November 7, 2007

Beaver Falls junior attracts interest

Two years ago Beaver Falls had a football and basketball standout by the name of Lance Jeter left many memories for Tigers fans. Perhaps the most vivid one was a 37-point performance in the 2005 Class AA WPIAL championship game against Aliquippa. Jeter hit a three-pointer at the buzzer of the third overtime, to give the Tigers the win.

Jeter was special. Fortunately for Beaver Falls fans, they didn't have to wait too long for its next superstar. Junior Todd Thomas (6' 4" 195)is also a two-sport standout Thomas is a running back, and has helped the Tigers to a Midwestern Conference championship and a 9-1 record. The Tigers won their opening round playoff game over Greensburg Central Catholic last week, 35-14. To clinch the conference championship, Thomas rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Beaver Area the previous week.

Despite missing a few regular season games due to an ankle injury, Thomas still rushed for 900 yards and 16 touchdowns in the regular season. He currently has football offers from Pitt and West Virginia. The Panthers want him as a receiver, while the Mountaineers are looking at him as a defensive back. Even though he is in the early stages of his recruiting process, Thomas is looking to go to a school that will get him on the field sooner than later.

"I'll go wherever," Thomas said. "I'm looking to go somewhere I can compete for a starting position. I'll play anywhere though. I don't have a preference, offense or defense, but at the same time, beggars can't be choosers. I'll play anywhere."

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