Thursday, October 8, 2009

Indians on the Ropes!!!!

Before we start the Shamokin preview, we would like to congratulate Southern head coach Jim Roth on his 300th coaching victory.....C-O-L-T-S!!!!

With back to back losses to Shikellamy and Danville, Shamokin dropped to 1-4 on the season. What does Shamokin get for it's problems? This week they get Pennsylvania's second ranked AAA team in Selinsgrove and the state's third ranked team at AA in Montoursville next week.

Will the Shamokin team that cruised against Central and played Shikellamy tough show up? Or will we the one that was at Danville for the 1st and 3rd periods last week? Right now the Indians are staring at Everest in hopes of getting back to contention. Friday's game may be more about respectability.

Shamokin hasn't beaten the Seal since they did the trick twice in the 2003 season. By the way they were Selinsgrove's only losses of the season. Shamokin has proved they could move the ball at times, but penalties and turnovers have been their downfall. Based on recent performance of the Seal's "D" against Berwick and Shamokin's lack of passion against Danville, this game will make headlines if it goes the distance.

Selinsgrove 48-0 is the pick. Yes, their defense is that good!!!


Two other games of interest Friday night are Southern Columbia at Bloomsburg and Loyalsock at Mount Carmel.

At one time the Southern-Bloom match was the marquee game of the year for both school. Bloom has regained some of the luster picking up a win in 2007 ending a huge drought against the Tigers. Bloom has a nice air attack but it was grounded in the elements last week against Loyalsock. The Panther QB's threw five interceptions. Showers are in the forecast for the game.

I like the Tigers to play solid and win 21-7.

Mount Carmel has a tough task ahead of itself. At 3-2, the Red Tornadoes can't afford to lose against Loyalsock with upcoming games against Southern, Lewisburg and North Schulykill. Loyalsock is coming into week six at 4-1. The Lancers have 9 interceptions in the last two games against Southern and Bloomsburg.

The Red Tornadoes haven't put the ball in the air successfully all season. If the Lancers could keep the Mount Carmel running game in check. It could be a low scoring game. As good as the Lancers are on defense, they don't have much speed on offense.

Loyalsock have to great runstoppers in the brothers named Kinney. The last time the Silver Bowl seen brothers as physical on defense their names were Sinkovich.

On a dry track I like Mount Carmel. In showers, I will go with Loyalsock. The Lancers don't do anything fancy, they don't beat themselves and they are a mudder in the weather.

Loyalsock 14-7.

College Front

Last week several former area athletes had great games on the college front. Dave Shinskie threw two TD passes in Boston College's win over Florida State.

Henry Hynoski scored a touchdown and had many punishing blocks against Louisville.

Boston College Bus

For anyone who want to go see Dave Shinskie play, there is a bus leaving the Kulpmont Area for the game against North Carolina State on October 17th. The cost of the bus is $150. The price is based on 30 people and includes ticket, transportation and hotel for Saturday night.

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