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Central vs. Mount Carmel 11/9/12


The Central Columbia Blue-Jays had quite the season...losing to only Mount Carmel, Southern, and Bloomsburg...three tough opponents who also moved on to the district playoffs. The Blue Jays had one more chance to beat Mount Carmel Friday night in a District 4 Class AA playoff game, and for the first half of the game they were able to stop the Red Tornados. But Mt. Carmel's defense also kept Central from putting any points on the board. In the end it was a shut out with Mount Carmel defeating Central 17-0. Friday night was the first time Central made it to a postseason game since 2004. The Blue Jays end their season with an impressive 7-4 record.

Central @ Bloomsburg 11/2/12


The Central Columbia Blue Jays battled it out with local rival Bloomsburg Friday night at Bloomsburg University's Redman Stadium. The Blue Jay defense had a hard time keeping the Bloomsburg Panther offense from finding each other in the endzone during the first half. Going into halftime down 27-6. Central's first half score came in the first quarter with a 76-yard pass from Jordan Thivierge to Dylan Hine. The team missed out on the extra points with a failed run. The team did a good job of keeping Bloomsburg from putting any points on the board in the third quarter...and Thivierge and Hine found each other once again for a 31-yard TD pass. In the end the Bloomsburg Panther's came out on top 34-12. Both teams move on to district playoffs this week.

Central Columbia @ Southern Columbia Friday October 26th


Central Columbia went into Friday night's game at Southern with a 7-1 record, losing only to Mount Carmel in week six. The defense kept Southern's offense from scoring in the first half giving Central the lead 7-0. In the second half Southern Columbia got short touchdown runs from Matt Lupold and Adam Feudale in the second half to beat Central Columbia 15-7. Central's record moves to 7-2 with the loss. The Blue Jays will play the final game of the regular season next week at Bloomsburg High School in the WHLM High School Football Game of the Week.

Central Columbia vs Lewisburg 10/19/12


Central Columbia and Lewisburg... contenders for both conference and District championships... both brought 6-1 records into our high school game of the week Friday night at Central. The game was delayed in the third quarter due to lighting across much of the area. The game eventually resumed and fiished in a 16-15 Central victory. Central travels to play Southern Columbia Friday night.

Central Columbia managed to get back on the winning track this week with a 14-6 victory over Central Mountain. Both defenses kept the game low scoring all game, with Central managing to get a win after a disappointing loss to Mount Carmel last week. A third quarter touchdown from Jordan Thivierge to Dylan Hine was the final score of the game, a 37 yard passing play to lock the game up. Central moves on to face Lewisburg at home next week.

Central Columbia struggled this week, getting handed their first loss by a dangerous Mount Carmel team looking to curb a losing streak. Mt. Carmel, missing their top rusher, turned to their Junior Quarterback Zack Wasilewski who ran for 182 yards and 3 touchdowns in their 34-14 victory over the Blue Jays. Mount Carmel’s defense who had struggled to keep points off the board, held the Central Offense to only 14 points. Central now 5-1, gets set to face Central Mountain this Friday on the road.

Central Columbia faced one of its toughest challenges this week while besting the Danville Ironmen 21-7. Jordan Thivierge was again successful in getting the ball to multiple targets for one touchdown and just shy of 200 yards to stay unbeaten so far. Turnovers were again a huge factor for Danville, seeing two drives halted by them. The 5-0 Blue Jays will travel to Mount Carmel to face a reeling Mount Carmel team on the road.

Central Columbia kept their undefeated season alive with a 21-8 victory over Milton this week. Defensive points were again important to the Blue Jays who sealed the game up with a long interception return by Cody Bowman. Jordan Thivierge added another touchdown through the air this week, on his way to racking up over 200 yards passing. The Blue Jays face off against undefeated Danville this week.

Central Columbia vs Loyalsock Friday September 14, 2012


Central Columbia is three for three this season. In Friday night's game they racked up 365 total yards and kept Loyalsock to only 132 in a 22-6 victory. Central's Dain Kowalski had a fourth quarter touchdown with his 63-yard run. Central will try to extend their winning streak at Milton Friday September 21st.

Central Columbia came out this Friday with another big win, this week over Montoursville. The game turned on a big play by Adam Novak right before halftime. With only a few seconds left and Central Columbia trailing 17-13. Novak intercepted the ball 2 yards deep in the Central Columbia end zone and took it 102 yards for the score as the first half expired. Central Columbia was able to overcome some lackluster offense, with their defense producing five turnovers in the 27-17 win. The Blue Jays advance to 2-0 with this victory and face Loyalsock, who is coming off of a loss to Danville this past week.

Central vs Hughesville, Friday August 31st


Before Friday night, Central Columbia hadn’t faced Hughesville since 2007 and hadn’t beaten them since 2004. In a season with heavy expectations, that meant this group of Blue Jay players had no bad memories to erase against their season-opening opponent, but they played as if they did anyway.

Central Columbia raced to a 31-0 halftime advantage en route to a 45-7 rout of the Spartans Friday night in the 2012 season opener. The running game generated 220 yards and quarterback Jordan Thivierge completed 11 of 15 throws while the defense limited Hughesville to 143 total yards.

The Blue Jays scored two touchdowns in a 21-second span in the second quarter to turn a 7-0 edge into a 21-0 spread. In 2010, when many of the players who are now part of Central Columbia’s experienced core got their feet wet, the Blue Jays scored two touchdowns in three of their 10 games.

The victory was the first for Central Columbia in a season opener since 2007 when they blanked Nanticoke, 40-0.

After ascending from 0-10 in 2010 to 3-7 in 2011, the Central Columbia football team is preparing to take the next step.


The Blue Jays, who return 15 starters and a number of other contributors from a season ago, are looking for their first postseason appearance since 2004. Third year coach Jason Hippenstiel, in his second stint leading the Central Columbia program, knows the kind of day-to-day commitment necessary to reach new heights.


“The old coachspeak is ‘we’ll take one game at a time,’” Hippenstiel said. “Let’s be honest. There’s a lot of talent on this team. We’ve had three years for these guys to understand the system. There’s no doubt expectations are much higher as we go into this season. Most people would think expectations are wins and losses. It’s more than that for me. It’s expectations that practices go perfectly. No screwing around, that the kids are ready to play every day at practice because that’s where we win football games.”


One of the reasons for optimism within the Blue Jays program is stability at quarterback. Senior Jordan Thivierge took over the starting job last season and showed flashes of potential, including throwing for 346 yards and three touchdowns against eventual District IV AA champion Mount Carmel. Hippenstiel believes Thivierge’s command of the offensive system is now catching up to his physical tools.


“His confidence level is through the roof right now,” Hippenstiel said. “He just has the knack, but learning the offense was the big thing.”


Sophomores Austin Farver and Steve Shannon will provide depth. In the backfield, senior Aaron Johnson and junior Dain Kowalski will each see time at running back. Senior fullback Eric McCracken returns and will be backed up by junior Cody Bowman and sophomore Frankie Tewell.


On the perimeter, the Blue Jays will feature three seniors all with experience. Dylan Hine led the team in 2011 with 24 receptions while Adam Novak paced the Blue Jays with three touchdown receptions. Jarrod Flick chipped in with seven catches. Senior Jesse Shannon and Farver will also see time at wide receiver.


Senior Nate Hughes returns at tight end. Newcomer Garratt Barratt, a 6’6” senior, and senior Garrett Sanders will also see time.


The offensive line brings back all five starters. Juniors Nick Rakauskas, at left tackle, Jake Klinger, at left guard and Tyler Young, at center, along with seniors Alex Shiber, at right guard, and Jace Parcell, at right tackle, are all back. With the development of junior Payton Aucker, Hippenstiel believes players will rotate in and out at a number of positions along the line to keep the group fresh.


Hippenstiel praised the offseason work of his team, noting the strength gains made by his linemen. The Blue Jays coach also said hard work up and down the roster has made this group a faster one, a change that will be apparent on the defensive side of the ball.


“We should have three guys at the point of attack instead of one, having to make that saving tackle,” Hippenstiel said. “We should have three guys there to make the play and that changes the game.”


Starting at the defensive ends in Central Columbia’s 4-4 alignment will be Shiber and Hughes. Klinger and Parcell will be the defensive tackles.


McCracken, a first-team all-conference pick in 2011, is back at inside linebacker. He will be joined by a mix of Bowman, Kowalski, Sanders and junior Austin Young. Hine returns at outside linebacker and the competition to fill the spot vacated by the graduated Andrew Hess is a four-player battle. Johnson, seniors Jeremy Ball and Tyler Johnson and sophomore Danny Koch are all getting a look.


Novak, a Heartland conference first-team selection a year ago, Flick and Jesse Shannon will man the cornerback position. Junior Luke Reichart has the inside track to start at safety.


Stability on special teams will be provided by Hine as the punter and kicker and from Flick in the return game.


Winning the special teams aspect of the game was one of the keys highlighted by Hippenstiel. While the coach is happy with the physical gains made by his players in the offseason, Hippenstiel sees the mental leap from 3-7 to a playoff contender as just as critical.


“This group needs to understand that nothing is given to them,” Hippenstiel said. “I would be surprised if they didn’t understand it, but I’m going to hammer it home.”


If the message hits home, Hippenstiel believes this team could accomplish even more than just earning a playoff berth.


“The sky’s the limit with this group,” Hippenstiel said. “Obviously, from the outside looking in, a lot of people say, if we made it to the playoffs, that’d be miraculous, just because of what we’ve been through. But I’m not sure this group’s thinking that. I don’t think they’re happy if we’re not in the title contention of some sort, whether it be league, district, state. I really think this group has plans to go further.”


Central Columbia begins their 2012 schedule at 7 p.m., Friday, August 31, at home against Hughesville.


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