The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 12, 2012

Harold Raker's column on high school football: High school football from A to Z


H-Dave Hess. The Seals coach helped the bring excitement back to eastern Snyder County after a 1-9 season in 2011. The Seals are atop both the HAC-I and D4 AAA point standings with four games to play.

I-Interference. No, not the penalty, the action by the District 4 committee. Two weeks after four players from Shikellamy and Selinsgrove were ejected (and automatically ineligible for the next game) after a bench-clearing brawl, the committee decided it needed to make another statement, and, based on an Internet video, bounced four Braves' players from the school's homecoming game versus Warrior Run.

J-Eric Joraskie. The Valley's top Division I recruit (an early signee for Northwestern University) has battled injuries in his senior year, but still forces offensive coordinators to work harder to prepare for the Red Tornadoes.

K-Rodney Knock. The former Line Mountain quarterback, after two years on former coach Mike Carson's staff, has, at age 24, kept the Eagles on track for another great season and D4 Class A appearance, even after the loss of their starting quarterback to injury.

L-Linemen. The guys in the trenches (and they are known by lots of other names) toil mostly in anonymity. But, without them, we would not be interviewing the Valley's many talented skill players.

M-Mount Carmel. Ranked No. 3 in the state in Class AA to open the season, despite some key graduation losses, the Red Tornadoes came out firing, only to hit a three-game skid. But coach Carmen DeFrancesco's team showed that it is back with a lopsided win over previously unbeaten Central Columbia and is once again a scary team for the upcoming playoffs.

N-Next man up. With the rash of injuries this season, kudos to the players who have worked hard to be able to step in unexpectedly and do an outstanding job .

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