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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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Hess said that the key will be stopping McDermott, but the Vikings are also capable of throwing the ball with Beck (1,022 yards, 9 TDs).

"Especially this week, it comes down to the line of scrimmage. They have a great runner, so we have to control the line of scrimmage. They have a nice offensive line and three nice inside linebackers.

"Our strength is our running game, so we have to be able to control the line of scrimmage. That's what it's going to come down to in my mind."

The Seals have improved offensively in the second half of the season, even after inserting a new starting quarterback, sophomore Isaiah Rapp. Hess said, "We've come on by leaps and bounds, and really, it's been the offensive line that has made the difference. The last three weeks, every time you watch film you see our offensive front blocking, getting better and that really is what it's been about.

"Our pass protection has been very good, but, when we are running the ball successfully, it's hard to come away from that and start throwing it around," he said.

Hess said the Vikings' schedule helps prepare them for this type of game, but so does the Seals' slate. "I'm glad we play teams like Berwick, Southern Columbia, Mount Carmel and Trinity. Without that, where would we be? We need that stuff to make some noise in the playoffs, and I am thankful that we have teams like that we can play in the regular season."

Cupples, who replaced former Susquehanna University linebacker Harold Fairclough at the helm of ACC this year, is impressed with the Seals.

"They are definitely a tough, physical team. It seems like they like to run the ball just as much as we do. They're tough and they're big up front. It's going to be a battle stopping the run."

Cupples added that the Seals have a great running back in Batts and outstanding power backs in Walter and (Zach Adams), as well as a good nose guard in (Harley Stahl). "They've got a lot of kids that can play ball."

The winner will move to the semifinals against the winner of Friday's game between Interboro and Archbishop Wood.

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