The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 15, 2013

H.S. football notebook: Shikellamy quarterback Kemberling rounds into form

By The Daily Item

Friday's triumph over Selinsgrove was more than just a monumental victory for the Shikellamy Braves, but it also was a coming-out party of sorts for Braves senior quarterback Garrett Kemberling.

Kemberling, who's been slowed by injuries for much of the season and preseason, got the start in the cross-river rivalry and took every snap for Shikellamy (1-2, 1-1 HAC-I) in what turned out to be a fast-moving game.

The 6-foot-1 signal-caller completed a respectable 7 of 11 passes for 89 yards with no interceptions. He also threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Nick Dunn in a brilliant fake-out of Selinsgrove (2-1, 1-1).

Three of Shikellamy's receivers were set to the right, except for Dunn who was basically alone on the left side with just a cornerback covering him. After taking the snap, Kemberling made a look to his right before spinning around and tossing an easy pass to Dunn for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown late in the second quarter.

"(Garrett) re-injured his ankle, so his first action (of the season) was in week one. We put in Petey (back-up QB Christian Schlegel), but you could start to see Garrett getting back to the old Garrett, and he looked like the old Garrett (Friday)," said Shikellamy coach Todd Tilford.

"Garrett is a team leader and he wants to run the team. He makes (the team) go and we're happy to see him get back in there. This is really like his second scrimmage (Friday), so hopefully he's only going to get better."

CARRYING THE MAIL: Entering Friday night's contest with Hughesville, Logan Aikey had carried the ball five times this season, while Kyle Palmer had yet to get a touch on offense for Lewisburg.

However, after struggling running the ball against Mount Carmel, coach Jeremy Winn gave both Aikey and Palmer a chance in the backfield in the Green Dragons' 42-7 victory over the Spartans.

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