CLOSING IN ON A MILESTONE: It took a little bit of time for Selinsgrove freshman tailback Juvan Batts to find his way into a regular spot in the backfield for Selinsgrove, but now he has established himself as the feature back for the Seals and is closing in on a milestone.
After rushing for 217 yards in Friday's District 4 Class AAA title game against Milton, Batts now has 861 yards rushing season. He needs 139 yards against University Prep on Saturday to become the first Seal to hit the 1,000-yard mark since Kyle Reinard had his third consecutive 1,000-yard season in 2010. Batts has rushed for 560 yards -- an average of 140 yards per game -- over his last four outings.
In case you are wondering, since Batts is just a ninth-grader, the Seals' program record for rushing is 3,940, set by Justin Lauver from 1999-2001.
MAKING AMENDS: Southern Columbia's outstanding senior wide receiver, Bryce Parry, took a touchdown pass away from classmate Taylor Young on the first series against South Williamsport.
Young, on third-and-18, threw a perfect bomb, hitting Parry in stride behind the secondary, but the pass was dropped, and the Tigers had to punt.
But Young did not give up on Parry and the latter paid him back with catches of 15, 15 and 14 yards, all setting up Tiger scores.
NO WORRIES: Both Young and junior fullback Adam Feudale said the Tigers never worried when, after having to rally from 21-7 down in the fourth quarter to beat Line Mountain in the semifinals, fell behind the Mounties 6-0.
"We knew this week we had to come out here and play like we're capable of and just take it to him," said Feudale, who scored twice to raise his season TD total to 19.
"I always have confidence in our offense and our defense. I thought we'd get things going eventually."