SHAMOKIN - Alex Jackson wandered through snow-covered Kemp Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon and offered encouragement to his dejected players - some on one knee with heads buried in hands and others sobbing. Words were difficult to muster, but the coach showed strength similar to what his team displayed for 48 minutes against the top-ranked Class AA team in the state.
Travis Chesla, Colin Eby, Dakota Roof, and Aaron Lamphere lead the 2009 NTL All-Star Selections.
LEWISBURG - One play after splitting two defenders and connecting with Frankie Pagana on a 32 yard completion, Loyalsock quarterback Stephen Stopper dropped back again and looked for his dependable receiver.
HUGHESVILLE - Ten weeks ago, Loyalsock failed to score any points despite invading Hughesville territory seven times and lost, 21-0.
TOWANDA - Todd Tilford never envisioned this chapter of Lewisburg's football season.
SHENANDOAH - Forty-eight minutes of football erased more than a year of frustration and heartbreak for the Shenandoah Valley football program Friday night.
LEWISBURG - When Nate Brown started talking about a recurring theme at Lewisburg, an eavesdropper probably thought he meant the Green Dragons winning, something they have done six straight times.
CANTON - It took very little time to see what Shenandoah Valley's game plan was in Saturday's Eastern Conference playoff game at Canton.
SHAMOKIN - Scott McLean hopes his team learned a lesson following Muncy High School's 21-14 Eastern Conference Class A Semifinal victory over Lourdes Friday at Leo A. Mulhall Stadium.
TOWANDA - The Towanda Black Knights broke open a close game in the final minute of the first half and completely shut down the Troy Trojans after the intermission to post a 35-7 victory in the first round of the District 4, Class AA football playoffs Friday night. The top-seeded Knights ran their record to 11-0 and set up a second round meeting on home turf next weekend against the winner of Saturday afternoon's matchup between Montoursville and Lewisburg.
DANVILLE - Loyalsock's Stephen Stopper still returns kicks and shows signs that made him one of the elite running backs in the area during the first part of the high school football season.
HUGHESVILLE - Blaine Johnson remembers his freshman year when he and his teammates set out an ambitious path they hoped would end with a memorable senior campaign.
MANDATA - Line Mountain took care of business early Friday, thanks in large part to Joey Hukill, and set up another District 4 Class A championship date with Southern Columbia with a 46-0 romp over Montgomery at Eagle Stadium, but the win may have come with a big price.
Loyalsock entered Friday night knowing what was at stake, even if its head coach tried to channel his best Joe Paterno throughout the week. A win guaranteed the Lancers a berth into the District 4 Class AA playoffs, while a loss left them scrambling in search of scores from teams behind them in the district standings.
MONTGOMERY - The players heard Randy Boone's message so many times it became a mantra.