The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 19, 2013

Defenders host neighbors on homecoming

By Harold Raker
The Daily Item

— TURBOTVILLE — It seems fitting that Friday night’s Heartland Athletic Conference Division III game between Warrior Run and visiting Muncy is the Homecoming game for the Defenders.

After all, the Indians are close enough to Warrior Run that their players might be eligible to be Homecoming king.

“Everybody knows everybody. It’s fun to play Muncy. Their coaching staff and our staff are good friends,” Warrior Run coach Mark Burrows said, “We are separated by a little bit of a hill, that’s about it.”

Muncy coach Jay Drumheller agreed, and said it is always a game his team looks forward to playing.

That being said, the Indians (3-0 overall, 1-0 HAC-I) know they won without playing particularly well last week against winless Montgomery.

“We had two touchdowns called back, and (the calls) were legitimate. I think our kids thought things were going to happen easily and (when Montgomery took an early lead), they went into panic mode,” Drumheller said.

“But we got them back at halftime,” he said.

He also said that Montgomery did a great job preparing for what Muncy does and “we didn’t adjust.”

Warrior Run (0-3, 0-1) gave favored Bloomsburg all it could handle last week — for a half — before falling by four touchdowns.

“We played better for a half,” Burrows said. “Unfortunately a high school game is 48 minutes.”

He said he was pleased with the improvements he saw and with this players’ intensity.

He said that will be needed again this week against a good Muncy squad.

“We need to match up with them physically and, most of all, we need to be physical with their skill kids, and it’s another week we have to stop  the run. Muncy likes to run the ball right down your throat.”

He added, “It’s Muncy, it’s Homecoming. If the kids can’t get up for this one, I’m not sure what to do.”

Drumheller said, “The Warrior Run game is a very physical game and is a backyard brawl. I expect a good game and, despite the records, I think the game will be even. (The Defenders) play a tougher schedule than us in the early season.”