2022 Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team: Beaver Falls’ Jaren Brickner

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 6:18 p.m


Editor’s note: That tribune-Review and the TribLive High School Sports Network profile each member of the Trib HSSN Preseason Football All-Star Team of 25 players. Players will be honored on July 15 during HSSN Media Day at Kennywood Park.

Jaren Brickner made a great achievement in his career last season. He became the eternal leader of football in Beaver Falls.

Brickner threw for 2,569 yards and 25 touchdown passes en route to setting the record. Brickner comes from a football family which only motivates him to improve his skills. His brother Dayln Brickner and cousin Brendin Brickner both played for the Tigers.

“It felt really great because a lot of my family members walked through Beaver Falls like cousins,” Brickner said. “A lot of them played quarterback themselves. So when I felt like I had a chance to break it, getting yards every day and every game motivated me more.”

The dual-threat quarterback helped lead the team to a 2020 WPIAL Class 2A title and was instrumental in the team’s success in a 9-4 season in 2021. He was a first-team All-Conference and All-State selection.

MAC schools like Bowling Green, which he attended earlier this year, Eastern Michigan, Akron and Kent State are among the colleges that have been in contact with Brickner.

Brickner has also been in talks with Syracuse and Pittsburgh. Robert Morris, Fordham and Maine are other schools he has shown an interest in. He wants to either go to business school or become a chiropractor.

Of all his coaches, Brickner said Dwight Collins is the one that pushes him the most to get better. His wideouts give him the motivation to help his team win.

“My wideouts motivate me because they’re so fast,” Brickner said. “They motivate me to keep up with them and try to run at the same pace with them.

“Last year was probably my best experience with the group of all my years because I always blamed the people I blamed when I was younger,” Brickner added. “Like Trey Singleton, Mekhi Clark and Quadir Thomas were always my targets growing up, and even Tyler Cain on the tight end.”

Singleton ended with 848 yards and 11 TDs. Clark had 719 yards and seven TDs, Thomas had 378 yards with one TD, and Cain had 363 yards with three points.

The Tigers’ offense has heated up during the season. After losing its first three games, Beaver Falls went on to win nine straight games to reach the WPIAL championship game.

Brickner, who also plays baseball and had a .342 batting average this spring, credits his family for his success.

“My brother and my father are very passionate about football, so we talked about football and my future every day,” said Brickner. “It’s also something of an everyday thing with them, and then my mother motivates me a lot because I want to try to get it across to her. She is my #1 fan.”

Brickner sees it as a blessing to have his family in his corner as a great support system.

“It feels great because a lot of people might not get the same level of support, and for me personally, I don’t just get it (support) from my family in the house, I have a lot of family members here,” Brickner said. “When they come to the game, they all cheer for me.”

Brickner is looking forward to next season and hopes the team can build on the success of the past two seasons and return to Heinz Field.

“We’re definitely going to be trying to win the conference this year, and we’re definitely going to try to get back to a WPIAL championship,” Brickner said. “Our biggest goal to achieve this year is states.”

Jaren Ziegelner

beaver falls

Senior

6-1/188

QB/DB

Committed to: Unbound

Division I offers: none

Statistics 2022: 2,569 passing yards; 25 TDs, 52.53 completion percentage, 420 rushing yards on 83 attempts, nine TDs

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