By The Daily Item
Mount Carmel ended its three-game losing streak on Friday, tossing its hat right back into the District 4 Class AA playoff race with a 20-point win over previously unbeaten Central Columbia.
The Red Tornadoes' run defense, torched the last three weeks in losses to Southern Columbia, Loyalsock and Montoursville, held Central Columbia to minus-seven yards rushing on 19 carries.
After a tight first half, the Red Tornadoes took the ground to dominate the final two quarters. Mount Carmel, without the services of record-breaking tailback Luke Klingerman who sat out, got 195 yards rushing and three scores from junior quarterback Zach Wasilewski.
Wasilewski, who entered the game with 178 yards and three TDs rushing in the first five games, had TD runs of 20, 20 and 57 yards in the final two quarters to double his season rushing total in 24 minutes.
HONORED: About 20 members of Danville's unbeaten 1962 team were honored on Friday night prior to Danville's Homecoming game with Jersey Shore, along with the team's head coach, Jay Livziey.
The team was recognized for the 50th anniversary of their 11-0 SVC championship team. The closest game for the Ironmen that season came when they edged Sunbury 14-13 in the season opener. The 11 wins that season was tied for the school record until the 2010 Danville team went 12-1.
Among the members of the 1962 team were two of Danville's five Big 33 players, Larry Rudy (1962) and Bob Marks (1963); Jack Curry, who was Penn State's all-time leading receiver after graduating from Penn State, and long-time college football coach Greg Williams.
NEARLY PERFECT: It's is impossible to play a perfect football, any coach will tell you that. Yet Danville came pretty darn close on Friday night.
Quarterback Weston Baylor completed just two passes, but both went for touchdowns, one to Bret Berg and one to Cale Rice.