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2011 Small School Coach of the Year: Bill Packer, Penns Manor

Written by: on Thursday, December 29th, 2011


Penns Manor did something in 2011 no Heritage Conference football rep had done since the United Lions in 1998 – and that was claim a District 6 football championship.

The Comets claimed their first district football championship in school history and won a school-record 12 games, reaching the PIAA Class A semifinals opposite Southern Columbia. With the semifinal berth, the Comets became the first Heritage Conference team since the 1993 Laurel Valley Rams to reach that juncture of the season.

Packer has helped guide Penns Manor to a record of 30 wins against four losses over the last three seasons, and the Comets reached the 2009 D6 A semis with a 10-win mark. Packer was also named the Pennsylvania Sportswriters’ Class A Coach of the Year for the team’s 2011 efforts.

The Comets averaged 282.3 rush yards, 58.6 pass yards and 28.7 points per game, keyed by an offensive line (including the tight end) with five underclassmen which helped to pave the way for a 2,000-yard rusher (Danny Ferens) and 1,060-yard rusher (Joey Vodopevic), the fifth known backfield duo with a 2,000/1,000 set of rushers since 2004 and sixth since 1998.

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