The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 15, 2013

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


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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.

Both took advantage of their new offensive roles.

Aikey carried the ball 18 times for 158 yards and three touchdowns, while Palmer toted the rock seven times for 37 yards and a TD.

"Our mind set was different. Our mentality was a little different up front and it was different the way we ran the ball," Lewisburg coach Jeremy Winn said. "It can open up a lot of things for us if we can run the ball."

WHOOPS! There may have been some area fans that had flashbacks of the 1990 Missouri vs. Colorado game on Friday at Glenn Ressler Field at Line Mountain High School.

A mistake by the officiating crew allowed Line Mountain to run a play on "fifth down," after the game should have ended.

From the Juniata 3, Line Mountain quarterback Ryan Reed spiked the ball to stop the clock on first-and-goal. On second down, Reed took off up the middle, coming up just inches shy of the goal. On third down, Reed fumbled the snap, but managed to fall on it. With no timeouts and the final seconds ticking through the teens, Reed and Line Mountain quickly set up and spiked the ball on fourth down.

However, the officiating crew at some point failed to flip the down marker, and allowed Line Mountain to set up on the 3-yard line for a "fifth-and-goal."

The pass attempt on the extra down was incomplete, and Juniata held on for the exciting win.

BUSY, BUSY: Southern Columbia junior Luke Rarig must have slept well Friday night. In addition to providing excellent pass coverage from his cornerback spot, including an interception to set up the Tigers' second touchdown against Mount Carmel, the 6-foot, 180-pound Rarig took up where he left off last year as the kickoff man. His boots -- and there were plenty because his team kept scoring -- all went inside the 20, with the shortest to the 18 and the longest (not counting a pair of touchbacks) to the 1.

Rarig also caught a touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Nick Becker, one of his four catches for 64 yards.

TRIBUTE: At Friday's game versus Pine Grove, each East Juniata player wore pink socks in memory of Nevin Shea, a former Tigers captain who passed away Sept. 8 from injuries sustained in a car accident.

The pink socks were chosen to represent Shea's favorite color.

Shea, a 2011 Midd-West graduate, also participated in baseball, track and wrestling in high school.

After the game, each Tigers player broke the post-game huddle by joining hands in the center and shouting "Nevin."