The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 12, 2012

H.S. football notebook: Line Mountain plays Southern to the end


Rickert said, "That was a great play call by Coach Knock."

He said both Knock and defensive coordinator Josh Daniels did a great job of putting the Eagles in position to win. "We made plays all over the place and it came down to the end," Rickert said.

LUCKY AND GOOD: Everyone knows the old saying about it better to be lucky than good, but the Tigers, who, at 11-0, are good, got the daily-double of luck on the winning touchdown.

To start with, Young misheard the play call. It was supposed to be a sweep, but he thought it was called as a screen, so he ran the wrong play.

Then, before the snap, a Southern lineman jumped off-sides, but there was no call.

NO PANIC: His team trailing 14-0, Southern's Roth might have been tempted to light his players up in the halftime locker room. Roth doesn't operate that way and his calm demeanor may have had a role in the way the Tigers came out of that locker room and put on a scoring drive to get back in the game.

"What we didn't play our best football in the first half and Line Mountain really wanted it and they were putting it to us," Roth said.

He said he stayed calm, but asked the players, "Do you want to continue playing this season or do you want your season to end after 10-0?"

Roth said there were two character checks for his team, the first in responding favorably to the 14-0 deficit, and then rebounding after the Eagles answered the Tigers' first score with one of their own to go up 21-7.

DOMINATED: With the entire season on the line, the Bloomsburg Panthers got off to a slow start on Friday night at South Williamsport and never fully recovered. The Panthers went three-and-out on their first six possessions against the Mounties. Going into halftime, the Panthers usually potent offense -- led by quarterback Ricky Klingerman -- mustered just 16 total yards of offense.

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