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Beaver Falls ends Yough's magical season

Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls defensive lineman Brock Boxen tackles Yough running back Clayton Waldron in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls defensive lineman Brock Boxen tackles Yough running back Clayton Waldron in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls defensive lineman Brock Boxen tackles Yough quarterback Tyler Donahue in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls defensive lineman Brock Boxen tackles Yough quarterback Tyler Donahue in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls tight end Joe Cohen scores a second-quarter touchdown against Yough during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls tight end Joe Cohen scores a second-quarter touchdown against Yough during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls linebacker Joe Cohen sacks Yough quarterback Tyler Donahue in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls linebacker Joe Cohen sacks Yough quarterback Tyler Donahue in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls wide receiver Elijah Cottrill tumbles into the end zone after catching a two-point conversion in front of Yough defenders Eric Baer (14) and Toby Kuroda (68) in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls wide receiver Elijah Cottrill tumbles into the end zone after catching a two-point conversion in front of Yough defenders Eric Baer (14) and Toby Kuroda (68) in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls running back Kahlil Caracter (12) eludes Yough defensive lineman Jacob Brundage (72) to score a second quarter touchdown during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls running back Kahlil Caracter  (12) eludes Yough defensive lineman Jacob Brundage (72) to score a second quarter touchdown during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls linebacker Deion Nesmith (32) breaks up a second quarter pass intended for Yough running back Eric Borkovich (25) during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls linebacker Deion Nesmith (32) breaks up a second quarter pass intended for Yough running back Eric Borkovich (25) during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls tight end Joe Cohen (8) celebrates his first quarter touchdown pass with teammates Javon Turner (24) and Damian Rawl (27) against Yough during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls tight end Joe Cohen (8) celebrates his first quarter touchdown pass with teammates Javon Turner (24) and Damian Rawl (27) against Yough during their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Yough defensive back Jordan Bryan breaks up a pass intended for Beaver Falls wide receiver Javon Turner in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Yough defensive back Jordan Bryan breaks up a pass intended for Beaver Falls wide receiver Javon Turner in the first quarter of their WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls linebacker Deion Nesmith (32) tackles Yough running back Tom Sever (34) in the second quarter of a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls linebacker Deion Nesmith (32) tackles Yough running back Tom Sever (34) in the second quarter of a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Yough lineman Toby Kuroda (68) takes a knee on the sideline after the Cougars fell behind 43-0 to Beaver Falls in the second quarter of a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Yough lineman Toby Kuroda (68) takes a knee on the sideline after the Cougars fell behind 43-0 to Beaver Falls in the second quarter of a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls running back Marcus Cleckley (22) beats Yough's Clayton Waldron (21) to the end zone to score a first-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls running back Marcus Cleckley (22) beats Yough's Clayton Waldron (21) to the end zone to score a first-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls running back Damian Rawl breaks a tackle attempt by Yough's Eric Borkovich to score a first-quarter touchdown during Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls running back Damian Rawl breaks a tackle attempt by Yough's Eric Borkovich to score a first-quarter touchdown during Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls tight end Joe Cohen catches a pass in front of Yough defenders Eric Baer (14) and Lucas Richardson (15) en route to a first-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls tight end Joe Cohen catches a pass in front of Yough defenders Eric Baer (14) and Lucas Richardson (15) en route to a first-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls tight end Joe Cohen (left) sprints away from Yough defenders Jacob Brundage (72) and Nick Payne to score a first-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls tight end Joe Cohen (left) sprints away from Yough defenders Jacob Brundage (72) and Nick Payne to score a first-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls wide receiver Javon Turner (24) breaks a tackle attempt by Yough defenders Eric Baer (14) and Joe Pleva (24) to score a first-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls wide receiver Javon Turner (24) breaks a tackle attempt by Yough defenders Eric Baer (14) and Joe Pleva (24) to score a first-quarter touchdown during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
Barry Reeger | Tribune-Review - Beaver Falls wide receiver Javon Turner (24) scores a first-quarter touchdown as Yough's Toby Kuroda (68) pursues during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Barry Reeger  |  Tribune-Review</em></div>Beaver Falls wide receiver Javon Turner (24) scores a first-quarter touchdown as Yough's Toby Kuroda (68) pursues during a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal playoff game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Canon-McMillan High School in Canonsburg.

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Beaver Falls took care of business on Friday, beating out Yough, 43-7, in a WPIAL Class AA quarterfinal game at Canon-McMillan.

“I don't think you expect blowouts like that. You respect everyone coming in,” Beaver Falls coach Ryan Matsook said. “When it gets down to the playoffs, it's about fundamentals and I thought we took care of that tonight.”

Sixth-seeded Beaver Falls (9-2) has proved it is a Class AA title contender. After averaging 42 points per game during the regular season, the Tigers have scored 43 points in the first half in each of their playoff games, defeating Summit Academy last week, 50-26.

The Tigers will face No. 2 South Fayette (11-0) in the semifinals.

“They're kryptonite to the (Midwestern Conference).” Matsook said of South Fayette. “We haven't proved that we can beat them and certainly they should be the favorite. They've been an unstoppable machine.”

Yough (6-5), the No. 14 seed, saw its magical season come to a screeching halt. After three straight losing seasons, the Cougars upset Kittanning, 57-42, in the opening round of the playoffs for the first playoff win in school history.

“I just told the kids how proud of them I was,” Yough coach Mark Crovak said. “Our season was not about losing tonight to a clearly superior team. Our kids have worked hard and have come along way this season.”

Beaver Falls scored on a few long strikes early to build their lead. Dan Stratton threw for touchdown passes of 31 and 67 yards to Javon Turner and Joe Cohen, respectively, in the first quarter, and Khalil Caracter scored on a 64-yard run in the second.

Stratton finished 7 of 9 for 199 yards and three touchdowns, and Cohen had three catches for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Caracter led the rushing attack with 91 yards on eight carries.

Senior quarterback Tyler Donahue had a rough night for the Cougars. His receivers dropped roughly half of the passes that he actually had time to get away, including two that were wide open in the end zone and a third that would have been a sure touchdown.

Yough's only score of the night came on a 7-yard run by Donahue after a Beaver Falls fumble deep in its own territory.

“They were obviously the Cinderella story and they're dangerous with Donahue,” Matsook said. “But it's not about the feel-good story and this and that. It's about us. The pressure was on us, obviously, because they had nothing to lose.”

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