The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

High School Sports

November 4, 2012

High school football notebook: Eleven from Valley in second season


MAX-ING OUT: Lewisburg sophomore Max Reed had a pretty weekend on two different football (or futbol) fields.

On Friday night the 10th grader booted a 35-yard field goal in the Green Dragons’ 38-6 romp over Mifflinburg. On Saturday evening, in the District 4 Class AA boys soccer final, Reed scored the game-tying goal in the second half and then assisted on the game-winner moments later to help Lewisburg win its third consecutive District 4 title.

Reed will have a busy week of postseason games this week. On Tuesday he will play in the PIAA soccer playoffs when the Green Dragons meet District 2 champion Coughlin at Loyalsock. If Lewisburg wins that game, he might have to be two places at once considering the second round of state soccer is Saturday, as is the Dragon’s football playoff opener against Montoursville.

NO PAIN, NO GAIN: Danville coach Jim Keiser feared he tore a calf muscle during Friday’s 24-14 win over Selinsgrove.

Keiser, who had a pronounced hitch in his giddy-up at game’s end, jumped excitedly following a first-half fumble recovery by the Ironmen and slipped in mud near the edge of the field.

Still, the injury didn’t dampen his spirits after earning the program’s second Heartland-I championship in three years.

“Oh, I’ll take it,” said Keiser. “A little bit of pain? I’ll take it.”

BLOWING CHUNKS: Selinsgrove had allowed an average of 211 yards per game through the season’s first nine weeks, and Danville exceeded that total by only 63 yards.

Seals coach Dave Hess, however, was concerned about how the Ironmen got their yardage.

“I felt pretty good about our offense. I didn’t feel so good about our defense, because it was giving up big plays on third down,” he said. “The mistakes we were making were just real fundamental mistakes. The good thing is they’re all correctable things.”

FRESH FACE: Southern Columbia freshman Nick Becker made his first career start at quarterback on Friday night and he did not disappoint. Becker, the younger brother of Tiger veteran Jake Becker completed 5-of-9 passes for 152 yards and three scores.

Becker’s three TD passes were 16, 67 and 42 yards. His first career TD pass was a 16-yarder to his older brother Jake.

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