|Millersburg is the fourth seed and the Tide's likely first round opponent.|
The Indians, coached by rookie coach Steve Boyer, are the defending District 3 Class A state champs and play in the Twin Valley League, which is in the northern part of Dauphin and Juniata counties. The only teams outside of the TVL, M-Burg has played are Big Spring, Pine Grove and this week's game against Nativity.
The team's losses this year were to Pine Grove (35-0), Line Mountain (14-12) and Tri-Valley (34-0).
Millersburg returns three starters on offense and five on defense from a team that went 10-4 in 2009 and played in the state playoffs.
There is no history between the Tide and Millersburg, although the Tide played Halifax in 2003 playoffs
M-Burg runs the Navy spread offense and its leader is quarterback Josh Howard, who rushed for three scores and 169 yards last week in a 20-12 win over Halifax. Howard leads the team in rushing with 609 yards on 128 carries and 11 scores. Passing, he has completed 35 of 74 passes for 591 yards and five scores. He's been picked off seven times.
Other backs are James Miller (77-630) and Laumount Mills (42-197).
When M-Burg throws, the top receivers are Logan Brosius (12-237) and Miller (12-203), along with Cole Boyer (5-126).
Up front, the leaders are Preston Minnich (5-11, 230), Hunter Green (5-11, 215) and Tyler Etzweiler (6-2, 220).
On defense, the lone returning line starter is Etzweiler, while Miller, Mills, Dawson Schlegel and Travis Lamereaux are linebackers. Howard, Brosius and Boyer made up the defensive backfield.
M-Burg 25, Big Spring 12
M-Burg 53, Newport 20
Pine Grove 35, M-Burg 0
M-Burg 35, Williams Valley 22
Line Mountain 14, M-Burg 12
M-Burg 35, East Juniata 14
Tri-Valley 34, M-Burg 0
M-Burg 40, Upper Dauphin 0
M-Burg 20, Halifax 12
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