Friday, September 11, 2009

Battle for the Coal Bucket 2009

It has been a long time since Shamokin beat Mount Carmel on the gridiron. You have to go back to 1995 to find a 14-0 win by Shamokin at home. The 13 wins in a row means there has been a whole class at Shamokin that went from K through graduation never to beat the Red Tornadoes.

Will tonight change that?

Mount Carmel went up one of the best teams in the region on any level last week and their defense was in championship form. The Red Tornadoes were hit heavy by graduation and some returning players were sidelined with injuries.

After watching both last weekend. Shamokin's offense is built around an running game and by observations need to play well to score 21 points. On the other hand, you still don't know what Mount Carmel can do.

This game is going to be a battle of Mount Carmel's offensive line and can Shamokin stop the speed of the Red Tornadoes.

The other big thing in this contest is Shamokin only has won at the Silver Bowl 4 times since 1966. In 2007, Shamokin had the lead at the half. In that 2007, Shamokin's secondary gave up some big plays. Last week, the Indians allowed Southern to get close on a 3rd and 26 and get the first down on 4th down.

I see Mount Carmel's offense getting untracked adding a defensive touchdown and winning this one 28-7.

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