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December 24, 2013

High school football: Haney, Feudale, Keiser grab top honors

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As for playing fewer minutes than many of his contemporaries, Feudale said, "I thought that not playing full games had positives and negatives. The negative aspect of it was that we did not have any games to prepare us to play in a tough battle all the way to the end."

He said that proved costly in the first round of the PIAA Class A playoffs when the Tigers fell 19-14 to Old Forge.

"Old forge was the first team that we played until the very last minute," he said.

"The positive of only playing the first half was that it allowed the second-team players to gain varsity experience for next season. Also, it allowed our team to be fresh going into the playoffs."

Although his team fell short of its goal, of getting to Hershey for the state championship, Feudale said, "I will be proud about how we came together as a team, and worked to achieve a common goal."

Feudale, son of Sam and Shirley Feudale, plans to play college football, but has not yet made a choice.

Haney holds the school record in career tackles with 442 and also holds the single-season record at 159 (in his junior season).

Keiser said those records could stand for a long time.

The 6-0, 210-pound linebacker did not return calls for comment on the story, but his coach had plenty of praise.

"Eric Haney has been a tackling machine for us," Keiser said. "He diagnoses a play as good as anyone I have ever seen play. He is a great student of the game and watches more film than anyone we have ever had here."

Haney led the Ironmen in tackles for the third straight season in 2013 with 140, despite playing with a high ankle sprain for most of the season. He was a first-team HAC-I all-star and two-time AP all-state team member.

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