The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 29, 2013

High school football notebook: Strong Ironmen defense improving

Lewisburg's Smith finds happy home

By The Daily Item

After giving up some long drives this season to Shamokin and Montoursville, Danville coach Jim Keiser was more than pleased with the Ironmen's defensive performance Friday night against Central Columbia.

The Blue Jays struggled to generate first downs, going just 2 for 15 on third-down conversions. They had only four drives of longer than six plays.

Central Columbia had two 13-play drives in the second quarter, but the first ended with an interception near the goal line and the other ended on downs before the half.

"That's one of the things we wanted to take care of because we've given up some drives this year, long drives," Keiser said. "(Friday), I thought our guys stepped up and played real well."

The Danville defense also accounted for three interceptions, a sack and a fumble recovery.

COMFORT ZONE: Lewisburg coach Jeremy Winn knew before the season started that he needed to find a way to get the ball into Luke Smith's hands.

Winn thought Smith would be the perfect candidate to replace Brandon Smith at fullback in the Green Dragons' Wing-T offense.

"He's somebody we knew in the summer we had to get the ball to. We thought fullback would be the easiest way," Winn said.

However, Smith didn't take to the change quite like Winn envisioned.

"I wasn't really all the comfortable running the ball; you could probably tell by watching," Smith after Friday night's 42-6 victory over Shamokin.

With Logan Aikey growing into the fullback role in the Lewisburg offense, Smith moved back his to his former halfback position.

"I think I can block better, help the team more out there. I can catch passes," Smith said. "It's what I'm used to my whole life. It's what I did under the old coaching staff and it's what I did last year."

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