Wednesday, September 16, 2009

No Bucket in 2009, Getting Ready for Central Columbia

Shamokin fell to 0-2 on the young season with losses coming to rivals, Southern Area and Mount Carmel. They say you make your most improvement from Week 1 to Week 2. Shamokin could be in for a long season. The game with Central is critical.

The big disappointment for the Indians against Mount Carmel was the special teams. Shamokin had a blocked punt and several bad snaps that led to bad punts. Also, on punt return, Shamokin gave up chunks in field position including a punt that rolled inside the 10 yard line.

What was also surprising were the illegal participation penalties. Somebody has to know who's in and who's out. Guess what, I'm not blaming the coaching.

There was also some signs of bright spots. For the second consecutive week, Shamokin's offense drove down for a score last in the first half. In two games, no one has drove down the field against the Indians "D" and hopefully they will continue to improve.

Last year Shamokin coughed up a 19-0 early lead and lost to Central. Central is coming off a win against Danville who only has a few seniors and didn't have Michael Owens-Wright.

Central likes to spread the field and take advantage of mismatches. I like Shamokin in this one for some reason, 13-7.

Demko Coming Back?

Trevor Demko tosses with a teammates before Saturday's Coal Bucket

Mount Carmel Area senior Trevor Demko may be back in the lineup against Shikellamy this week. He was scheduled to suit up for practice this week and assessed from there. Let's hope Trevor makes it back to the field.

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