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December 24, 2013

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

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As for his own accolade, Keiser said, "I am honored that you would select me. It is an honor for our whole coaching staff."

Keiser said, "I am so proud of this year's football team because of the way they kept competing and battling through the adversity they were faced with throughout the season. I was impressed with how, when one guy would go down, another would step up and make a huge contribution."

Among examples of that, he mentioned the play of quarterback Weston Baylor in the Montoursville game, when Danville was without injured fullback Sam Dressler. "Even though we lost, I thought Weston played an outstanding game and kept us in that game."

He also noted Caleb Jones stepping in at the dog linebacker position when they had to move Isaac Troutman inside. "Jones made two big interceptions against Loyalsock, and Troutman stepped in for an injured Dressler against Bloomsburg and rushed for more than 100 yards."

Later, it was Baylor who was lost for the season and wide receiver Zack Kosick took over.

"We had some challenges with the injuries but so did a lot of other teams. We were fortunate to have guys that could step in and do a good job. It wasn't the result we would have liked for the end of the season and I would have liked to see us play one game with the lineup we had on the depth chart, but I think it was a successful season for us, despite that," Keiser said.

Battling injuries all the way, Keiser's Ironmen produced a 10-3 record and another Heartland Athletic Conference Division I championship with a 5-1 division record, and advanced to the District 4 Class AA championship game.

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