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By Michel Boytim

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The Friday night lights will be back in Williamsburg this Friday when Claysburg-Kimmel hits the Juniata Valley — sort of.

The Green Hornets, who are in a co-op with Williamsburg that started last season and were successful enough to help the team advance to the District 6 Class 1A Finals and hold an 11-point lead over the eventual state champion Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic in the fourth quarter, gave up a home game at AR Simkins Field in Alexandria to play this one at the former home of the Blue Pirates at 7 p.m.

“I think the feeling is that everyone as a team can show how much they love being with each other,” Juniata Valley coach Bill Musser said. “We will play for each other, and hopefully we will play to win for each other.”

The last time Juniata Valley played in Williamsburg was not a good night for the Green Hornets, who lost to Williamsburg 14-9 on September 18, 2020. The Blue Pirates qualified for the playoffs and won a playoff game. that year before being forced to stop their football program the following summer due to low numbers.

Williamsburg and Juniata Valley merged just before the 2021 season and took the top seed from last year’s Class 1A playoffs.

This year, the Green Hornets have lost back-to-back games to Curwensville and Southern Huntingdon and are tied with Claysburg-Kimmel at 1-2.

“We need to be more consistent both offensively and defensively” Musser said. “Offensively we need to be more consistent with our missions to maintain some practice, and defensively we can’t run out of tackles and expect to stop the other team.”

The Bulldogs got a lot of production from running back Cole Claycomb, who has made up the majority of the team’s offense this year.

“Claycomb is quite dynamic, and when their quarterback has time, he can throw the ball well,” Musser said. “They are aggressive in defense. We cannot allow them to have too much penetration and be too aggressive towards us.

CK coach Matt Bilchak hopes to take advantage of teams that focus on slowing down Claycomb.

“Hopefully as key teams on one guy they leave other things open,” said Bilchak. “We want to be able to enjoy those with our other playmakers. We need other guys to step in. We ask them to do the same things we ask Cole to do, it’s just a matter of execution.

The Bulldogs have been hurt by turnovers, including seven interceptions in just three games.

“For us, we have to play regularly” said Bilchak. “Our margin for error is very slim, because we play at bigger schools, and we have to play error-free football and can’t turn it around and stop when we need to. When you have little nervous breakdowns, the other teams charge us, we have to be able to stay on track.

The game is critical for Juniata Valley if he plans to get back on the playoff path.

“Our goals are to be competitive week after week and get into the playoffs and make some noise,” Musser said. “It’s a step in the process. The children understand that we are not completely out of season and we can still work to get back in season.

and when their quarterback has time, he can throw the ball well,said Musser. “They are aggressive in defense. We cannot allow them to have too much penetration and be too aggressive towards us.

CK coach Matt Bilchak hopes to take advantage of teams that focus on slowing down Claycomb.

“Hopefully as key teams on one guy they leave other things open,” said Bilchak. “We want to be able to enjoy those with our other playmakers. We need other guys to step in. We ask them to do the same things we ask Cole to do, it’s just a matter of execution.

The Bulldogs have been hurt by turnovers, including seven interceptions in just three games.

“For us, we have to play regularly” said Bilchak. “Our margin for error is very slim, because we play at bigger schools, and we have to play error-free football and can’t turn it around and stop when we need to. When you have little nervous breakdowns, the other teams charge us, we have to be able to stay on track.

The game is essential for Juniata Valley if he plans to get back on the playoff path.

“Our goals are to be competitive week after week and get into the playoffs and make some noise,” Musser said. “It’s a step in the process. The children understand that we are not completely out of season and we can still work to get back in season.

“We’re basically going to have three communities there,” said Williamsburg athletic director Jeff Detwiler. “The city is really looking forward to this, because I don’t know when it can happen again. This is an opportunity for these children to shine in front of their hometown. I really think we’re going to have a strong performance from the Williamsburg community. I’m really excited for it, and I think the city is too.



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