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More from tiny Clymer's big start

Clymer picked a nice time for its first shutout of the season.

The Pirates moved to 5-0 and took over sole possession of first place in Class D with a 33-0 win over Forestville.

"On defense we played very well," said Clymer first-year coach Marc Heiser. "Forestville has been putting up big numbers and we held them to 87 yards of total offense. They run a shotgun option and he shut it right down."

Clymer limited Forestville to 45 yards rushing and 42 through the air thanks to a defense led by Josh Ferl (16 tackles) and Nick Lombardozzi (three sacks).

"We have some really good athletes right now and we're blessed to have them," Heiser said. "We have some good size for a real small school, some speed, and some good amount of brains so they can handle a different defensive game plan each week. They can handle it and pick it up."

Dan Wiggers completed 5 of 11 passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns while Nick Heil and Andy Bemis both ran for over 130 yards.

The win put Clymer in position to earn the top seed in Class D, which is the smaller of two divisions within Class D. Class DD includes the larger schools within the overall 'D' classification. It's the only one of Section VI's five classes which split its divisions by size rather than geography. (Sidenote: Can Section VI come up with a better name for the two divisions so it's less confusing? D-1 and D-2 like the basketball classes maybe?)

So while Clymer is undefeated, it still looks up to several schools in the larger DD classification. The two divisions cross over in the postseason.

"You don't want to say anything bad about your own league, but there's a difference between the big Ds and the little Ds," said Heiser. "A lot of weeks, we haven't played our starters in the second half. ... You've got to get these guys time, because you know things are going to be different once we hit the big Ds.

"We've been hitting goals all year long, No. 1 is we tell our guys to beat that team in front of you, but in the back of your mind, we want to try and end the season as one of the top teams and a shot at one of the big guys."

Heiser was at Sherman for 12 years, including six as head coach. He's been back at Clymer for four years as an assistant -- it's been a homecoming for Heiser, a 1988 graduate of Clymer who played for longtime coach Howard McMullin.

"Howard was out there at the game [Saturday]," said Heiser. "I never thought in a million years I'd be coaching and he'd be there helping me on the sidelines."

---Keith McShea

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