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It’s now Matt Lyndaker’s turn to help bring the Beaver River football program back to prominence. But it’s not going to be easy.

Not only do the Beavers enter the season with a lot of new faces in key positions, they also have an entirely new staff and play in a tough Class D Central division with defending sectional champion Sandy Creek, always powerful Westmoreland and strong clubs in Pulaski and Oriskany.

“We’re really young, but we have some exciting athletes returning,’’ said Lyndaker, who coached the Beaver River baseball team to a sectional title last spring and took over the football program from Steve Puddington. “With a new staff, we’ll have some different looks than we’ve had in the past so we’ll see. I’m hoping we surprise some people.”

Coach Lyndaker can relay on senior running back Erik Lyndaker for solid production. He gained more than 900 yards last year. Senior quarterback Kyle Steiner needs to play more consistently. He does have some solid receivers in Kaelyn Ferguson, Dylan Pate and Alex Behling.

Brett McVoy is the top lineman for the Beavers. Coach Lyndaker is hoping players like Cody Ardison, Jon Bush and Dan Jacobs also step up and play key roles up front on both sides of the ball.

Beaver River Beavers

2012 record: 2-6, 1-4 Class D Central.

Coach: Matt Lyndaker (1st year).

Players to watch: Erik Lyndaker (Sr., RB/DB, 165-907); Kyle Steiner (Sr., QB/LB); Kaelyn Ferguson (Sr., WR/DB); Alex Behling (Jr., WR/DB); Brett McVoy (Sr., OL/LB); Dylan Pate (Sr., WR/DL); Cody Ardison (Sr., OL/DL).

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