Bulldogs take out Wildcats, 49-14, in 2017 rivalry renewal

JERSEY SHORE – When you feed Kyle Tomb the football, good things happen.

He ended last night with 21 carries for 182 yards and five touchdowns to help the Bulldogs drop the Central Mountain Wildcats, 49-14.

Tomb’s five scores tied a Jersey Shore record for most rushing touchdowns in a game. The productive day was also Tomb’s eighth 100-yard rushing game of the season.

“Kyle runs hard,” Jersey Shore head coach Tom Gravish said. “The more he runs, he sees it. He’s getting in a groove out there, which he did a great job tonight.”

Tomb’s first touchdown of the game was a 6-yard run up the middle to put the Bulldogs up, 7-0, halfway through the first quarter. On his second score of the day, he went untouched up the middle to extend the Bulldogs’ lead, 14-0.

After the Bulldogs forced a three-and-out on Central Mountain’s ensuing possession, Tomb took the handoff on the drive’s first play 51-yards into the end zone for his third touchdown of the game. The Bulldogs’ offensive line allowed Tomb to run through the middle untouched again, before he made a cut to shake a Wildcat defender and find daylight in the end zone.

“I give our offensive line credit,” Jersey Shore head coach Tom Gravish said. “Straight-across the board, tight ends, full backs and even wide outs made some good blocks on some down-field plays.”

The Bulldogs entered intermission ahead 28-0 and lost no steam in the second half.

Their first possession of the third quarter was a five-play, 77- yard drive that ended when Elijah Shemory connected with Hunter Frantz for a 44-yard touchdown.

SPECIAL TEAMS SUCCESS

It wasn’t just the Bulldogs offense that put up points for Jersey Shore.

After the defense forced what should’ve been another three-and-out, Dominic Williams blocked Asher Corl’s punt and Jason Dincher returned the loose ball ten yards for a score to extend the Bulldogs’ lead, 42-0, in the third quarter.

“Our punt-block unit on special teams has been doing a nice job, all the way back to Shamokin,” Gravish said. “It’s always helpful when your special teams can make a couple plays.”

The return was the special teams’ second-big play of the game. In the first half, Koby Peacock had a 40-yard punt return that set up Kyle Tomb’s second score of the game.

“Koby Peacock had a nice punt return in the first half,” Gravish said. “That gave us a spark to go-ahead eventually by two touchdowns in that drive.”

NONE SHALL PASS

The Bulldogs regulated Central Mountain’s offense all night.

The Bulldogs’ defense would’ve pitched a shutout had it not been for Asher Corl’s 63-yard touchdown grab late in the game. On that play, the Central Mountain starting offense was facing Jersey Shore’s reserves. But before the score, Jersey Shore’s defense was relentless and held the Wildcats to -10 rushing yards in the game.

“I don’t think we let the quarterback get outside the offensive line too many times tonight,” Gravish said. “The defense is keeping them inside, and if we do that someone’s going to rush the quarterback, get a tipped pass or a sack.”

TOO MANY TOUCHES?

Kyle Tomb ended the game with 21 carries, bringing his season-total to a lofty 275 touches. That’s an extraordinary number for a high school running back.

Tomb doesn’t mind the high-workload. He did joke that sometimes he worries about getting cramps mid-game, but other than that he feels the heavy workload hasn’t taken it’s toll on him.

“I just still feel good,” Tomb said after the win. “I love football, this is my favorite sport.”

Gravish knows Tomb can handle the touches, and if Tomb feels worn out, Gravish said the coaching staff will limit his carries.

“We monitor him pretty closely,” Gravish said of Tomb. “He tells us ‘hey, I’m good.’ We’re always concerned about the health of all our players and that’s something we were monitoring as we went along.”

END OF THE ROAD

Friday’s 49-14 defeat ended Central Mountain’s rough 2017 team campaign.

The team regressed from its three wins in 2016 to just one win this season. A lot of the team’s struggles can be attributed to the loss of previous quarterback Justin Neff, but the team still has huge question marks on the offensive line. The line’s struggles to create gaps and hold blocks was one of the team’s biggest weaknesses.

They Wildcats still have talent in their underclassmen, particularly Rocco Stark. He’s the fastest member on the team and showed his blazing speed in his 90-yard kickoff return last night.

“He’s made some plays for us this year, and he’s done some really good things,” CM coach Jim Renninger said of Stark. “I’m excited to see how he develops. He’s a worker and he’s with us every day in the weight room. I don’t anticipate that changing.”

1 2 3 4

CM 0 0 7 7-14

JS 7 21 21-49

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

JS Kyle Tomb 6-yard TD run (kick good). JS leads 7-0, 5:07 remaining.

2nd Quarter

JS Kyle Tomb 16-yard TD run (kick good). JS leads 14-0 11:54 remaining

JS Kyle Tomb 51-yard TD run (kick good). JS leads 21-0, 10:00 remaining.

JS Kyle Tomb 4-yard TD run (kick good) JS leads 28-0, 2:19 remaining.

3rd quarter

JS Hunter Frantz 44-yard TD reception from Elijah Shemory (kick good). JS leads 35-0, 10:33 remaining.

JS Jason Dincher 10 yard fumble return for TD (kick good). JS leads 42-0, 8:20 remaining.

JS Kyle Tomb 2-yard TD run (kick good). JS leads 49-0, 1:06 remaining.

CM Rocco Stark 90-yard kickoff return (kick good). CM tails 49-7, 00:52 remaining.

4th quarter

CM Asher Corl 67-yard TD reception from Austyn Carson (kick good). CM trails 49-14, 5:25 remaining.

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