By The Daily Item
WHICH WAY DID HE GO? Following his blockers, Southern Columbia fullback Adam Feudale was dangerous enough for Selinsgrove's defense. But when he took off on his own, that is when he put on a show for the Tigers' fans on Friday night.
Most of his runs -- en route to 178 yards on eight carries and a touchdown -- were of the highlight reel variety.
He was able to quickly reverse field again and again, and when he had to, he ran people over. In addition, he turned a screen pass into a 34-yard gain, but he probably ran 60-plus yards along the way. He made a move shortly after catching the ball that left defenders what happened to him. They may still be looking for him.
Oh, by the way, those yards came in the first half. He left the game just before halftime, but Southern coach Jim Roth said it was not because of an injury, there was just no need to keep him in the game.
HUNGER GAMES: Roth said one of the reasons his backs and receivers are making all the big plays is that, because they have such depth, and are so versatile this year, their touches are limited.
"It seems like everybody's hungry right now and when they get the ball, they're hungry to run the ball, they're playing real aggressive, and with the wideouts we have right now with (Zach) Tillett and Luke (Rarig) at the split end positions and the way our backs are catching the ball, it just gives a defense a lot to contend with."
ONE MORE DRIVE: Although the game was long out of reach, Selinsgrove gave its fans something to cheer about on the opening drive of the second half.
Mason Pope returned the kickoff 33 yards to the Selinsgrove 45. The Seals converted a pair of fourth downs, the second when quarterback Isaiah Rapp drew the Tigers offsides on a fourth-and-one with a hard count.
On the next play, Rapp connected with Pope on a 28-yard pass to the one setting up sophomore tailback Angelo Martin for a one-yard TD run.
TRICKERY: After a quick timeout with 13 seconds left on a fourth-and-one, some fans at Panther Stadium in Bloomsburg probably assumed that the Panthers would simply run the ball to pick up the first and end the half as the clock winded down.
Quarterback Ricky Klingerman had a different idea.
The star Panther quarterback handed it off to Jahveal Hemphill, who ran a few feet to his right before stopping and hitting a wide open Zach Ashford for a great 46-yard pickup to put Bloomsburg down deep in Muncy territory on Friday night.
Ashford nearly broke it for a score, but got caught up by a deep safety.
"We put that in this week and Ricky actually called that toward the end (of half)," Bloomsburg coach Mike Kogut said. "I thought we were going to score at the end there, but we didn't."
STARTING ON THE RIGHT FOOT: The Panthers had an unfortunate tendency this year to get off to a slow start on the gridiron every week.
So coach Mike Kogut was more than pleased on Friday night when his team came out of the gates rolling.
Bloomsburg took its opening possession 70 yards on just three plays for the first touchdown of the game.
The Panthers scored two touchdowns on their opening two drives before punting it away.
After that punt, it was Bloomsburg's defense which forced a huge fumble that was returned for a touchdown.
"It was a goal early on to get on them and we knew how talented they were and we knew they were coming to play," Kogut said. "We made some plays early and often, whichw as great. That hasn't been our tendency to start that way."
CARRYING OVER: Maybe the feeling of coaching against your former team can last for weeks.
Newport coach Todd Rothermel defeated Line Mountain -- where Rothermel previously roamed the sidelines -- two weeks ago before beating East Juniata this past week.
With the pair of wins, Newport sits at 4-2 on the year. The start marks the latest into a season that the Buffaloes are over .500 since starting 4-3 in 2006 before dropping the final three games of the season.
With a win in two of their final four games, the Buffaloes will have the program's first winning season since a 9-2 mark in 2005. The Buffaloes are averaging just under 31 points per game this year and have scored 34, 42 and 45 points in games this year.
RUNNING IN THE RAIN: In slippery conditions, Line Mountain had no problem running the ball and stopping the run for Halifax.
The Eagles finished with 416 yards on the ground, carrying the ball 57 times while limiting Halifax to 16 yards rushing. The swarming Eagles defense was in the backfield almost as soon as the ball was handed off through the game to shut down the Wildcats' ground game and force them to pass.
Taking the ground game out of the equation, the Eagles were able to put pressure on Wildcats quarterback Mason Erdman, limiting the freshman to one completion on 12 attempts in the second half.