The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

September 19, 2013

Milton, Central Columbia set for clash

By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item

— ALMEDIA — After blowing an 11-point fourth-quarter lead against Mifflinburg last week with four minutes left in the game, Milton  coach George Goodwin said his kids are ready to play Central Columbia this week.

Goodwin is taking the full blame for last week’s 38-34 loss.

“That was the most disappointing loss that I have ever had,” Goodwin said. “I take complete responsibility for some of the play calls on offense. These kids are resilient. They are not reeling as much as the coaching staff is.”

Goodwin said that team realizes its potential and that the kids are ready to take the next step.

“It is encouraging that these 17- and 18-year-olds can come back and be ready to play again after a tough loss and go out and get a win over a tough Central team.”

Heading into Week 4 of the season, Goodwin noted his team has had its chances to win more games this year.

“I think we have made progress on both sides of the ball,” he said. “The kids have really responded and have done a great job of implementing our game plan on a weekly basis.”

Goodwin’s concern with this week’s road game at Central, a HAC crossover game, is size,

“They have some big kids and a big running back,” he said. “On film, they show a read zone scheme and it looks like they have a two-quarterback system,” he said. “Austin Farver distributes the ball very well and Steve Shannon seems to be quicker. We’ll have to account for them on the field.”

Goodwin also noted the play of the inside linebackers.

“They have some talent there and they are still running the Jason Hippenstiel (head coach) 4-4 defense and they are a well-coached team.”

For the first time this season, the kids at Central won’t have to get on the bus to play a game.

“We’ve been on the road since our first scrimmage and I know the kids are looking forward to not getting on the big yellow thing this week,” Hippenstiel said. “Friday is going to be a special night for us with the first game in the stadium with the new renovations.”

At 2-1, the Blue Jays’ only concern coming into Friday’s game is the kicking game.

“We’ve been real inconsistent in that aspect of the game this year,” Hippenstiel said. “Cory Bowman is doing really good for us with punts, but it’s the kickoffs and extra points where we have concerns.”

Heading into camp back in August, Hippenstiel was looking to find answers on where to fill the voids due to graduation.

“We are starting to play into experience,” he said. “We’ve had some up and downs, but we were more consistent last week against Loyalsock. Our guys finally executed the game plan on both sides of the ball on Friday night, I was really happy with that.”

Even at 1-2, Hippenstiel knows that he’ll get a dog fight from Milton (1-2).

“Anytime you play a George Goodwin-coached team, it’s going to be a physical game,” he said. “George prides himself on having a physical team and, on film, they played pretty well in all three games.”

Last year’s game was in doubt until a late-game interception by Bowman sealed the win for Central.

“Milton’s offense starts with (quarterback) Brady Chappell and I really like that kid,” he said. “Jayson English is a tough nut and Travis Krall is one of the better linemen that we will see this year. They have a lot of talent at Milton.”