The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 21, 2012

High school football notebook: No quit in Wildcats


FUN TO WATCH: Like his team’s fans, Bloomsburg first-year starting quarterback Ricky Klingerman enjoys watching his receivers — most notably his cousins, brothers John and Colby Klingerman — make catches and score touchdowns.

Klingerman, who replaced four-year standout Blake Rankin, now at Rutgers University, talking about some catches John made against pretty good coverage, said, “It’s amazing. You think the ball is going to hit the ground or be intercepted and you see John fly up and get it, and Colby is the same way. It’s hard to explain, he just makes some incredible plays, plays like I’ve never seen before.”

Ricky and Colby hooked up for a touchdown on the fifth play of the game that probably had a good Mifflinburg defense wondering what else it could do.

Ricky rolled to his left and, while under heavy pressure and off balance, he zipped a pass down the sideline to Colby, who took it away from a defender and raced in for a 38-yard score.

TWO BIG PLAYS: Bloomsburg coach Larry Sones pointed to what he thought were two keys to his Panthers being able to pull out the win against a Mifflinburg team that has played most teams tough.

John Klingerman stripped quarterback Kyle Failor of the ball to stop Mifflinburg’s chance to pull to within five points before the half.

Then, to open the second half, the Panthers pressured punter Victor Suquet on a high snap and he had to hurry the kick, knocking it out of bounds at the Mifflinburg 28. John Klingerman scored on the next play to put Bloomsburg up 26-7.

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