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November 20, 2012

Brothers help Southern to 12-0 mark

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The play worked even better than either brother could have imagined as Jake found himself wide open in the end zone.

What if he had dropped it? "I would have hoped to get another pass to him," Nick said.

Like Nick, Roth hadn't though about the possible brother-to-brother connection during the week, but said, "When the game started it crossed my mind and I thought it would be nice if he could complete a pass to him. As we started to get past midfield, I thought if he could hit one there it could possibly be a score."

Making his mark

Jake has been a force on both sides of the ball as well as special teams as the punter, and, Roth noted, was a rare two-way starter as an underclassmen last year. In the District 4 title game last week, he sparked a comeback win with a punt block that led to an Adam Feudale touchdown.

"That was the first one of my career and I promised (2011 graduate Tom Schetroma) that I would get one after he blocked one in the state playoffs against Old Forge," Jake said. "I was firing off the ball and once I saw the high snap and (the punter) was running my way, I thought I had a pretty good shot at it," he said.

"He has been one of our top leaders the last couple years and starting two ways for two years is unusual in our program," Roth said. "We get a kid every now and then who will start two ways as a senior, but not too many as juniors."

He said Jake displayed a strong ability to block at a young age. "A lot of coaches will say blocking is all about attitude, and he was very determined as a young kid. He was very effective as a blocker and I think a lot of it was because of his desire and his attitude," Roth said of his 6-foot-1, 230-pound star.

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