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South Side Beaver players excited for Friday night games

| Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, 8:55 p.m.

A young South Side Beaver football team has something to look forward to this year.

With lights installed at Richard Ashcroft Field, the Rams will play Friday night home games for the first time in the school's history.

“The kids are excited about it,” coach Glenn McDougal said. “It's good for the community, too.”

“It will be better for Friday pep rallies,” junior lineman Austin Boone said.

The Rams lost five offensive and five defensive starters.

Jake Berger, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior, will be in his first year at quarterback.

“Jake has good size and a decent arm,” McDougal said.

Seniors Hunter Beaumont and Ricky Fayad and junior Nathan Block also will start at skill positions.

Senior Jon Orison and junior Joey Arrigo join Boone as returning starters on the offensive and defensive lines.

The Rams expect improvement defensively.

“We had trouble tackling last year,” McDougal said. “We're working on getting some speed and using better technique.”

South Side Beaver has qualified for the WPIAL Class A playoffs eight times in the past 16 years, most recently in 2009.

The Rams were WPIAL champions in 1999.

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