By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
— “Said no more counting dollars, we’ll be counting stars.” – One Republic
By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
SUNBURY — It’s day three of the now marathon-like Black Friday sales. You are broke or tired, or both.
There is nothing good on TV and you are too tired — er, broke — to go to the movies.
Well, unless you are reading this in a diner — or you stole it — you have already paid for one more holiday treat.
Sit back and relax as we take you back over the 2013 high school football season, looking at some of the Valley’s top individual performances.
We took a look at the box scores from all of the games that were available to us to determine the best performers in a number of categories, both for the overall season and in single games.
For those who want even more details, look elsewhere in this section for the final statistics for our 17 teams, as well as the Valley’s leaders.
Let’s get started.
If you recognize the name of the player credited with this season’s longest touchdown run, then you are either a very avid follower of all of the Valley’s teams, or a Southern Columbia fan.
If you guessed Adam Feudale, Nate Hunter, Matt Lupold or Blake Marks, you would be wise. But you would be wrong. This honor belongs to a reserve halfback junior Brad Noll.
The Tigers’ No. 5, also a linebacker, broke a 95-yard TD run in week two versus Montgomery. The next two longest: Selinsgrove’s Zach Adams (who missed the second half of the season to an injury) and Milton’s Josh Brown, with scoring runs of 84 and 75, respectively.
The longest pass play of the season was pulled off by the Mount Carmel senior duo of tight end Christian Kelly and quarterback Zach Wasilewski, with an 86-yard strike versus Montoursville in week 4. Second and third in that category went to Danville’s Evan Tanner and Weston Baylor, at 77, and Bloomsburg’s senior cousins, Colby and Ricky Klingerman, at 76.
Danville’s Shayne Riley had the longest and second longest field goals at 45 and 39 yards. The long one came Nov. 8 versus Lewisburg in the District 4 Class AA quarterfinals. Selinsgrove’s Brendan Shaffer had the next longest at 35.
The longest kickoff return was turned in by Upper Dauphin’s Tanner Miller, who took it 90 yards to the house in week two versus Halifax. Miller also had a 57-yard punt return TD in the same game. The next longest were by Sothern’s Feudale (85) and Warrior Run’s William Michael (83).
In the punt return department, Sothern’s Luke Raring was at the top of the list with a 78-yarder in the season opener against Pius X. Next up were Selinsgrove’s Mason Pope (60) and Miller (57).
No one was able to touch Lewisburg’s Luke Smith when it came to interception returns. The Green Dragon raced 100 yards on a pick-six on Oct. 18 against Central Columbia. Mount Carmel’s Dominic Frontal had a 90-yard pick for a score and his teammate, Mark Ginger, had a 75-yarder.
In addition, Bloomsburg’s Jovial Hemphill returned a fumble 70 yards for a score on Sept. 27 versus Montoursville.
Now for the bests of the season.
For most rushing yards in a game the winner was Milton’s Brown, with an eye-opening 300-yard outing, on just 11 carries, versus Warrior Run in week two. Upper Dauphin’s Trey Campbell, was next with 265, on a whopping 48 carries, versus East Juniata on Oct. 18. Selinsgrove’s Adams had the third best at 251, on 20 carries, in week two versus Trinity. But there were a few more 200-yard games. Line Mountain’s Corey Warford had 228 versus Millersburg in week two and also had 200 versus Phillipsburg-Osceola in the opener. East Juniata’s David Brantley had 204, on 12 carries, versus Halifax in week two.
Three familiar names topped the list for the most receiving yards in a game: Selinsgrove’s Adams led the way with 155 on nine catches, versus Southern Columbia in week four. Behind him were Milton’s English (146) and Bloomsburg’s Colby Klingerman (145).
English had the most catches in a game 10, for his 146, followed by the nine by Adams. Four others each had eight in a game: Mifflinburg’s Tristan Martin, Bloomsburg’s C. Klingerman, Mount Carmel’s Treyvon White and Warrior Run’s Wyatt Kirkendall.
At the risk of missing a few, here were some of the most efficient performances of the season:
Rushing: Feudale, eight carries, 178 yards, on Oct. 4 versus Selinsgrove, eight for 122, week three versus South Williamsport, and nine for 168, week five versus Montoursville; Bloomsburg’s Evan Ball, seven for 121, week five versus Montgomery; Shikellamy’s Scott Bruner, six for 109, week nine versus Shamokin; and the aforementioned Noll, four for 147, week two versus Montgomery.
Receiving: Danville’s Zach Kozick, four for 101, Oct. 18 versus Shikellamy; Rarig, two for 111, week 10, versus Warrior Run; Austin Lehman, Millersburg, three for 110, week six, versus East Juniata; Pope, three for 113, week six, versus Southern Columbia; Milton’s Greg Shultz, three for 125, week three, versus Warrior Run; and Mifflinburg’s Logan Finsterbush, four for 129, week three versus Milton.
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N Sports editor Harold Raker covers high school football for The Daily Item. Email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.