By The Daily Item
MANDATA -- Only one week remains before the 2013 scholastic football season begins, and Shikellamy is already chomping at the bit to get things started.
But with the Mount Carmel Red Tornadoes penciled in as their first real opponent, the Braves better be ready to go when that opening whistle blows.
Shikellamy looked to be in game form during its final scrimmage against Line Mountain on Friday. The Braves reached the endzone multiple times while also shutting out the Eagles to post a solid final exhibition before the games that count get underway.
"I think we took a step forward. We liked what we saw and the kids came out ready to play with some intensity," said Shikellamy coach Todd Tilford. "We built on last week's scrimmage and we're heading in the right direction for our opener."
Shikellamy's starters reached the endzone three times in the scrimmage, with the subs producing at least a pair of scores as well.
Some of the highlights for the first-string offense included running back Alex Bruner finding the endzone after a long run on the first play, plus sophomore quarterback Christian Schlegel, playing for Garrett Kemberling, threw a touchdown pass to Nate Shrawder.
"I'm really happy with the way our young offensive line is coming along. We blocked really well, and that's a good sign," said Tilford.
Defensively, a shutout over a quality offensive team like Line Mountain kind of speaks for itself. Although the Eagles have a new quarterback in Ryan Reed, who's taking over for All-Star Cole Rickert (1,138 passing yards, 12 TDs last year).
"As a whole we defended the passing game well. Up front we have some new guys and they did pretty well collectively," said Tilford. "In our linebacking core we have people we can rotate in, and we feel we have some athletic kids who understand what we want them to do.
"A shutout against Line Mountain -- not too shabby," added the Braves coach.
Now if only Shikellamy can post another such effort against Mount Carmel in seven days.
"With scrimmages against Southern Columbia and Line Mountain -- traditionally two strong teams -- I think our kids fared pretty well. We have some things to work on when you get to the real thing, but we're excited with the real thing coming up," said Tilford.
"We'll have a good game plan going in and we're looking forward to the challenge of playing Mount Carmel. (Coach) Carm (DeFrancesco) and his staff are aware of what we are going to do, and it's just a matter of who is going to do it better on Friday night."
n Central Mountain
SELINSGROVE -- With only a week left until the 2013 season kicks off, Selinsgrove coach Dave Hess was hoping his team would fare well against Central Mountain in the final scrimmage of the year.
And that they did.
Junior running back Zach Adams and Angelo Martin both got carries in the backfield for significant gains. When they weren't running it, junior quarterback Isaiah Rapp was airing it out with success.
"Our team played extremely well. We moved the ball consistently. We had a good number of big plays," Hess said. "I was pleased offensively. Overall, I thought our offense did very well."
Adams ran for 767 yards last year.
The defense didn't miss a beat either, playing perhaps as solid as the offense.
"I thought we played a little soft at times, but other than that, I thought we played pretty solid," Hess said. "We tackled pretty well."
Selinsgrove opens the season at home with Mifflinburg next Friday, and Hess thinks the scrimmage shows that his Seals are clicking at the right time.
"Offensively, they got in gear just at the right time. I'm excited to see what's going to happen next week against Mifflinburg," Hess said. "It's going to be a great week."
n Milton 4,
South Williamsport 1
MILTON -- The Black Panthers picked up three-set wins at both No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles to beat the Mounties for the nonleague victory.
At No. 3 singles, Julia Spear beat Megan Rovenolt, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0. At at No. 2 doubles, Caylee Pinchak and Taylor Wolfe beat Noelle Gain and Monique McLaughlin, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Leah Tillinghast won in two sets at No. 1 singles to help give Milton (1-2) its first win of the season.
n Bloomsburg 4,
BLOOMSBURG -- The Green Dragons got a three-set win from Erin Devine at No. 2 singles, but they also fell in tiebreaks at No. 1 doubles as the Panthers took the nonleague win.
Devine defeated Emily Wawroski, 6-4, 0-6, 6-4, to give Lewisburg (0-3) its only win on the day.
At No. 1 doubles, Claire Chau and Sidney Hartzell lost to Molly Williams and Liz Drumm, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1.