Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Two weeks ago, this game was a "must win" if you were a Mount Carmel Red Tornado. With a big win over Pottsville on Saturday, Mount Carmel punched a spot in the District IV playoffs. This week's game will only count toward seedings for the Red Tornadoes and a possible home game in the first round. While every new edition of Mount Carmel is compared to champions of yesteryear, this team continues to make strides every week. At 6-3 after nine weeks, throw the Chichester game away. The other losses to Lancaster Catholic and Southern Columbia now have a combined record of 16-2.
From what I have seen this season, Mount Carmel in some shape or form will give up 14 points to Seals. The Red Tornadoes have had problems at Selinsgrove not winning there since 1997 and have only beat Selinsgrove once since 1999. For some reason, the "35" defense of Selinsgrove has given Mount Carmel fits especially trying to establish a consistent ground game. Defensively, the Seals rely on Nate Gingrich, Matt Ritter, and Bryce Auker. In the game against Shamokin the Seals were bringing 4 or 5 on the rush with little success. Marc Persing nearly set a Shamokin school record for passing. Selinsgrove though have proved they could win in a shootout or when they were statistically dominated like against Montoursville.
On the defensive side, the Red Tornadoes have been vulnerable to the deep pass all season long. The Seals have a good fullback in Seth Lauver, but injuries have hurt the tailback spot. Quarterback Eric Deckard is emerging from a slump and Matt Ritter could catch anything up for grabs in Snyder County. Still, I believe the Seals will manage two scores.
So here is the outlook. Mount Carmel has enough on the defensive side of the ball to win. It will depend on how the Red Tornadoes handle the "35" defense of Selinsgrove once again. Mount Carmel can't get down early. The Seals defense usually play at their best when they are ahead best. The five linebackers cause the most havoc in this situation. Selinsgrove have four really good seniors in Auker, Deckard, Gingrich and Ritter. Will it be enough? I think the X and O's are the same along with the Jimmy's and Joe's. Look for the Seals to come out on top in a close one at home with the four seniors leading the way.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Some hard decisions were made this past weekend weather to play on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The result is four days of high school football. There will still be a few games contested tonight.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Turn up the volume
Hard to believe at this point of the season, Shamokin is actually worse than a year ago against Blue Mountain. However, going into week 9 this season, I have a better feeling about the Indians pulling out a win compared to last season when the coaching watch was on.
For the most part, Shamokin for an 0-7 team gave Selinsgrove all they could handle. Two short fields and a meaningless bomb made the final score what is was, oh well. Enjoy the week 9 interview with coach Zielinskie.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Check out the above video of the preseason scrimmage of MCA and Blue Mountain. Blue Mountain ran the same thing against Shamokin last year in week 9 and does Mount Carmel still have the defensive weekness that they had in August?
MCA VS. POTTSVILLE
With week number 9 approaching, Mount Carmel stands at 5-3 with a chance to clinch a playoff spot in District IV AA. I know due to past performance against Selinsgrove, most Mount Carmel fans feel that they have to beat Pottsville to secure the playoff birth. I got to witness Pottsville in week number 7 against Shamokin Area. Pottsville's big weakness comes in the passing department. They had tough time defending Shamokin's wide open "diamond formation" and offensively there is some drop off in their passing game from 2005 and 2006. The Tide has a tough time going deep. Breathe easy MCA fans (Chichester).
Pottsville strength comes in the form of it's running game. The young guys have filled in nicely on the line for the Tide. Hoke for Pottsville, runs with a similar style to former Southern Columbia star, Ricco Rosini. He has great leg strength and is hard to bring down from up high. Pottsville's strength will be running right at Mount Carmel's weakness at ends. The Red Tornadoes need to stop in this order: Hoke, King and Shaffer. Shaffer had some good runs against Shamokin and does a great job of hiding the ball. He also was the beneficiary of some sloppy tackling by the Indians.
This one will not be a blowout and the weather could neutralize Mount Carmel's passing game. Mount Carmel took Pottsville to the wire last year with a team that finished 4-6 and Pottsville going to the AAA state finals. Look for the Red Tornadoes to secure a playoff spot.
When is a record a record? According to published reports in Sunday's News-Item, Marc Persing was thought to have broken the single game passing record thought to be set by Jeff Hodrick in 1992 with 239 yards. Shamokin ran the run-and-shoot that year. Scott Griffiths , father of Nick Griffiths, indicated that he had a clipping from 1999 saying that Nick passed for 305 yards against State College. Read the story about the record here. Interestingly, Larry Johnson formerly of Penn State and currently of the Kansas City Chiefs played in the game. Nick Griffiths will probably be inducted into Susquehanna University's athletic Hall of Fame one day. When he graduated, he was number one in three-pointers for SU basketball.
DISTRICT IV AA PLAYOFFS
Based off performances of what I have seen, I would have to Loyalsock and Montoursville as the teams to beat in the playoffs. Athens hosts Towanda this weekend. While Towanda is undefeated, Athens lost to Jersey Shore and Waverly, NY. Those two teams combined for 13 wins against 3 losses thus far. With Shamokin losing to Athens in 2004 and Mount Carmel to Towanda in 2005, maybe the Red Tornadoes long bus rides to Biglerville and Chichester will be an advantage. In 2004, Shamokin's bus got physically stuck at Kemp Memorial Stadium and threw the itinerary out of whack. With the Lancers and Warriors as the favorites, Mount Carmel, Athens and Towanda are probably the next three teams that could contend. Mifflinburg, Warrior Run, Wellsboro, Danville, and Troy will struggle if the qualify.
Monday, October 22, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first Medal of Honor awarded for combat in Afghanistan will be presented Monday to the family of a Navy SEAL from Long Island, N.Y, who gave his life to make a radio call for help for his team.
President Bush is to present the nation’s highest military honor for valor to the family of Lt. Michael Murphy, a Penn State graduate from Patchogue, N.Y.
MILTON -- A 22-year-old man suffered a severe spinal injury when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle along Route 405 at 4:15 p.m. Sunday, authorities said.
Adam Kahler, of Millmont, was riding his bike south near Robbins Marine in West Chillisquaque Township, Northumberland County, along with 19-year-old Jeffrey Salvitti and 21-year-old Michael Chauner, both of West Chester, when he was struck by Betty Hackenberg, 82, of Winfield, while she was driving south in her Chrysler Cirrus, according to state police at Milton.
The collision forced Mr. Kahler's bike to strike Mr. Salvitti and Mr. Chauner, a report said.
A helicopter landed in a nearby parking lot and took Mr. Kahler to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. His condition was unavailable Sunday night.
Mr. Salvitti and Mr. Chauner suffered minor injuries and were not taken to a hospital. Ms. Hackenberg was uninjured.
State police were assisted at the scene by the Milton Fire Department.
Traffic had to be directed around the scene of the accident for several minutes while officers gathered information.
The accident is still under investigation, police said
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Bryce Auker, a wide receiver in a fullback's body
Leave it up to any adult to ruin a kids game. Selinsgrove and Shamokin put on a good show for the better part of 3 quarters, but the Seals put the game away in the fourth quarter going up 35-17 and getting the ball back with about two minutes left. Instead of running a few plays and hopping on the bus and prepare for Montoursville next Friday, Selinsgrove went bombs away not only once, but twice completing the second pass from Eric Deckard to Bryce Auker for a 37 yard touchdown pass.
The play didn't sit to well with the Indian coaching staff. Read Shamokin Area head coach Dave Zielinskie's comments to the New-Item here. The end of the game put a sour note on an otherwise brilliant performance by Marc Persing of Shamokin who ran for 105 yards, threw for 264 completing 20 of 41 attempts and kicked a 26-yard field goal.
Coming this week and next will be analysis of the next two MCA games. I got a chance to see Pottsville and Selinsgrove on consecutive weeks and will analyze their strengths and weakness as the relate to Mount Carmel.
Friday, October 19, 2007
The woman accusing Penn State running back Austin Scott of sexual assault leveled similar charges in 2003 against a Moravian College student, who was later acquitted of rape.In both cases, the woman said the attacks happened after she spent the night drinking. And in both cases, she said she woke up to find the men forcing themselves on her....
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Thursday, October 18, 2007
TURN UP YOUR VOLUME TO HEAR INTERVIEW
This week Shamokin (0-7) takes on Selinsgrove at home. At Pottsville, the Indians came to life after being down 20-0. They cut the lead to 20-14 by the half. A bright spot for the Indians last Friday was the play of freshman defensive Jared Haddock. Haddock picked off two passes and returned one for a touchdown.
Take notice of the Indian fan above trying to throw himself under the truck.
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A panel of national political correspondents from some of the country's most influential print, broadcast, and online news sources discussed the role that media play in shaping the presidential election and the issues affecting the race before a packed Trout Auditorium at Bucknell University on Thursday night, Oct. 18.
In the panel discussion, "Media and the Citizen's View of the Presidential Campaign," the six journalists said that the Iraq war and national security will continue to be the key issues of the campaigns, which are being managed and reported differently because of the growing influence of the Internet.
The panel was David Chalian of ABC News, Nedra Pickler of The Associated Press, David Greene of National Public Radio, Roger Simon of The Politico.com, Karen Tumulty of Time, and John Harwood of The Wall Street Journal. Bucknell Dean of Arts and Sciences Chris Zappe was the moderator. Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times was originally scheduled but did not attend the event.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
How does a team with 24 players and a 6-1 record become so controversial and maligned? Once again as this football season winds down, Lourdes Regional finds itself at 6-1 and challenging for a post season birth. The double edge sword for Lourdes is the post season. If the Red Raiders qualify for district and opt out, they are ducking the competition. If they accept the district bid, their schedule doesn't measure up to any of the teams that qualified or got displaced.
This past Tuesday, I made my way up to Lourdes Regional and asked coach Mike Klembara about his teams post season plans. "It is easy," said Klembara. "The PIAA made the decision for us." "The way the class system is structured right now on the state level, there is no way we could compete." Klembara indicating about the PIAA possibly moving to six classes in the future. "As athletic director, I have to look at what is best for the kids not only in football, but all sports."
Head Coach Jim Roth of Southern Columbia(he has mentioned this to me long before the current situation) along with the PSFCA have long advocated a six class system for football. For the most part, it would move the super schools into a 6A class. The bottom schools population wise would move into the 1A class. The remaining four classes would be divided up among the remaining four classes. Part of the hang up is the local districts loosing control of a playoff format. With 25 to 30 teams in 6A and 1A the 12 district structure isn't really needed. The biggest disparity in Pennsylvania high school football are small quad A's trying to compete with the big boys and small single A's competing with the top of class A.
Looking at the Lourdes situation right now, they have not had a freshman in over 20 years. They cannot commit to a JV schedule due to numbers. On the bright side, the Red Raiders are getting contributions from the basketball team. The first eight players on the basketball team are playing football. Also, the football team competes with soccer and golf for able bodies.
Charlie Roth of the News-Item has a good take on the situation here. Harod Raker of the Daily Item has his take here. 24 student-athletes at Lourdes Regional don't need to apologize to anyone.
Suspended Penn State tailback Austin Scott was bound over for court on two felony charges after a preliminary hearing today in State College. He is accused by a woman acquaintance of rape on Oct. 5 in his on-campus apartment.Penn State police charged the 22-year-old Friday with one count of rape, one count of sexual assault and two counts of aggravated indecent assault. The aggravated indecent assault charges were dropped today.
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Monday, October 15, 2007
Dave Fleming plans on returning to the area before the end of the year to have more book signings due to the overwhelming response of Breaker Boys Maroons Week.
Here is the petition to sign for the Maroons so they can take their case to the NFL again.
With Shamokin down 20-0 and not going anywhere, the Indians came out with a five receiver set and no one in the backfield. Shamokin ran "diamond" quads to one side and were successful in the passing game. Pottsville took most of the second half trying to adjust to the formation.
Shamokins opponents are 29-13 on the season while the Indians are 6-20 since defeating Southern on opening night in 2005.
There is speculation on whether Lourdes will enter District playoffs with a 6-1 record after week number 7. Lourdes is in a Catch-22 situation with 24 boys on the team and with soccer and golf as competing fall sports. The good news is that Red Raiders have started with 24 and still have 24 and that is in grades 9 through 12. The last I heard there are only seven boys in the junior class.
When Lourdes goes anything below 9-1 or 10-0 no one says a thing. The Red Raiders are on a 9-1 pace and could possibly take out a team that finishes 8-2 in District IV "A". As of last Friday, Lourdes were a few points behind Line Mountain, Southern, Bloomsburg and Canton. Line Mountain is still undefeated and the rest have one loss. If Lourdes declares Districts, everyone is on the bandstand that the Red Raider's schedule is bad. If the Red Raiders opt for Eastern Conference.......well they are ducking the competition.
The real story is that 24 students started the season playing for Lourdes and 24 students are still playing and hoping to win their conference and a playoff game whether it is in Districts or Eastern Conference. Since the print media did not cover the Lourdes declaration to the District committee on Monday, I will try to interview head coach Mike Klembara this week.
Fri 09/19/2008 Away SHIKELLAMY HIGH SCHOOL 7:00PM
Fri 09/26/2008 Home DANVILLE AREA H.S. 7:00PM
Fri 10/03/2008 Home SELINSGROVE H. S. 7:00PM
Fri 10/10/2008 Away MONTOURSVILLE H.S. 7:00PM
Fri 10/17/2008 Home Warrior Run 7:00PM
Fri 10/24/2008 Away Mifflinburg Area 7:00PMFri 10/31/2008 Home Loyalsock Twp 7:00PM
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Author Dave Fleming at his book signing on Thursday at the Pottsville Free Library. The Republican has some great coverage of Maroons Week. Fleming's book, Breaker Boys: The NFL's Greatest Team and the Stolen 1925 Championship was sold out of local outlets all week long.
Fleming indicated that he will come to the area before the end of the year. If you want to order his book in time for the next signing, click on the link posted at the left.
Mr. Fleming will be a on-air guest on tonight's BILL 95 coverage of the Pottsville and Shamokin football game.
Dave Zielinskie clarified the incident that took place in the 10/11 issue of the News-Item. I had the opportunity to show Tuesday's article to a teacher in another district and is not involved in athletics. The teacher informed me that if the incident wasn't witnessed by staff or not caught on a camera all you have is a hearsay. This left Zielinskie to ask the players to step up and tell what happened. No one did.
Here is the verdict. If no one seen the incident and it wasn't recorded on film, for the most part it didn't exist. Unfortunately, you have the same situation going on in State College. A fight in the spring, one this past weekend, and Austin Scott suspended is leaving Joe Paterno's hand's tied until sorted out by law enforcement. Joe's press conference was quickly deflected to "let's talk about what's going on the field." If someone like Joe can't enforce discipline, who can?
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Dave Zielinskie's interview for the upcoming with the Pottsville Crimson Tide. The meeting occurred after everyone had to run for cover due to a rainstorm Tuesday evening in Shamokin.
Shamokin will be at Pottsville this Friday to conclude Maroon Week at Pottsville. Author Dave Fleming will be honored before the game for his book, Breaker Boys. Here is the list of the activities for the rest of the week.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Mount Carmel fans who attended Saturday afternoon's game in Boothwyn are wondering what happened. The others will have to wait until Wednesday night when the see the broadcast on television.
For those of you that weren't there, Mount Carmel rallied from a 28-14 in the final 10:12 of the game only to have Chris Smith complete the winning touchdown pass not once, but twice in the final 47 seconds for the victory. Mike Brennan haters please stop reading here. It is not Mike Brennan's fault and here's why. The problem is not only Mount Carmel's.
For the past three years, I have been covering Shamokin on radio. I have seen the opposition getting deep on third and even fourth and long against the Indians and come up with receptions almost weekly. I think two things to look at are the sign of the times and defensive schemes. Weekly I drive from one of the Shamokin Area to other and do not see kids playing a friendly game of touch football out in the streets, parks or fields. Back in the old sandlot days, you had a quarterback who would drop straight back and have a rusher counting "one Mississippi". The "rusher" would attempt to tag or tackle the QB on a five count or three on third fourth down. the remaining offensive players would go out for the pass while the remaining defensive players would try to cover them. Five seconds of coverage wow......who would of thought??? When these sandlotters joined a team these skills acquired in the sandlot were refined.
Most schemes in high school involve defensive backs playing press or bump and run coverage. In most cases, kids are getting beat off the line. This takes a long time to perfect and be good at it. You can still play man coverage on not have to press. Average quarterbacks look like John Elway. Jon and Brett Veach, Nick Sebes, Dave Evans, Drew Letcavage just to name a few were great in the secondary. They also played offense too. Brennan and his staff pleaded with their team not to let anyone BEHIND them. Teach, coach, preach all of the above were done. The kids have to say to themselves one day, this is our situation and I don't have to ask coach......I already know.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
TURN UP YOUR VOLUME TO HEAR THE INTERVIEW
This week, I interviewed Mike Brennan and Dave Zielinskie for their games with Chichester and Cedar Cliff. There was alot "hum" (as one of their current coaches would say) in the Mount Carmel practice. It comes from two great back-to-back wins against Shamokin and Bloomsburg and renewed confidence in your defense. For a Tuesday practice, there was hint of intensity in the air and the Red Tornadoes are starting to believe in each other. With a big road game this weekend and being favored in weeks 7 and 8, there is renewed optimism for a playoff berth and a strong showing in the District. The Red Tornadoes will find out if their strong play continues when they take the field Saturday afternoon at Chichester.
Shamokin, on the other hand for being 0-5 at the halfway point, are still pretty upbeat and loose as they travel on the road this weekend to take on 1-4, Cedar Cliff. In a season of what could have been, the Indians have little hope in making the District playoffs. With the bounce of the ball, Shamokin could have had wins against Montoursville, Jersey Shore and Mifflinburg. The point Zielinskie emphasized this week was that Indians have not been "manhandled" by any opponent this season. Situation mistakes can be cleared up easier than being physically beaten in your games. Friday will start the second half of the year for Shamokin. A group of seniors looking to hold their heads up since beating Southern Columbia in their first game as sophomores in 2005.
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Cory Dorman is shown in the picture above warming up for the game with Shamokin while Marc Persing of Shamokin is shown below. Although the Indians were able to keep Dorman in check last Friday the Wildcat signal caller will need a big game this Friday against arch-rival Selinsgrove.
Even though Persing's numbers are down in the first half of the season mostly due to a change in philosophy, the Indian quarterback will need to continue his steady play if Shamokin hopes to improve in the second half of the season. Persing made have had his best career play against Mifflinburg completing a 36-yard touchdown pass to Tim Boussan breaking tackles on a fourth-and-nine.
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With Week #5 in the books, there are some surprises and some disappointments on the 2007 football season. Shamokin, Mount Carmel, Southern Columbia and Lourdes are four teams I get to see on a regular basis. I also got to see Line Mountain in action against Juniata.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
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