Football frenzy

JERSEY SHORE — Last year, the inaugural Central Mountain vs. Jersey Shore Alumni football game at Don Malinak Stadium in Mill Hall was a huge success.

This year, the schools are planning a sequel of sorts, another game in the storied rivalry between the two schools. For 2018, the competition will take place at Jersey Shore’s football stadium on Thompson Street.

The game, planned for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, will involve full contact, full pads, big plays, and big hits.

“We are trying to get as many alumni involved as possible,” said Chris Kutza, who is involved in the arrangements for the Jersey Shore team.

“Not only football players, but we would like to include alumni cheerleaders as well. Unfortunately, we were not able to get the band because they have a prior commitment. But if any alumni band members are out there and want to get involved we would welcome that,” Kutza said.

The cost of tickets will be $10 at the gate, and will be made available for pre-sale at Kutza’s Kitchen, 318 Wilson St., Jersey Shore.

“One team will consist entirely of former Jersey Shore Area High School students. The other team will have alumni from Central Mountain, along with former students from Bald Eagle and Bellefonte area,” Kutza said.

Ticket sales and profit from all food and concession items will benefit the Jersey Shore High School baseball program.

“We would like to raise money for the baseball program because they have backed us, and they have helped us to get the go-ahead to use the football field for this event,” he said.

Kutza says that the organization is considering some other ideas as far as fundraisers, but they are still working on finalizing some of the details for the game.

According to organizers, $5 of each pre-sold ticket will go directly to a fund for Shore baseball boosters.

Anyone interested in participating in the full contact football game should go to www.alumnifootballusa.com to register, or should contact Chris directly at 570-506-7237.

“Age, as far as who can sign up and contribute, I would say would be anyone from 20 to 40 years old. We just brought a guy onto the Jersey Shore team, he graduated in 1989. We’re looking to have some fun out there,” he said.

Last year, the Wildcat grads took the contest, defeating the Jersey Shore Bulldogs by a score of 22-13.

In that game, ex-Bald Eagle Nittany quarterback Shawn Weaver (Class of 1997) was named Most Valuable Player after throwing two first-half touchdowns for the Central Mountain team, along with two, 2-point conversions.

Tailback Ryan Maggs, CM grad from 2007, also chipped in a first-half touchdown, opening up a 22-0 lead before the break.

The Jersey Shore team stormed back with two second-half touchdowns by quarterback Logan English (Class of 2015) and tailback Josh Rogers (Class of 2017), each a 5-yard plunge into the end zone.

But it was not enough to overcome the heroics of Weaver, who teaches at Jersey Shore Area High School, and receiver Brad Shellenberger (CM, class of 2006), who connected for a total of four catches, 113 yards, two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion.

Jersey Shore, the home team this time around, will surely have revenge on their minds.

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