The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 21, 2012

High school football notebook: No quit in Wildcats


TURNING THE PAGE: Shikellamy was disappointed following Friday’s loss 24-0 loss to Danville, particularly after averaging nearly 35 points per game in a three-game win streak.

First-year coach Todd Tilford counted on the Braves to bounce back for the stretch run.

“(Danville is) a good football team, and we’ve got to look at that,” he said. “We still have a ton of stuff to play for. Playing Shamokin and Milton, we’re playing for a home game in districts against a possible district opponent. So the next two weeks are going to be big for us. As frustrated as everybody is, we’ve got the type of kids and coaches that will keep plugging away. Hopefully we’ll learn from it; (we) can’t come out flat against a good team like that.”

NICK HAS A KNACK: Lewisburg quarterback Nick Costagliola has shown an uncanny ability, as a right-handed passer, to throw well while moving to his left.

Against Central Columbia, the Green Dragons were able to convert a first-and-20 on their go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter thanks to that.

Costagliola rolled out to his left to begin the play, but the Blue Jays’ Alex Shiber quickly pressured the junior quarterback.

Costagliola was able to stiff-arm Shiber and, before stepping out of bounds, fired a pass to tight end Ty Turner for a 27-yard gain to the Blue Jays 19.

Four plays later, Joey Gardner scored from 5 yards out to give Lewisburg the lead with 7:38 left in the game.

IMPACT BACK: Central Columbia senior fullback Eric McCracken is known more for his play on the defensive side of the ball. But Blue Jays coach Jason Hippenstiel says the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder has been close the last few games to making an impact on the offensive side of the football.

“He had a long run at Mount Carmel called back by a penalty,” Hippenstiel said. “He can certainly run the football and he’s got surprising speed for a kid his size.”

The breakout came in Friday night’s 16-15 win over Lewisburg when McCracken rushed for a career-high 124 yards on 17 carries.

His best run set up Central Columbia’s first score of the game. McCracken broke a tackle in the hole, and then hurdled a Lewisburg defender who dove at his legs. He was finally dragged down at the Lewisburg 11 after a 50-yard gain.

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