to repeat the success of 2019 when the team set an overall record of 8-7-1 and 3-3 in mid-state conference game.
Coach Joe Vaadi has put together a strong squad that he believes can make a big difference this season.
“I think we have the opportunity to do that again. It depends on how they grow together and how the newcomers and the people who are not used to playing with each other come together. I think we really have a chance to be a solid team this fall. I have a couple of local kids and they are excited to play. You want to play. We are cautiously optimistic at the moment. We didn’t have a chance to scribe anyone, but we’ve worked our way up to some numbers and are looking forward to the season, ”said Vaadi.
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