Beavers on the All-State Team
Posted on 12/13/13
Article by Chris Lawless

This week the names of the AA all-state football team were released. There were eight players from Bluefield on that list. Two Beavers made it to the first team list. Junior running back D.J. Stewart made the first team as running back for the Beavers. Stewart ran for well over 1000 yards this season that helped him grab this honor. The other Beaver to make the first team was senior D.J. Edwards at wide receiver. Two Beavers received the second team honor, Corey Coppola at linebacker and Francesco Desiderio at kicker; both Coppola and Desiderio were key contributors to the success of the Beavers this season. The Beavers quarterback R.J. Bourne received special mention. Three other Beavers were placed on the honorable mention list. Those three players were D.J. Sims, Cody Gore, and Brennan Wheeler. This is a great honor for all these eight Beavers to have their hard work pay off with this honor.


Football Season Comes to an End
Posted on 12/13/13
Article by Chris Lawless

This past weekend West Virginia High School football came to an end. The state title games for A, AA, and AAA were played on Friday and Saturday. The AA match-up was held between the Wayne Pioneers and the Bridgeport Indians on Friday night. This game was played in the snow that covered the entire field in the hour before the game. The 2 seeded Indians took down Wayne and its record tying win streak down with a score of 14-13. This also ended the back to back state title run by Wayne. The AAA state title was held at noon on Saturday. This was also a matchup that saw the 1 and 2 seeds playing each other. The 2 seed Martinsburg grabbed their fourth straight title in class AAA with a 9-7 win over the top seeded Huntington Highlanders. The closest team to us in a title game was Greenbrier West who played the top ranked Madonna in the class A title game. Madonna came out with a 10 point win 24-14. These were the final high school games that will be played until August of 2014.

Beavers' Season Comes to an End
Posted on 12/4/13
Article by Corey Coppola

The Bluefield Beavers traveled to Bridgeport on 11-29-13 to take on the Bridgeport Indians to play in the class AA semifinals. The Beavers hope for another state championship came to an end, as the Indians defeated the Beavers 42-21. The Beavers were hoping for a rematch against the Wayne Pioneers since the Beavers fell to them 29-27 in week 10 of the regular season. That rematch will have to wait until next year. It just was not a good night for the Beavers. Bridgeport came out strong and it was 14-0 at the half. After the half, there were several comebacks that did not work out for the Beavers. One play involved a Bridgeport fumble that was recovered by the Beavers and the runner was ruled down. On another play, a Bluefield punt was muffed by a Bridgeport returner and recovered by the Beavers. Both times the ball remained with the Indians. The Beavers had 90 yards rushing and 201 yards receiving. Bridgeport had 319 yards rushing. RJ Bourne completed 16-30 passes. DJ Edwards had two receiving touchdowns and DJ Stewart had one rushing touchdown. The Beavers finished up their season 13-3 with a semifinals appearance. Bluefield fell one game short of the state championship. The state AA championship will be played on Friday 12-6-13 between defending 2012 state champions Wayne Pioneers and the Bridgeport Indians. Kickoff will be at 7:30p.m. at Wheeling Island.


Playoff Update
Posted on 11/26/13
Article by Chris Lawless

In the second round of the class AA playoffs there were four quarterfinal games played. Three of the games were played on Friday night in the rain. The number one seeded Wayne Pioneers played host to the 8 seed, Sissonville. The Pioneers struggled early as both teams had trouble in the rain and mud at Wayne, but Wayne came out on top with a 48-7 win the pouch their ticket to the semi-finals. Wayne will play host to Robert C. Byrd in the semifinals, after the 13 seed defeated Ritchie County 36-6. This semifinal match-up will be a rematch of the semifinal game these two played last year, which Wayne won 18-0. In the other half of the bracket, the Bluefield Beavers punched their ticket to the semifinals with a 26-14 victory over Nicholas County. This will be the first trip to semifinals since 2010 for the Beavers. The Beavers will play the second seed in the semifinals, which is the Bridgeport Indians. Bridgeport is 11-1 on the season and defeated Fairmont Senior 28-0 on Saturday to get into the semifinals. Both class AA semifinal game will be played on Friday night at 7:30.


Week One Preview
Posted on 11/15/13
Article by Chris Lawless

Tomorrow night the number three seeded Bluefield Beavers will host the number 14 seeded Ravenswood Red Devils. The Beavers finished the season 8-2, with both losses coming by a combined five points. Ravenswood finished the season with a 6-4 record. Bluefield and Ravenswood had one common opponent during the season which was Wayne. Ravenswood lost to Wayne 57-6 while Bluefield just fell short by two points. Bluefield averaged 50 points a game on the year while the Beavers defense only allowed 17 points a game. Ravenswood has scored 32 points a game while only allowing 24 points a game. The winner of this game will play the winner of the 6 seed vs. the 11 seed matchup tonight that is between Wyoming East and Nicholas County. Kickoff for the Beaver game is set for 7:30 Saturday at Mitchell Stadium.


 Beavers Fall Short
Posted on 11/15/13
Article by
Chris Lawless

On Friday, November 8, two of the best AA teams met on the turf at Mitchell Stadium. This match up had the 8-1 Bluefield Beavers hosting the 9-0 Wayne Pioneers. The number one seed in the AA playoffs was at stake in this game, along with the 32 game win streak the Pioneers came into the game with. The Pioneers pushed the win streak to 33 games and grabbed the top spot in AA with a thrilling 29-27 win over the Beavers. On the Beavers first drive the Pioneers proved it would not be easy for the Beavers offense, when the Beavers went three plays and out. The Pioneers began their opening drive on their own 33 yard line. Eight plays later Wayne’s Mason Hodge ran three yards for the first score of the game. On the Beavers second drive the offense got the ball to the 14 yard line, where Francisco Desiderio kicked a 41 yard field goal to make the score 7-3. On the next Wayne offensive drive Grant Ferguson ran 81 yards for the second Pioneer touchdown. The point after was off to the right, so the score was 13-3 in favor of the Pioneers. The first quarter seemed to be all Wayne, but the tables tuned in the Beavers favor in the second quarter. A mixture of passing and running, the Beavers got the ball to the 20 yard line where Corey Coppola scored on a 20 yard run which pulled the Beavers within 3 points at 13-10. The Beavers forced the first turnover of the game when Mason Hodge was stripped at 42 yard line. The Beavers were able to kick a 27 yard field goal to tie the game at 13 at halftime. After halftime, Daniel Barker scooped up a fumble at the 32 yard line and ran for the touchdown that gave the Beavers their first lead of the game at 20-13. Wayne then went on a 10 play 54 yard drive to retake the lead at 21-20. Wayne scored again with just over 2 minutes to go in the game and went for two to make the score 29-20. A double pass set the Beavers up at the 14 yard line, where DJ Edwards snagged a 14 yard touchdown pass to bring the score to 29-27 with 2:10 to play. The Beavers got the ball back with 47 seconds left in the game; the drive looked promising until a Pioneer defender made an athletic play that put an end to the game of the year. Wayne will now be the 1 seed in the playoffs and the Beavers will be the 3 seed. These two great teams could meet again in the state title game in Wheeling.

Beavers Break Mavericks
Posted on 11/8/13
Article by
Corey Coppola

The currently #1 ranked Class AA Bluefield Beavers held the James Monroe Mavericks to 91 total offensive yards and had over 500 offensive yards in their 61-14 on Senior night at Mitchell Stadium on 11-1-13. The Beavers used 14 different backs to rush for 433 yards on the ground, and threw to 4 receivers for 91 yards through the air. The Beavers scored on their first nine processions of the game, with 54 of their points being scored in the first half. Bluefield’s starters left the game before the half, as the Beavers defense allowed no points in the first half of the game. The power defense was led up front by Seniors Cody Gore, DJ Simms and Brandon Lilly. The Mavericks had only two first downs against the Beavers defense with their only two scores coming in the fourth quarter. DJ Stewart and Corey Coppola both had two touchdowns; RJ Bourne rushed for a touchdown and completed 6-7 passes. While Charles Ross, Brennan Wheeler, Jordan Masterson and Carlos Reed each had a touchdown. DJ Edwards and Justin Carter each had 2 receptions, while Brandon Lilly and Charles Ross each had one. The Beavers will host undefeated, back-to-back defending Class AA state champions, the Wayne Pioneers on Friday (11-8-13) at Mitchell Stadium. This will be an epic battle, as the winner will take the #1 seed and the loser will be the #3 seed.


Wayne Preview
Posted on 11/8/13
Article by Chris Lawless

Tonight the #1 Bluefield Beavers play host to the #2 Wayne Pioneers at Mitchell Stadium. This game could be the best game in the state of West Virginia for the whole season. Wayne comes into tonight’s game a perfect 9-0 on the year and on a huge 32 game win streak. With a win tonight the Pioneers would break the record for the longest win streak that the Beavers hold. The Beavers, who are 8-1, would love to put an end to the Pioneers win streak at home. The winner of this game will hold the #1 seed for the class AA playoffs which start in a week from now. On paper the Beavers and Pioneers look very similar; each team has 3 state titles in the past 14 seasons. On the year Wayne is averaging 52 points a game while only allowing 15; on the other hand, the Beavers are also averaging 52 points a game and only allowing 16 points a game. Each quarterback, Grant Ferguson for Wayne and R.J. Bourne for Bluefield have thrown for over 1,000 yards on the year. Both of these quarterbacks are complemented with a strong running game from their teams. This game looks to be what could be a preview of a match up in Wheeling.


Beavers Burn Devils
Posted on 10/30/13
Article by Corey Coppola

The #2AA Bluefield Beavers traveled to Oak Hill on Friday, October 25, 2013 to take on the #8 AAA Red Devils. Both teams held a season record of 6-1, with Oak Hill’s loss being against #2 AAA Point Pleasant. The team’s last meeting ended 51-50 in favor of the Beavers. Bluefield had used 15 plays and over 6 minutes of the clock, when DJ Stewart reached the end zone for the first score of the game. The Beavers forced Oak Hill into a three and out on their first series of the game. Charles Ross found the end zone for Bluefield’s second touchdown, giving the Beavers a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. RJ Bourne and DJ Edwards both added touchdowns to give the Beavers a 28-0 lead in the second quarter. Oak Hill was able to find the end zone with less than three minutes left in the half. Desiderio nailed a 32 yard field goal at the end of the quarter giving the Beavers a 31-7 lead at the half. Oak Hill found the end zone in the third quarter and added a two point conversion making the score 31-15. DJ Stewart and RJ Bourne both scored their second touchdowns of the night in the fourth quarter. Bluefield’s final score of the game came from Corey Coppola. Bluefield held Oak Hill to 165 yards of total offense. The Beavers improve to 7-1 on the season and will host James Monroe next Friday.


Beavers Breeze by Renegades
Posted on 10/29/13
Article by Chris Lawless

On Friday, October 18, the Bluefield Beavers improved to 6-1 on the season with a blowout victory over the Renegades from Westside. In this game the Beavers showed what will happen when your offense and defense are firing on all cylinders, the result is a 61-0 win. The Beavers offense scored touchdowns on 7 of their 8 possessions, while the Beavers defense held Westside to under 100 yards. The Beavers put 21 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter and 28 points in the second to give the Beavers a 49-0 lead at halftime. After halftime the Beavers took out the starters and scored 12 more points in the second half, to post a 61-0 win on the scoreboard. The Beavers had 503 yards of total offense. DJ Stewart and a mixture of Bluefield backs combined for 351 yards on the ground. RJ Bourne threw for 152 yards on 7-9 passes, and he also tossed two touchdowns. The 6-1 Beavers look to have a tougher challenge as they travel to AAA top ten Oak Hill on Friday night.


WVSSAC Rankings
Posted on 10/17/13
Article by Chris Lawless

The first WVSSAC ranking of the 2013 football season were released this week. The 4-1 Beavers were found at number 4. The Beavers are ranked below Wayne, Frankfort, and Bridgeport. Fairmont Senior is tied for 4th with the Beavers. The next Beaver opponent, River View is ranked at 19 in AA. Here is the top ten on AA:
1 Wayne- 5-0
2 Frankfort- 5-0
3 Bridgeport- 5-1
4 Bluefield- 4-1
4 Fairmont Senior- 4-1
6 Sissonville- 4-1
6 Summers County- 5-1
8 Wyoming East- 5 1
9 Lincoln- 5-1
10 Keyser- 4-2


WestSide Preview
Posted on 10/17/13
Article by Chris Lawless

On Friday, October 18, the Bluefield Beavers will play host to the WestSide Renegades. The struggling 3-4 Renegades are looking to get to .500 on the season with an upset win over the 5-1 Beavers. The Beavers have averaged about 50 points a game, while only allowing opponents to about 16 points. WestSide has averaged 21 points a game and their defense is giving up 20 points a game. When looking at the stats, rankings, and opponents this game looks to be well in the Beavers favor. The game will be played on the two-tone turf at good ole Mitchell Stadium on Friday night.


Beavers over Raiders
Posted on 10/14/13
Article by Corey Coppola

The Bluefield Beavers traveled to River View on Friday to take on the Raiders. The Beavers scored on the first seven possessions of the game, racking up 554 total offensive yards in the 50-6 win over the Raiders. Bluefield used 13 different backs to carry the football 41 times in the game. Touchdowns came from D.J. Edwards on a reception from RJ Bourne, Corey Coppola, DJ Stewart, Charles Ross, RJ Bourne, Carlos Reed and Christian Oster all had rushing touchdowns. Frankie Desidero had 6 extra points and Andrew King ran in a 2 point conversion. The Beavers are now 5-1 on the season. They will host Westside at Mitchell Stadium on Friday.

Beavers Spear Spartans

Posted on 10/8/13
Article by Corey Coppola

The Bluefield Beavers (2-1) traveled to Fairlea on Friday 9/27/13 to play the Greenbrier East Spartans (3-1). The Spartans failed on 3 fourth down conversion attempts and the Beavers turned all 3 opportunities into touchdowns, defeating the Spartans 57-18 on the Spartan home turf. Dj Stewart and Corey Coppola each had 3 touchdowns a piece. Stewart had 124 yards on 16 carries and Coppola had 151 yards on 11 carries. Charles Ross and Brennan Wheeler each scored a touchdown for the Beavers, while Francesco Desidero hailed a 42 yard field goal as well as contributing 6 extra points. The Beavers had a total of 296 yards rushing as the defense held the Spartan to (-11) yards rushing.

Greenbrier East Preview
Posted on 9/27/13
Article by Chris Lawless

On Friday August 27 the 2-1 Bluefield Beavers will travel to Lewisburg for a battle with AAA 3-1 Greenbrier East Spartans. The Beavers are coming into the game off of a 61-7 blowout win over Gate City. The Spartans are coming off of a 55-49 shot out victory over McCluer High School. The Spartans are on a 2 game winning streak where they have scored 56 and 55 points respectively. Greenbrier East has averaged 47 points in their four games. The lone loss for the Spartans came on the road at Woodrow Wilson High School. The Beavers defense will have their hands full while trying to defend the high power offense of the Spartans. Greenbrier East will also have their hands full since the Beavers have scored 60 points and 61 points in their two victories. This game promises to have a lot of points, but hopefully the Beavers will pull out the win.

Beavers Beat Up on Devils

Posted on 9/25/13
Article by Chris Lawless

On Friday September 20, the Bluefield Beavers hosted the Gate City Blue Devils at Mitchell Stadium. The Beavers put 61 points in a blowout over the Blue Devils from Gate City, Virginia. The Beavers opened the game with a 48 yard drive topped off with a 4 yard run by Corey Coppola. The Beavers then stalled on the next drive, but on the third Beaver drive D.J. Stewart raced into the end zone for a 42 yard touchdown. Stewart had a repeat in the second quarter as he scored on the first Beaver possession of the quarter, from 33 yards out. With a 21-0 score Gate City continued to have offensive trouble, and had a three play and out series. The Beavers turned that into a 25 yard touchdown run by D.J. Edwards. Dakoda Smalls intercepted a Gate City pass and R.J. Bourne converted the turnover into 7 more Beaver points on a 15 yard QB keeper. When down 35-0, Gate City’s Caleb Herron found a lane and raced 94 yard for the first and only points the Devils would score. The Beavers recovered with an 80 yard drive and a 17 yard connection from Bourne to Brandon Lilly. The Beaver had 42-7 lead at halftime and took the foot off the gas after a 42 yard run for a touchdown by Stewart in the first drive in the second half. Jordan Masterson and Christian Oster scored the last 12 points of the game with the reserves in the game, making the final score 61-7. The Beavers had 364 yards rushing led by D.J. Stewart who had 154 yards and 3 touchdowns. Edwards ran for 105 and Coppola ran for 60 yards. The Beavers picked up 22 first downs to the 9 by Gate City. The Beavers were penalized more with 7 for 75 yards. The 2-1 Bluefield Beavers will travel to Greenbrier East next Friday to face off with the AAA Spartans.

Beavers Look to Get Back On Winning Roll

Posted on 9/19/13
Article by Chris Lawless

The 1-1 Bluefield Beavers are coming off a tough loss to county rival Princeton. The Beavers had their bye week for the season in week 3 following the loss to the Tigers. On Bluefield’s bye week, the two teams Bluefield had played both received close defeats. Graham lost 27-26 at Richlands and Princeton lost 29-28 in overtime to Capital. On Friday, the Beavers should be very prepared for the Gate City Blue Devils after having an extra week to get ready for the once Virginia powerhouse. The Gate City Blue Devils are coming in to the game with a 1-2 record on the year, while averaging 16 points a game. The 1-1 Beavers did receive good news this week, because the Beavers moved from 5 to 4 in the West Virginia Class AA rankings. The two time defending state champion Wayne Pioneers still hold the top spot in AA, and Wayne comes to Bluefield on November 8th.

Just Short
Posted on 9/12/13
Article by Corey Coppola

The Bluefield Beavers football team traveled to Hunnicut Stadium for their second game of the season against their cross county rivals, the Princeton Tigers on Friday night September 5, 2013. It was a hard fought game until the very end. The Beavers found themselves trailing the Tigers late in the fourth quarter. With three seconds left on the clock, Bluefield fumbled on the half yard line to give the Tigers the victory. Bluefield is currently 1-1 on the season. They will be open this week before hosting Gate City on September 20, 2013.

/Tiger Preview
Posted on 9/9/13
Article by Chris Lawless
On Friday, September 6, the Bluefield Beavers will travel to cross county (AAA) rival the Princeton Tigers. Both teams are coming into the game off of huge wins in week one. The Tigers played host to a rebuilding Shady Springs Tigers in their first game of the 2013 season and won 69-0. The Tigers did just about anything they wanted to do against Shady Springs as they put a shut-out on the score board after 4 quarters. The Tigers gained about 450 total yards on offense against Shady Springs. The Beavers defense will have their hands full while trying to contain Tahj Sho-Johnson, who racked up 147 rushing yards and had 3 touchdowns in the Shady Springs game. Princeton quarterback Jay Palmer was 2 for 3 for 65 yards and a touchdown through the air. He also ran for two touchdowns. The Beavers have answers for the Tigers weapons in DJ Edwards, DJ Stewart, RJ Bourne, and Justin Carter. This game will be a great test for both teams who came off of blowout victories in week one. It should be a good game that comes down to the wire but hopefully the Beavers come out with the 2-0 record.

Beavers Explode on G-men
Posted on 9/4/13
Article by Chris Lawless

In the 87th meeting between the Bluefield beavers and the Graham G-men was held at Mitchell Stadium on Friday, August 30. The Beavers hoped to avenge the late game defeat that the G-men handed the Beavers from a year ago. The Beavers would achieve that and much more in a 60-38 rout over cross town rival the Graham G-men. The Beavers started the game fast; on the first drive of the game the Beavers drive 90 yards down the field for the three yard touchdown Run by DJ Stewart. DJ Stewart would force a fumble on the next drive for the G-men, which put the Beavers in great field position. The Beavers would quickly cash in on the turnover with a four yard touchdown by Corey Coppola. With the score 14-0 the G-men would get thing going, to only have a 32 yard field goal blocked by Daniel Barker. Justin Carted grabbed the blocked kick and returned it to the graham 30 yard line. RJ Bourne then completed a 19 yard pass to DJ Edward for a touchdown. Later in the second quarter Bourne connected with Edwards for 20 yards and another touchdown, giving the Beavers a 34-6 lead going into halftime. After a good halftime show from the Beaver band, the Beavers extended the lead to 41-6 after a 20 yard touchdown reception by Brandon Lilly. The Beavers punched the ball into the end zone a few more times before pulling the starters. The G-men put up 24 points in the 4th quarter making the final score 60-38. Some key sates in the game were as followed:
RJ Bourne went 11for 14 for 219 yard and 3 touchdowns
DJ Edwards has 100 yards rushing and 115 yard receiving and had 3 total touchdowns
Corey Coppola and Brandon Lilly each had one touchdown
DJ Stewart and Carlos Reed each had 2 rushing touchdowns
The now 1-0 Beavers will travel to cross county rival and 1-0 Princeton Tigers on Friday, September 6.

Beaver/Graham Game!

Beavers Roll Shady
Posted on 9/3/13
Article by Corey Coppola

The Beavers made the 42 mile journey up to Shady Springs for a scrimmage Friday August 23, 2013. It was a long night for shady as Bluefield’s varsity scored 23 unanswered points in the first quarter, and that was all the time the Bluefield’s varsity got to see. Bluefield’s second team and JV contributed the other 22 points in the 45-0 win over Shady Springs. This was Bluefield’s last chance to get things right before they open up with their biggest rival Graham on August 30, 2013.

The “Beaver Graham” Football
Posted on 9/3/13
Article by Chris Lawless

The annual “Beaver Graham” not “Graham Beaver” football game is this Friday, August 30. This is one of the biggest high school rivalries around. It is one of the best high school atmospheres anyone can find. Here are a few facts about the “Beaver Graham” game:
1. This is the 87th meeting of the Bluefield Beavers and the Graham G-men
2. The Battle of the two Bluefields’ is one of the top 100 high school rivalries
3. Bluefield and Graham played twice in the 2005 football season
4. The Beavers and G-men share Mitchell Stadium
5. Mitchell Stadium is in WV by about 500 feet
6. The best fact of all is, the Bluefield Beavers lead the series 62-22 with a two ties

Beavers Show Promise
Posted on 9/3/13
Article by Chris Lawless

On Saturday, August 17, the Bluefield Beaver Football team held their first scrimmage of the 2013 Football season. The Beavers are coming off a 9-3 record from a year ago, and they look to get back to the playoffs again and hopefully win an 11th state championship. The Beavers hosted the Christiansburg Blue Demons and won 9-7 during the two quarter scrimmage. The Beavers showed great speed on both sides of the ball and showed new looks on offense. Senior DJ Edwards lined up in many other positions and also was at quarterback. RJ Bourne, a junior showed quality quarterback play. On the defensive side of the ball the Beavers showed some great improvements from the 2012 season. The Beavers showed they were ready to play and compete during the scrimmage. The Beavers look to make more improvements Friday, August, 23 when they have their final scrimmage against Shady Spring. The last scrimmage will lead up to the big first game of the season on August 30 against cross town rival the Graham G-Men in the Great American Rivalry series.

Senior Football Schedule

08/30/13 07:30PM  H  GRAHAM,VA H.S.  60 - 38  W
09/06/13 07:30PM  A  PRINCETON  29 - 32  L
09/13/13 07:30PM  H  OPEN    -    
09/20/13 07:30PM  H  GATE CITY ,VA H.S.  61 - W
09/27/13 07:30PM  A  GREENBRIER EAST  57 - 18  W
10/04/13 07:30PM  H  RICHLANDS, VA H.S.  38 - 14  W
10/11/13 07:30PM  A  RIVER VIEW  50 - W
10/18/13 07:30PM  H  WESTSIDE  61 - W
10/25/13 07:30PM  A  OAK HILL  51 - 15  W
10  11/01/13 07:30PM  H  JAMES MONROE  60 - 14  W
11  11/08/13 07:30PM  H  WAYNE  27 - 29  L
 wins: 8   lost: 2   ties: 0