The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 12, 2013

Upper Dauphin, Halifax looking for identity

By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item

— ELIZABETHVILLE — Opportunity, they say, comes to those who go after it.

Friday’s Tri-Valley League game at Upper Dauphin could see one team take the opportunity to get its season righted.

After acknowledging that they used an ineligible player, Camp Hill forfeited its game against Upper Dauphin to make the Trojans 1-1 on the year.

Halifax is 0-2 and has yet to score a point.

“The positives that we can build on from last week is that, each week, we get closer to putting a drive together to get a score,” Halifax head coach Matt Maniskas said. “Right now we need a confidence builder.”

Costly mistakes have plagued the Wildcats.

“Last week, we’re down 7-0 at the half and we were feeling good about ourselves, but then, we had some drives that stalled inside the 30, but, we also ran the ball well,” Maniskas said. “There were four or five plays that turned the game in Juniata’s favor. We had an interception, a fumble. It’s tough for us to be successful right now when we turn the ball over, but our defense is going a great job.

The Trojans are also feeling their same share of missed opportunities.

“We gave Williams Valley too may opportunities in the fourth quarter,” Trojans coach Brent Bell said. “If you give them opportunities, they’ll take advantage of it. Some of their best plays came off of scrambles.”

Bell went on to say that they can’t continue to turn the ball over and, when they get pressure on the quarterback, they have to bring him down.

“Our attitude was great during the game and we fought hard,” Bell said. “Once we got into the fourth quarter, things happened so quickly that the majority of the points came in a five-minute span.”

Bell noted the kids are excited to be playing Halifax on Friday night.

“Our mind-set is pretty good, but Friday was pretty rough on everybody,” he said. “We had some moments where the kids felt sorry for themselves. They are past that and are excited about this being their first home game.”

Maniskas knows there are still some fundamentals they have to work on.

“We had to keep the drives together,” he said. “We can’t have a fumble here or an interception here, that goes on my play calling and I take full responsibility for that. The great thing about these kids is that they continue to work and keep moving forward.”