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October 31, 2013

Harold Raker's high school football column: Everyone knows his name

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And, like most coaches who are proven winners, he will deflect the credit.

"We've been very lucky that we have had good kids who really bought into what we wanted to do here, and worked really hard to keep this going," Keiser said.

This year's team has been hit hard by injuries, the latest happening in last week's win over Bloomsburg. Gone for the season are the quarterback, the aforementioned Baylor, and likely linebacker Gabe Shope, and possibly cornerback Garrett Krum.

But don't count out this resilient bunch, who would like nothing more than another shot at the only team to defeat the Ironmen this year, the Montoursville Warriors. If that is to happen, it will likely be in the District 4 Class AA championship game.

As for keeping this thing going, Keiser believes the potential is there to entertain the loyal Ironmen fans for years to come.

"We are hoping we have got enough of a group (of talented kids) coming," he said. "We have some freshmen we think are good kids and we just have to get them on the same page as we have now."

Before Keiser, Ironmen fans had become used to teams that would got 4-6 or worse, but no better.

"When we took over, we decided we wanted to run the football. You've got to run the football to be successful in high school football and the kids wanted to do that, and it's been successful us," he said.

The one other element Keiser and his staff added to make that run game effective was play-action. There was just enough balance, with quarterbacks such as Andrew Andreychik, now a starting pitcher for Bucknell University baseball, to keep defenses from keying on anyone.

Before Andreychik, Andrew Shoop put up huge numbers in the passing game, passing for more yards than anyone in the state his senior year.

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