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Football notebook - Weekly poll shows some movement

September 23, 1999|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

After three weeks at a virtual stand-still, there's finally been some movement in The Herald-Mail Super 7 football poll.

But the movement has come in some strange ways.

Chambersburg takes over the No. 1 spot with a win over area rival Waynesboro. The Trojans' first three wins have come against non-conference opponents. But following its Mid Penn Commonwealth opener at Cedar Cliff tonight, Chambersburg faces league powerhouses Bishop McDevitt, Cumberland Valley and Central Dauphin over the next four weeks.

Some down year for Middletown. Word at the beginning of the season was that this was the year the Knights would be vulnerable in the MVAL.

Instead, Middletown has posted three shutouts and moved up to No. 2 this week. The Knights are at Williamsport tonight before next week's battle with Brunswick.

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Musselman suffered its first regular season loss since 1997 last Friday at Loudoun County. Quarterback Todd Mosby threw three interceptions as the Applemen dropped to No. 3.

Martinsburg was idle but moved up to No. 4. The Bulldogs play winless Hedgesville tonight.

Walkersville needed a 90-yard kickoff from Dustin Brashears to beat upstart Smithsburg 13-6 last Friday. The Lions fell to No. 5.

Brunswick held steady at No. 6 with a 20-13 win over Williamsport.

Thomas Johnson enters at No. 7 this week after holding defending Class 3A champ Friendly scoreless for three quarters Saturday. The Patriots begin Central Maryland Conference play tonight against Westminster.

Williamsport drops out of the poll with the loss to Brunswick, while Smithsburg received votes following two shutouts and a strong outing against Walkersville.

HAVING A BALL

The Hancock football team knew coach Bill Sterner waited a long time for this moment.

So the Panthers made sure he didn't have to wait a second longer.

Shortly after defeating Bishop Walsh 20-8 last Friday, the Panthers tried everything possible to celebrate Sterner's first head coaching victory.

They tried three times to dump the obligatory water cooler over the coach's head. He intercepted it.

Then, after a couple minutes of the Panther seniors interrupted Sterner during his interview. They wanted to give him the game ball.

"Coach, we decided we wanted you to have this."

Sterner choked up, so did the players. It was that kind of moment.

"This means everything," Sterner said as he looked at the ball. "I coached for 10 years with Jeff Bailey and got a couple of game balls for being the defensive coordinator. The kids believe in the program and the coaches ... this means everything."

QUICK ... CALL SECURITY

So, just why were those casually-dressed guys wearing the dark sunglasses playing tennis behind the St. James School's football field Saturday afternoon?

Well, rumor has it they were part of the security team involved with protecting Vice President Al Gore, his wife, Tipper, and their son, Al Jr., during the Sidwell Friends-St. James game. Security, while trying to blend in, were all over the campus last Saturday as Sidwell defeated St. James, 50-13.

When the rumor broke during the first half that Gore might be coming to watch his son, one could spot several gentlemen, dressed casually and wearing those "Men In Black" sunglasses.

The vice president and his wife watched their son, like any other parents, in the visiting stands and clapped when Sidwell did well, and sat quietly during St. James' best moments.

Staff writers Bob Parasiliti and Al Ditzel contributed to this week's notebook.

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