The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Harold Raker

September 28, 2012

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Reunion night in Valley

It will finally happen.

In the 29th season of his storied head coaching career, Southern Columbia's Jim Roth will coach against one of his ex-players tonight when former Tigers star fullback Jay Drumheller brings his undefeated Muncy Indians to Tiger Stadium to take on his undefeated alma mater.

Roth has coached against teams that had former players as assistant coaches -- in fact another former Tiger, lineman Mark Kreisher, a 1999 graduate, is Muncy's offensive line coach.

Drumheller ran for 4,111 yards, still fourth-best in school history (his 42 touchdowns rank sixth), culminating in the 1983 season when the senior helped the Tigers win the first major football championship for a school that just a few years prior had considered dropping the sport in favor of soccer.

Roth said, "It's nice to see guys go on and get involved in coaching. When people ask me, because of all the years I've been doing this, what the difference is today compared to years ago, I say there are fewer and fewer kids that are highly committed to the sport and become very dedicated and have that heart and desire that propels them to go on and play at the next level and maybe get involved in coaching.

"It is nice to see (the Indians) having success. Obviously they are doing well this year at 4-0."

Drumheller spent two years at Shikellamy -- one with the junior high and one with the varsity under head coach Larry Richardson -- before moving on to Muncy. There he was an assistant for head coach Bob Wolfe for two years, then 16 more with head coach Scott McLean. Drumheller moved up to the head coach position last year after McLean retired.

"This is a homecoming for me. It is neat coming back and seeing people I know." He said in his previous visits (as an assistant), people came up to him and welcomed him back, but smiled and told him they would not be rooting for him.

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