The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 30, 2013

High school football notebook: Strong Ironmen defense improving

Lewisburg's Smith finds happy home


Smith caught three passes for 78 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Nick Costagliola in the third quarter.

"Costy's great. I can't say enough about that kid," Smith said. "He put that ball right on my hands from 60 yards. (The pass) was so beautiful."

THEY'RE ON THEIR FEET: Shikellamy fans, and the approximately 60 on the Loyalsock side of the field hardly could settle into their seats because the big plays were almost non-stop.

At no time was this more evident than at the start of the second half. The Braves preserved a 14-13 halftime advantage with a diving end-zone interception by Nathan Shrawder, and the excitement continued into the third quarter.

First, Loyalsock's fine wide receiver, Phil Krizan, gave the Lancers their second kickoff return in as many weeks (Omar Little did it last week against Mount Carmel). He ran the second-half kickoff back 72 yards for a score.

As the fans attempted to sit down again, there went Shikellamy's John Schaeffer looking like he would make it back-to-back kick return TDs. He took it at the 12 and, like Krizan, went down the left sideline, but was bumped out of bounds at the Lancers' 24. Five plays later the Braves scored and it was 21-all.

TAKE THAT: Loyalsock coach Justin Van Fleet, who both played and coached at Susquehanna University, called the game a "slugfest" with one team punching the other, and then the other team punching back.

He also said he was proud of his team that it could even compete with a team like Shikellamy.

NOT DONE YET: Meanwhile, Shikellamy coach Todd Tilford said that, with the unsettled situation in District 4 Class AAA, his team needs to continue to play hard and make the plays needed to win games.

"If we can just get a couple of wins ... They have to know that we still have a lot to play for at 1-4 at the halfway point," he said.

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