The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 17, 2013

Millersburg looks to get back on track

By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item

— NEWPORT — After starting the season at 2-2, the Millersburg Indians have dropped three straight.

And it’s not been from a lack of trying.

“One of the things that I have said and it’s not an excuse for us, we are a young football team, but, they rallied against Tri-Valley and with a young team, they have a lack of consistency. As good as our effort was, equally, we were not as good against Juniata,” coach Brad Hatter said.

The Indians (2-5, 2-4 TVL) put up 28 points against one-loss Tri-Valley as it was the third time they had scored 20 or more points in a game. They are 2-1 when scoring 20 or more points this season.

There are three games left in the season for Millersburg; Friday at Newport, East Juniata on Oct. 25 and at Upper Dauphin on Nov. 1.

“I told the kids it’s a three-game season and I’d like to see more consistency and effort week in and week out,” Hatter said. “As a coach by this week in the season, you should know what to expect from your team, but, right now I don’t see that and we’ll just have to see how things go.”

Hatter went on to say that the mind-set for the team is to go 10-0 each year, but realistically, with the young kids, you have to be realistic about it.

“You want to see the kids give you a maximum effort week in and week out and that makes it a little easier to live with results of the game.” Hatter said. “If you don’t give a maximum effort and get beat by 50 points, it’s a little tougher to swallow.”

With the heavy rains last Friday pushing the Newport game to Monday, Hatter and his staff had a chance to scout the Buffaloes in person.

“We saw that they were OK against Upper Dauphin and they have a good team that has a crisp running game and they also like to pass the ball,” Hatter said. “That will give our secondary a good test and we have to be ready to come out and play well on Friday.”

Hatter is still looking for a full 48-minute effort and attention to detail from his team.

Newport (4-3. 3-3 TVL) dropped a late decision on Monday to Upper Dauphin 26-21 after having won three straight.