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November 21, 2012

High school football: Seals will try to keep ball from potent Wildcats

Seals will try to keep ball from potent Wildcats

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The Seals have 26 sacks on the season with senior defensive tackle Harley Stahl leading the team with four and seven different Selinsgrove defenders have at least two sacks this season.

Senior safety Tyler Krebs leads the team in tackles with 93, while sophomore linebacker Conner Leisenfeld is second with 90 stops.

Of course, sometimes the best defense against a potent offense is to keep it off the field. That will certainly be the task of the Seals' offense at Mansion Park.

Selinsgrove has ridden its rushing attack all season. The Seals have run the ball almost five times more than they've passed this year. Dynamic freshman running back Juvon Batts has rushed for 861 yards this season and nine touchdowns. Batts has rushed for 559 yards and six touchdowns in the last four Selinsgrove games.

Sophomore Zach Adams is second on the team with 563 yards and four scores, while senior fullback Mike Walter is tied with Batts for the team lead with nine rushing touchdowns, chipping in 426 yards as well.

That's not to discount the strides sophomore quarterback Isaiah Rapp has made since taking over in the sixth week of the season. Nowhere was that more apparent than late in the first half of last week's district championship game with Milton.

Selinsgrove wanted the ball back late in the second quarter and used two time outs on defense to get it. That left Rapp with one time out and a little more than two minutes to drive down the field. The sophomore led the Seals to the touchdown, completing all three passes on the drive and getting his team to the line twice to spike the ball to stop the clock.

Hess said that stretch wasn't just important for Rapp, it was important for the Seals' coaching staff as well.

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