FOOTBALL FRIDAY: Line Mountain to meet Juniata
MANDATA - Two tasks, intertwined as they are, face Line Mountain this week when Juniata comes to town for a Tri-Valley League matchup.
First, the Eagles have to figure out a way to rebound from their first loss of the season, a 28-26 TVL setback to Millersburg in which the Eagles outgained the Indians by more than 260 yards yet still came up short on the scoreboard.
Second, they have to prepare for two different Juniata teams. ... One with Neil Bodley, arguably the league's premier player, and one without.
As a junior last season. the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Bodley rushed for a Juniata High School record 1,569 yards and 24 touchdowns on 175 rushes. He's big, strong, fast and a nightmare for defenses.
But Bodley has just one carry through the Indians' first two games. He injured a hamstring early in Juniata's opening-night loss to Penns Valley, missed the remainder of that game then missed all of a Week 2 loss to Tri-Valley.
With him healthy, Juniata figured to be the team to beat in the league. His status for this week's game remains unknown.
With Bodley on the sidelines, the Indians' offense hasn't been the same. Senior Joshua Newcamp (5-10, 200) has been the leading ground gainer through two games with 111 yards. Junior Ty Treaster (5-8, 177) has added to that with 102 yards and three touchdowns.
Freshman quarterback Tyler Clark has thrown for 160 yards and a touchdown.
Clark's favorite targets through the first two games have been Treaster and Newcamp out of the backfield, and wideout Chad Eberle, a 5-7, 145-pound senior.
Treaster leads with five catches for 59 yards, while Eberle has four for 49 yards and Newcamp has four for 33.
Line Mountain's offense has relied upon, and likley will continue to, the considerable talents of 5-11, 230-pound senior fullback Cory Warford. Warford, the area's rushing leader, had 18 carries for 200 yards and three touchdowns in an opening-night victory over Phillipsburg-Osceola, then added 231 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in the loss to Millersburg.
He's been the anchor on a young team that has only four seniors and starts plenty of sophomores and at least one freshman.
Junior quarterback Ryan Reed also had a solid game on the ground in the loss to Millersburg, rushing for 128 yards and a touchdown on 21 rushes.