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November 28, 2012

H.S. football: Selinsgrove will be challenged by ACC running back

ACC running back will challenge Seals

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He added, "If something's not wide open, he always tries to find a hole for himself and make some yards."

Depending on what the Vikings (8-5) give them defensively, the Seals may either unleash their own quick, elusive back (freshman Juvon Batts), or, as they did last week in a win over University Prep of Pittsburgh, run bruising fullbacks (senior) Mike Walter and (sophomore) Conner Leisenfeld inside.

Against Prep, Hess said, "We felt we could run between the tackles. We put two fullbacks in there and ran right at them. We felt they had the speed to catch Juvon on the outside."

Hess sees a much-improved Vikings defense from one that allowed 97 points in a three-game skid early in the season.

"They are playing good defense. They run the same thing we saw last week, a 4-3, but they shift it around a little more than University Prep. Their linebackers are good, they really play downhill, and are extremely tough. They have a big man inside, Oscar Ghasab (6-3, 275). He is one tough son of a gun," Hess said.

Cupples said the difference in the defense from earlier to now is that they focused a lot more on just the tackling. "Earlier in the season, we were in position (but) we just weren't making those plays that we needed to make. We weren't really fundamental as far as tackling went.

"I think our defense just got a little bit more aggressive and we've been tackling a little bit better since mid-season," he said.

Hess is impressed with the Vikings, especially in light of their heavy graduation losses, which included Nosovitch, who is now at South Carolina.

"Coach Cupples did a great job. He was left with very little there, and you can just see they have made progress every week, every time they have gone out on the field. They are 8-5 now, but their five losses came to some great football teams (all were Class AAAA opponents, including three in a row to Freedom, Emmaus and Easton)."

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