The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 31, 2013

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


Had the Ironmen been able to run the ball as they do now, play-action would have made the Ironmen a scary team -- and cost area defensive coordinators a lot of sleep.

As for the defense, Keiser knew a good one when he saw it. After struggling against Selinsgrove and its 3-5 defense, Keiser decided he would rather switch than fight.

"We kind of modeled our defense after (the Seals) when I took over. It's probably been the best defense in this district for years. And we have a great group, which helps us more than anything," he said.

That group is led by its standout linebackers, particularly all-stater Haney, now a senior, who has led the team in tackles the last three years and, despite missing time, has 92 total tackles already this season.

SCHEDULE CHANGES: Keiser is sad that, after tonight, the Ironmen will no longer play their friendliest rivals, the Seals, at least for two years. Danville is moving down to HAC-II. But the good news is that Danville will resume its series with Southern Columbia, which will move back up to HAC-II.

Both Keiser and Southern coach Jim Roth wanted to keep one another on the schedule when the conference realigned two years ago, but were unable to do it.

In a perfect world, both of those rivalries would remain.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: A reader shared with us this week that tonight will be the 50th anniversary of a big win for a local team in the Twin Valley Conference (now the Tri-Valley League).

It was Friday, Nov. 1, 1963, that the Trevorton Red Devils (now part of Line Mountain) defeated Williamstown (now part of Williams Valley) 47-0 to win the TVL championship with a 7-1 record.

Thanks to reader Fred Klock for that piece of local history.

n Sports editor Harold Raker covers high school football for The Daily Item. Email comments to

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