Like the Defenders, the Indians started losing starters in the preseason and the hits just kept on coming.
Foor said this week that the team has maintained a high morale and noted that neither the players nor the coaches are going to cry about something they can not control.
Foor told me after a heartbreaking loss to then unbeaten Selinsgrove two weeks ago that there was no more talk about playoffs because, he contended, what happened last year to allow a 3-7 team to get into the D4 AAA playoffs was not going to happen again. Well, guess what? With four teams qualifying, it appears that the same four teams -- Selinsgrove, Shikellamy, Milton and Shamokin -- will be there again. All that is left to be determined is the seeding. This assumes that East Juniata, the only other team with a win, does not pull a couple of upsets in the second half of the season.
Other teams with high hopes dashed, at least in part the result of key injuries, was Mount Carmel, now on a three-game losing streak after entering the season ranked No. 2 in the state in Class AA by Pennsylvania Football News (the Red Tornadoes have lost the services for a few games of standout linemen Mike Scicchitano and Eric Joraskie); defending Heartland Athletic Conference Division I champion Mifflinburg, which has yet to put starting running back/linebacker Michael Wiand on the field, and also lost running back Tanner Bingaman for the first four games; East Juniata, which, under first-year coach Simon Cameron lost several starters, including its best all-around athlete, David Brantley; and Shikellamy, which is still waiting to field the team that new coach Todd Tilford wanted to see open the season.
Here's hoping things go better in the second half.
n Assistant sports editor Harold Raker covers high school football for The Daily Item. Email comments to email@example.com.