The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Mifflinburg News Wire

October 7, 2012

HS Football Notebook: Running QB helps Mount Carmel end slide

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In addition, the Ironmen did not commit a turnover and also did not a commit a penalty in their HAC-I victory over Jersey Shore.

FAST FRESHMAN: Selinsgrove freshman tailback Juvon Batts has surprised and flustered opposing defensive coordinators with his electrifying runs as well as kick and punt returns.

It didn't take the Southern Columbia brain trust long Friday night to realize that, if they allowed Batts to continue what he was doing early in the game, they could have a difficult time putting the Seals away.

With Batts hauling the pigskin on kicks and punts, the Seals usually started their offense in good field position.

It was kick returns by the 5-foot-6, 156-pound Batts that helped set up the Seals' first two touchdowns as Selinsgrove was matching the unbeaten Tigers touchdown for touchdown.

He returned the first kickoff, after Southern's first TD, from the 3-yard line to the 35 where he was tackled by fellow freshman Blake Marks, possibly preventing Batts from taking it to the house.

On the ensuing scoring drive, Batts picked up 30 yards on six carries, including an exciting 15-yard gain when he seemed trapped in the backfield, but juked a would-be tackler and another where he spun out of a tackle in the backfield and picked up 13. Southern's Joe Kleman made a TD-saving tackle at the Tigers' 6. The Seals scored on the first of two senior fullback Mike Walter TDs to tie it at 7-7.

Southern went back on top 14-7 on the next series, but the Seals, again helped by Batts, tied it at 14-all, on a 5-yard run by sophomore fullback Zach Adams. This time, Batts took the Luke Rarig kickoff at his own 1, headed upfield and toward the left sideline, then back to the center and was again one defender short of a 99-yard TD run. This time Nate Hunter made the saving tackle at the Southern 37.

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