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September 23, 2013

Football notebook: Selinsgrove player misses chance to honor teammate

By The Daily Item

NO SHIRT, NO SERVICE: Prior to Friday, a different player on Selinsgrove's team has worn Juvon Batts' No. 1 jersey in honor of the sophomore tailback, who has to sit out the season due to a heart-related condition.

For the first few weeks the honorees have all been players of the skill-set variety on offense: like either a fellow running back or a wide receiver. Senior wide receiver/defensive back Curtis Banasiak wore the jersey last week versus Shikellamy.

This past Friday was supposed to be Andrew Boob's turn to wear the jersey, but apparently Batts wore his jersey at school that day so Boob, an offensive and defensive lineman, missed out on his chance to honor his ailing teammate.

The jersey would've been a tight fit for Boob anyway. Boob is listed at 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, while Batts is just 5-7, 170.

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GETTING THE DOWNS: Selinsgrove's offense ran efficiently as it ever has this season as it racked up a season-high 24 first downs against Shamokin, which equals what the Seals had in the previous two weeks against Trinity and Shikellamy combined.

Selinsgrove also ruled the time of possession in the game, especially in the first half, to the tune of an almost three-to-one edge.

The Seals held the ball just under 16 minutes in the first half, compared to an under six-minute possession time for Shamokin.

In the game overall, Selinsgrove possessed the ball roughly 24 minutes, compared to 22 minutes for Shamokin, most of which came in the second half while the Seals' back-up players were in. n

BREAK TIME: Southern Columbia apparently enjoys taking time to walk to the other end of the field. Friday night in its 48-14 win over visiting South Williamsport, the Tigers twice scored on the first play of a quarter — the second and the fourth.

The Tigers ended the first quarter with a second-and-goal at the Mountaineers' one-yard line.

After changing ends, Nate Hunter scored to put his team up two scores.

The third quarter ended with the Tigers at the Mountaineers' 12 with a third-and-five. The Tigers opened the fourth quarter with a Blake Marks 12-yard TD run, the Tigers' final score of the night.

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