GETTING THEIR KICKS IN: It seems like field goals come in bunches in high school football and Friday was one of the nights when a handful happened.
Of the 10 games with Valley teams participating in them on Friday night, half of them had field goals. Danville freshman Shayne Riley, Mifflinburg's Victor Suquet, Shamokin's Jon Deitrick and Selinsgrove's Kaelan Sullivan all booted short field goals.
HELPING THE CAUSE: Southern sophomore wide receiver/cornerback Luke Rarig came close to scoring his team's first touchdown on Friday against Central Columbia, but got knocked out of bounds at the one after a 34-yard pass from Taylor Young.
"That's OK," he said. "It helped the team out and that's all that mattered.
The Tigers scored, and a two-point conversion gave them their first lead.
MEANINGFUL "W": Rarig, who admitted breathing a big sigh of relief when they finally stopped the Blue Jays from tying the game in two fourth-quarter red-zone trips, said, "(Beating Central) is pretty special. Central, Mount Carmel, Shamokin, they are our biggest games because we all have a lot of friends on the teams and we know everybody. They are good rivalries."
EFFECTIVE PLAY: The Blue Jays got a key first down, and came close to scoring, on an inside screen pass from quarterback Jordan Thivierge to running back Dain Kowalski.
"That's a play we made against Milton and it was a 30- or 40-yard gain. Tonight, we gained seven (actually 12). That's the difference. Southern has some really great athletes to make the plays," said Central Columbia coach Jason Hippenstiel.
BATTLE TESTED: Hippenstiel said his team, which lost for only the second time and came into Friday leading the District 4 Class AA point standings (and still does), said the Blue Jays would learn from the loss to rival Southern and grow from it.