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Central Mountain Football in a Nutshell

Written by: on Thursday, August 30th, 2012

During the 2011 season, first-year head coach Vinnie Kishbaugh saw his team struggle to a 3-7 record with wins over Central-Martinsburg, Bellefonte and Jersey Shore.

Although still struggling with the numbers game, Kishbaugh is counting on a handful of talented seniors to carry the 2012 squad to bigger and better things despite facing a “beefed up” schedule.

Here is a closer look at the Wildcats:

Head Coach: Vinnie Kishbaugh

District: 6

Class: AAAA

League: Independent

2012 Central Mountain Wildcat Football Schedule

8/31 @ Williamsport Millionaires 7:00 pm

9/07 State College Area Little Lions 7:00 pm

9/14 Mifflin County Huskies 7:00 pm

9/21 @ Bellefonte Red Raiders* 7:00 pm

9/28 @ Clearfield Area Bison* 7:00 pm

10/05 @ Huntingdon Area Bearcats 7:00 pm

10/12 Central Columbia Blue Jays 7:00 pm

10/19 @ Tyrone Golden Eagles 7:00 pm

10/26 Athens Wildcats 7:00 pm

11/02 Jersey Shore Bulldogs 7:00 pm

Kishbaugh on Pre-Season Camp

“I think this year’s camp has gone really well and the kids adjusted well to the intensity of camp,” said Kishbaugh. “I think that is a difference of the kids having a whole year to adjust to our program. Having the defense for the second year, the kids have a better understanding of what we need to do. Kids like Tyler Pavalko and Cole Renninger are really jelling into the secondary and they look like veterans back there.

“Offensively, Von (Walker) is doing some great things at quarterback as well as running back and we have Travis Turchetta at quarterback and he is doing a good job of picking up reads in the secondary. I think we are much further ahead at the end of week two this year than we were last year.”

Scrimmage

“We scrimmaged Berwick at the end of the first week and it was good for the kids to see talent like that,” said Kishbaugh who played under George Curry at Berwick. “They have big offensive linemen and two kids at tight end who are both D-I prospects. Our kids did a good job of playing physical with them and if we had some trouble, it was in the secondary, coverage wise, because they ran a lot of trips against us and that wasn’t anything we had practiced against so it took us a little while to adjust to that.”

Returning from the off-season

“Last year, when we did our pre-season conditioning tests, we had somewhere around twenty kids not make it, but this year, there were only two who came up short. We had workouts two days a week with the kids and then we gave the kids a program for two days a week that they could follow on their own. When I told the coaches what my conditioning expectations were, they thought I was crazy. These kids are in good condition, they understand the importance of it and they also understand my philosophy on it as well and it shows. When you only have 38 kids on the field, every single one of them has to be able to contribute and if you aren’t in shape, you aren’t going to be able to do that.”

The Numbers Game

“We started out with 43 kids and it only took one practice of head acclimation for a number of them to realize that this isn’t for them and they left,” said Kishbaugh. “Right now we are working with 39 kids which is up a little bit from last year when at the end of the season, we only dressed something like 28 kids. The one thing that has us feeling good is that we feel that we have the right 38 kids. It is going to take some success to grow numbers, but without a doubt, right now we have the right kids in the right spots to begin the 2012 season. I think we’ll definitely see some improvement this year.”

The Schedule

“We are playing as an independent this year,” Kishbaugh said. “We would like to see ourselves moving into the Heartland Conference like the way Williamsport plays down in the Wilkes-Barre area. Going into that conference playing the Selinsgrove‘s, the Danville’s, Shikellamy and those teams would if nothing else, make it a lot easier for us to travel. This year our schedule is difficult. We open with Williamsport, State College and then Mifflin County. Then when you throw in Tyrone and Clearfield it means there are not a lot of easy games on our schedule. Jersey Shore is always a big rival game for us and Central Columbia returns just about everybody. Add to that fact that when you are a Quad-A school, you are always going to get the best effort from everybody you play.”

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