The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Harold Raker

September 6, 2012

Harold Raker's First and Ten: More questions than answers



Harold Raker’s football picks

Trinity at Selinsgrove — The win over Mifflinburg was just what the Seals needed after last year’s awful season. But the Shamrocks are much more offensive, in a good way. Trinity 28, Selinsgrove 10.  

Mifflinburg at Shikellamy — The injury-riddled Wildcats will have to win with defense, but the Braves showed, against a tough Mount Carmel defense, that they can move the ball and score. Shikellamy 17, Mifflinburg 7.

Montgomery at Southern Columbia — Stat people best have lots of pens, or pencils, to write down all of the Southern players who will handle the ball tonight. Southern 61, Montgomery 6.

Mount Carmel at Lewisburg — Expect the unexpected in this battle of District 4 powers, and don’t plan to leave early. Mount Carmel 21, Lewisburg 20.  

Shamokin at Jersey Shore — After playing a good Class AAA team tough, the Indians are ready to begin a trip they hope will take them back to the playoffs. Shamokin 21, Jersey Shore 13.

Warrior Run at Milton — They don’t always play in the Tomato Bowl, but when they do, it is a special game for the fans in the Turbotville, Watsontown, New Columbia and Milton area (among others). Milton 28, Warrior Run 14.

Danville at Loyalsock — It’s a new era in Loyalsock Township with former Lancer standout Justin Van Fleet at the helm. Danville 21, Loyalsock, 14.

East Juniata at Halifax — A win over a playoff team from the previous year should do wonders to the confidence of the Tigers and new coach Simon Cameron. East Juniata 20, Halifax 8.

Williams Valley at Upper Dauphin — It certainly looks like those predicting a championship for the Vikings, including first-year coach Tim Savage, might be onto something. Williams Valley 42, Upper Dauphin 14.

Millersburg at Line Mountain — Arriving early might be a good idea for this backyard brawl of two rivals who both opened with wins. Line Mountain 34, Millersburg 19.

Hughesville at Bloomsburg — It’s hard to imagine the Panthers opening at 0-2, but stranger things have happened. Bloomsburg 14, Hughesville 13.

Montoursville at Central Columbia — Jason Hippenstiel’s restoration project at Central is well under way, but these Warriors look like the real deal. Montoursville 21, Central 19.

Elsewhere: Athens over North Penn-Blossburg; Hughesville over Bloomsburg; South Williamsport over Canton; Montoursville over Central Columbia; Greater Nanticoke over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech; Muncy over Cowanesque Valley; Sayre over Wyalusing; Towanda over Binghamton (N.Y.); Troy over Wellsboro; Mifflin County over Williamsport; Delaware County Christian over Carson Long; Pine Grove over Newport; North Schuylkill over Minersville; Berwick over Pottsville; and Tri-Valley over Juniatal.

Last week: 17-11, .606.



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