Beaverton Enjoying Historic Start
BEAVERTON – Something special is brewing this season on the gridiron in Beaverton.
For the first time since 1984, Beaverton is off to a 4-0 start.
The 4-0 start is a significant one for a school that has posted only five winning seasons since 1984.
“These kids have no idea the concept of what 1984 was or how long ago that was,” coach Aaron Seiser said. “I don’t think we’re doing anything special, we’re just trying to do the best we can and get better every week.”
The Beavers are building off a historical season that saw them reach the postseason last year for the first time since 2000 and second in program history.
“Everybody consistently works hard,” senior Eric Cassiday said. “We don’t criticize each other, we critique each other. We keep each other upbeat, especially on the field, that’s a big factor in games, not tearing each other down.”
One of four teams tied atop the Jack Pine Conference standings at 2-0, Beaverton has outscored league foes 103-31, with wins over Gladwin (70-6) and Houghton Lake (33-25), respectively. The win over Gladwin was the second straight for the Beavers and third against their rivals since 1986. Beaverton also has wins over a pair of 2016 playoff teams in Breckenridge and Houghton Lake.
“I think that we have a strong captain crew and it’s not just the captains it’s the whole team,” senior Jack Owens said. “We all come together as a team and play together as a team which kind of sets us apart from previous years that haven’t had success like we have now.”
For the community, Beaverton’s success on the football field is a long time coming.
“I think it means a lot to a lot of people who spent time playing or living in Beaverton,” Seiser said. “You know the hometown feel, you’re proud, proud of the kids, the school you went to, I think that’s a big deal.”
“I feel like it means a lot to the community, you know, Beaverton is a small town, everybody comes to the games you know they really enjoy watching us play and everything,” added senior Dan Breault.
Beaverton looks to go 5-0 with a win over Roscommon on Friday. Kickoff in Roscommon is set for 7 p.m.