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November 25, 2012

HS Football notebook: HAC-I rivals last teams standing

HAC-I rivals last teams standing

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Campbell is also big enough to slide down on to the defensive line as a nose guard when the Panthers are in their short yardage defense.

SIZE NOT EVERYTHING: In addition to its dangerous offense, the biggest concern for Danville going into Friday's District 4 Class AA title game with visiting Mount Carmel was the Red Tornadoes' significant size difference up front.

After his team fell to the Ironmen 28-21, Mount Carmel coach Carmen DeFrancesco, who is a former Danville head coach, said, "Their quickness on defense was really something to see. I give them a lot of credit."

DeFrancesco said that, especially in the second half, when the Ironmen held standout running back Lucas Klingerman to 34 yards on 16 carries, "They just flew to the ball. We just couldn't seem to stay on our blocks."

Mount Carmel's offensive front included four 260-pounders and a 230-pounder. Danville's biggest defensive lineman goes 205.

Danville coach Jim Keiser said, "We may have the smallest Class AA line in the state, and those kids have great heart, they're hard workers, and they did a great job against a very good football team."

Keiser added, "(Klingerman) is a heck of a running back. For us to do what we did to him the second half, that was huge. Our guys did a great job of flying to the football, they did all year. I can't say enough about our kids."

PLEASANT SURPRISE: Keiser admitted he was not expecting to come into this season with all of the heavy graduation losses and still be playing in week 14.

"No, but these kids worked so hard. We started working for this year in this week last year," he said.

Senior Bret Berg, who had two touchdown catches and a pair of interceptions, said, "It feels great. No one expected us to do this, at the beginning of the season, but we all believed."

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