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November 18, 2012

HS Football notebook: Four squads playing into holidays

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Young said, "Once we went up (14-6) and our offense was driving I definitely felt comfortable in there and Matt Lupold, Adam and Blake (Marks) were running the ball well."

Added Southern coach Jim Roth, "We didn't panic at all. We just stayed calm and the kids responded pretty quick. So it wasn't a lengthy period of time that we had issues."

He said, "I thought last week was a character win and the way we played in the second half (versus Line Mountain), we were hoping would carry over to this week, and after seeing this game, I think it did."

SAME AS BEFORE: The Tigers and their coaches were calm in the halftime locker room when trailing Line Mountain. This week, they took a 35-6 lead into the locker room.

But Young said the halftime atmosphere was no different. "This game we were told not to let up and we came out on our first drive and scored."

He added, "Once our offense starts moving, I don't think anybody can stop us."

ANOTHER WEAPON: Twenty-five years after Jerry Marks finished his career as a Southern tailback with a then state-record rushing total, his son, Blake, a freshman halfback, is starting to make a name for himself.

"It was nice to see. Some of the plays he made, and the way he's blocking and the physical nature of the way he's running the ball now, with his size (5-foot-9, 155 pounds), for him to have stepped up at this point, that's a nice plus for us offensively, just the way he's playing," coach Jim Roth said.

A GREAT SEASON: Second-year South Williamsport coach Chris Eiswerth was all smiles as he hung the District 4 Class A silver medals around his players' necks. Those players helped get the program back to where it once was.

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