The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 12, 2012

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


O-Offense. For those who don't regularly follow the Tri-Valley League, check out the point totals of the TVC's top four teams. After six games, first-place Williams Valley, under first-year coach Tim Savage, has scored 224 points; runner-up and fellow unbeaten Tri-Valley, led by former Mount Carmel High and Bloomsburg University standout Mike Kogut, has amassed 226; third-place Line Mountain, under the aforementioned first-year coach Knock, has totalled 251; and fourth-place Juniata, under longtime coach Gary Klingensmith has scored 224.

P-Parents. They are often maligned, often for good reason, but hats off to those who put in so much time and effort (and in some cases money) behind the scenes to allow their children to compete.

Q-Quarterbacks. Always in the spotlight, whether for good or bad performances, it takes a special mentality as well as skill to play the high-profile position.

R-Jim Roth. He is often criticized, but only by those who don't know him. The 29th-year Southern coach wins not only because he has great athletes, but because he is always a few steps ahead of the competition, and never stops trying to learn.

S-Students. Because all of the players are, or should be, students first.

T-Todd Tilford. Thinking it might be his final chance to get to coach his young sons, he made a tough decision to leave a successful program to take over his alma mater in the midst of controversy and chaos. The Braves are starting to adapt to the new staff and system, despite injuries and the aforementioned suspensions.

V-Value. That's what you get when you buy a ticket to watch one of the great high school games that are played out every Friday (and some Saturdays) in the Valley.

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