By Harold Raker
The Daily Item
BETHLEHEM -- The last time Selinsgrove faced Allentown Central Catholic, as the Seals were on their way to winning the 2009 Class AAA state title, they had to stop one of the state's top quarterbacks, then freshman Brendan Nosovitch.
When the two teams square off for the first time since that game, at 7 p.m. Friday at Fred Banko Stadium at Liberty High School, in the PIAA quarterfinals, the Seals will see another great player -- but this time, he is a running back.
Selinsgrove's stout defense (five shutouts, three in the playoffs) will be charged with slowing down senior Colin McDermott. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound back has rushed for 2,742 yards and a whopping 35 touchdowns this season.
Selinsgrove coach Dave Hess, noting that the previous Vikings squads ran the spread and threw the ball around, said, "They still have a basic spread offense, but what I see is that the quarterback (senior Anthony Beck) is not featured as much as he had been. It's more their tailback, who is tremendous."
Hess said of McDermott, "The kid is an unbelievable talent. He is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He is one of those guys who sees the field well and he can cut back and it comes so naturally for him. He is very elusive; he has great acceleration."
Asked to compare him with any back the Seals (10-3) have faced this year, Hess mentioned Trinity's Adam Geiger, who they played in Week 2.
"Not only is (McDermott) shifty and elusive, but oh, my goodness, he's got such balance; he can put a hand down on the turf and re-accelerate. You've got to make sure you tackle the kid," Hess said.
Vikings coach John Cupples said McDermott "has great vision and great footwork."