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CM coming off strong Week 1 win in high school football

If week one is any indication, two stout defenses will meet as Central Mountain hosts Selinsgrove tonight in Week 2 of high school football. The two teams surrendered just 12 combined points in their respective Week 1 contests,

The combination of Kaden Falls and Micah Wallizer highlighted the Wildcats defensive performance in Central Mountain’s win. The two made stops all over the field in Friday’s win.

Peyton Johnson eclipsed 100 yards receiving and Ryan Pentz ran for more than 100 yards on the offensive side of the ball in the Wildcats 33-6 Week 1 win over Shikellamy. It was Central Mountain’s first season-opening victory since 2012.

This week’s visitor, Selinsgrove, defeated Milton, 42-6, behind a dominant rushing trio of Ryan Aument, Nate Schon, and Ryan Hoover. The three backs combined to rush for 160 yards and four touchdowns.

It will be a matchup of two run-first offenses. Central Mountain’s Brett Gerlach played an efficient game under center as the junior went 6-8 passing, and over 100 yards through the air in the win over Shikellamy.

Leading the Selinsgrove offense is senior Coy Bastian. Bastian completed five of 10 passes for 78 yards last week.

Central Mountain should be on the lookout for Selinsgrove special teams’ unit, as it blocked three punts, and returned a kick-off for a touchdown in the school’s week one victory.

Selinsgrove got the best of two in last year’s game, as the Seals won 38-21.

A look elsewhere in the area for Week 2 matchups:

Central (1-0) at Bellefonte (1-0)

Senior Ethan Rossman was the spark of the Raider offense in Bellefonte’s narrow Week 1 21-13 loss to Tyrone. The dual-threat quarterback scampered for 100 yards on the ground and scored two touchdowns.

Bellefonte’s defense, a unit that allowed 186 yards passing in week one’s loss, will face another challenge with the Dragons in week two. Central defeated Bald Eagle Area 33-9 behind a Dragon offensive attack that threw for just under 200 yards, and three touchdowns. Central had three wideouts surpass 50 yards receiving in the win.

Bellefonte ran past Central, 54-7, in last year’s meeting. The Dragons last win over the Raiders came in 2016.

Huntingdon (0-1) at

Bald Eagle Area (0-1)

Two teams will meet in Wingate tonight in hopes of earning their first win of the season.

Bald Eagle — a team that lost 33-9 in Week 1 to Central — hosts Huntingdon tonight. The Bearcats lost their opening game, 35-20, to Phillipsburg-Osceola a week ago.

The Eagles struggled running the ball in their Week 1 loss, but the offensive’s bright spot came from junior quarterback Garrett Burns who threw for 154 yards. Owen Irvin was the quarterback’s favorite target as the junior hauled in 100 plus yards receiving.

Bald Eagle blanked Huntingdon last year, 54-0.

Jersey Shore (1-0) at Shikellamy (0-1)

The Bulldogs beat Shamokin, 41-7, last week as Jersey Shore running back Cameron Allison tallied 128 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

Collectively, Jersey Shore ran for more than 230 yards as Allison, Hayden Packer and Owen Anderson contributed to the backfield. Bulldogs quarterback Brandon Wheary completed 16 of 25 passes for over 170 yards in the win.

Shikellamy gave-up 33 points in their opener to Central Mountain last week and could be in for a long night defensively. The Braves defense will meet a high-powered Jersey Shore offense that toppled 40 points in Week 1.

On the offensive side of the ball, Coltyn Sempko was Shikellamy’s leading rusher with 43 yards on 11 carries in the loss to Central Mountain. Scrambling quarterback Drew Balistrini tallied more than 100 yards of all-purpose yards with 69 yards through the air, and 32 on the ground.

Jersey Shore defeated Shikellamy, 39-8, in the last meeting between the two teams in 2019.

Bucktail (0-1) at

Muncy (1-0)

Bucktail travels to Muncy in hopes of grabbing its first win of the season as Muncy — who looked impressive offensively in Week 1 — will look to move to 2-0.

Muncy’s success on offense was thanks to the backfield pair of Ty Nixon and Ethan Gush. The two combined for 181 rushing yards. On the outside, wide receiver Chase Crawley topped 90 yards receiving and a touchdown in Muncy’s 32-7 Week 1 win over Warrior Run.

Bucktail, winless after losing 32-7 against Montgomery, was held scoreless for the entire first half of last week’s game. Despite the 25-point loss for the Bucks, linebacker/running back Gage Sutliff ended the game with an interception on defense and had a solid rushing performance out of the backfield.

In the 2019 between the two schools a year ago, Muncy shutout Bucktail, 28-0.

Michael Kresovicih is the sports editor at the Lock Haven Express. Email comments to mkresovich@lockhaven.com.

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