Thursday, November 1, 2012

Behe, Lawhead could stay teammates after Penn Cambria

Should Penn Cambria beat Somerset on Saturday night, the Panthers will catapult into the eighth spot in the District 6 AA standings and qualify for the postseason.

Richland, who holds onto the top spot, defeated Penn Cambria in Week 8, but that doesn't mean the Rams would want to run into the Panthers in Week 11.

"It will be a second chance for all of us," said senior Devin Lawhead. "I think we'd be the best eighth seed anyone has seen in a while. I'm guessing most people think we're a lot better than an eighth seed."

Penn Cambria (5-4) isn't in the playoffs yet. While there postseason chances have yet to be solved, there's no denying Lawhead and fellow senior standout Mack Behe are nearing the end of standout varsity football careers.

The pair have been all-conference players and, in Behe's case, an all-state linebacker a year ago.

They've dominated in different ways.

"It's been great playing beside him," Behe said. "We're similar linebackers in a way, but we're both very different."

They're similar in that Behe and Lawhead are both team leaders. They play with high levels of energy and intensity. Both are disruptive defenses forces and solid against the run.

They're different in that Behe is a pass-rushing playmaker. Lawhead excels in pass coverage.

"We push each other and we back each other up," Lawhead said. "We're always waiting for the other one to make a play. It's been a privilege playing beside him."

Behe and Lawhead may get to keep playing together as several colleges are recruiting the pair.

St. Francis and Shippensburg are two of the more active pursuers. Towson and Youngstown State have also expressed interest.

"It's been real nice for both of us hearing from all these schools," Behe said. "We really haven't thought about playing college football together, but it would be good."

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