The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 7, 2012

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Future bright for Valley teams


Danville fell victim to a veteran and talented unbeaten Wyomissing team in the state quarterfinals.

Keiser told his players after last Saturday's loss to learn from the experience.

He, too, is anxious to see what next year brings. "We have eight starters back on each side of the ball and these kids got their fee wet at this level."

He said the players would have to work harder next summer to get better and give themselves a chance to back to this level. And possibly beyond.

Before the season even started, Southern Columbia coach Jim Roth was already talking about next year, while knowing his team could be pretty darn good in 2012. With a team of mostly first-year starters, the Tigers went undefeated in the regular season and District 4 Class A playoffs before falling to Dunmore in the first round of the state tournament.

Look out for the Tigers again next season as they return eight offensive and six defensive starters.

A SPECIAL TALENT: Although the Seals lost to ACC, anyone who made the trip from Snyder County and other parts of the Valley got to see one of the great all-time high school performances. Hess talked in the week going into the game about what a challenge his defense, which has been solid all season, would face against the Vikings' senior tailback, Colin McDermott. If the film of his games made him look good, he was being underestimated.

When you watch plays develop from a pressbox as high above the turf as the one at Banko, it is easy to see where a running back should go with the ball. McDermott saw it too, and seemed to never go in the wrong direction. Like the baseball axiom, "hit 'em where they ain't" the 6-foot, 200-pound McDermott, ran the ball where they weren't, defenders that is.

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