The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 7, 2013

Harold Raker's column on high school football: So nice, let's do it twice


"There is a fine line between making it fun or nerve-wracking," Tilford added.

Mifflinburg's Jason Dressler, whose team secured its playoff berth with a win over rival Lewisburg on the final night, is happy for the rematch because, he said, "We failed to meet or goal which was knocking them off; but we achieved a lot mentally in that game. We are talking right now about having unfinished business this week.

"We have got to go back up there and finish the job this time. Actually getting a second chance at Montoursville, a lot of the guys are excited by it."

MORE ON THE DEVILS: After last week's note from a former Trevorton Red Devil, Fred Klock, about their unbeaten season in 1963 with a win over Williamstown, I heard from Jim Klinger, a 1967 Williams Valley (and a Mansfield University) graduate, who, at age 13, was the manager for the Rams in that game.

He recalled the game was played in Trevorton in a snowstorm. After the game, the visitors unable to drive home, were treated to a meal by the Trevorton Football Boosters and fire company, which started a nice relationship between the two communities that carried on for many years.

For fans of that area, who love to recall the old days, Klinger mentioned that the game featured two legendary coaches, Frank Snyder, of Williamstown, and Harvey Boughner, of Trevorton.

Klinger coached with Snyder on two championship teams at Williams Valley in the mid 1980s.

He also said he had the wonderful opportunity to work with former Mahanoy Joint (forerunner of Line Mountain) and Halifax coach Clyde Miller. "He had a huge impact on me as a teacher and person. His players and students at Mahanoy Joint were blessed to have met him."

Thanks to Jim for more memories from a great era for high school football.

n Sports editor Harold Raker covers high school football for The Daily Item. Email comments to

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