The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

East Juniata News Wire

September 26, 2013

GAME NIGHT: Small schools have big goals


Nothing less than your best

The level of play that is presented on the field each week is at some of the highest levels of athleticism around.

“It is really tough as you have these small teams and we live in a small area and football is all that we have,” Cole Barnhardt of Williams Valley said. “We’re all friends with each other and when we’re on the football field, it’s a whole different story. You go from liking them and they can be your best friend to be your enemy and you have to leave it all out on the field, nothing less.”

Todd Rothermel has experienced the game from both the field and as a player at Line Mountain to the head coach for the Eagles and now the Newport Buffaloes.

“You have to bring your A-game every Friday night because everybody is so competitive,” he said. “Even if you don’t have the most talented team, your opponent is going to show up ready to play. Anywhere from the top to the bottom of the league, anybody can beat anybody, it depends on how motivated the teams are at the time.”

And nowhere for small-school football will you find a stronger heartbeat than in the TVL. Football is a game of will —  your will against theirs — and to perform at a high athletic level week in and week out, it all begins with heart.

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