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September 30, 2012

High school football notebook: Lewisburg unveils new formation

Lewisburg introduced a new formation in Friday night’s 35-14 victory over Shamokin. The Green Dragons lined up in a spread formation with four wideouts and quarterback Nick Costagliola in a pistol set with fullback Brandon Smith lined up behind him.

Smith would go in motion and Costagliola would throw a swing pass to Smith. The first time the play worked for an 84-yard TD on a third-and-10 for the Green Dragons. The second time it led to a 6-yard gain.

The third time the Green Dragons ran the play came in the fourth quarter near the goal line. Except for one mistake — Smith forgot to go in motion — it led to an 8-yard TD run instead of a short pass.

“It’s something we’ve had in all season, we just hadn’t used it much yet,” Smith said. “I don’t what happened the last time, I just forgot to go in motion. It worked out, though.”

UNLIKELY HERO: Until Berwick scored on a 10-yard Matt Cashman run with seven seconds left Friday night at Harold L. Bolig Memorial Field, it looked like the hero of this much-anticipated non-league contest between Selinsgrove and the once-beaten Bulldogs would be the only female member of coach George Curry’s football team.

When Selinsgrove’s defense forced Berwick to attempt a 27-yard field goal in a 7-7 game in the second quarter, freshman kicker Olivia (that’s not a typo) Seely, booted the ball through for a 10-7 lead that stood until the final moments of the game.

Not bad for a player who arrived on the Berwick sideline carrying her equipment just before kickoff. Her tardiness was excusable. Seely, daughter of longtime Berwick assistant coach Keith Seely, had to get a ride from her previous engagement, an afternoon soccer game.

Seely was perfect on two PATs to go with the first field goal of her young career.

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