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Jersey Shore dominates matchup of unbeatens against Central Mountain

TIM WEIGHT/The Express Jersey Shore’s Kooper Peacock, left, carries the ball Friday night at Thompson Street Stadium as Central Mountain’s Peyton Johnson waits to make a hit.

JERSEY SHORE — Fans stood outside the fence which surrounds Thompson Street Stadium to watch a battle of unbeatens as Jersey Shore hosted the Wildcats of Central Mountain this past Friday night.

Prior to Friday’s week 3 matchup between the two, Jersey Shore entered the game averaging 48 points per game. Central Mountain was allowing just 4.5 per game, it was slated to be a battle of heavyweights.

Jersey Shore’s offense prevailed, and the Bulldogs won 55-7 over Central Mountain.

Jersey Shore scored on the game’s first possession and never looked back.

Just 41 seconds into the game, on its second play from scrimmage, quarterback Brandon Wheary hit Cayden Hess in stride for a 39-yard touchdown.

Central Mountain’s first possession of the game showed promise after the Wildcats picked up an early first down, but on third down Jersey Shore sacked Central Mountain quarterback Brett Gerlach to end the drive.

The Bulldog defense tallied seven sacks. Senior Dalton Dugan led the Bulldogs with four.

Cam Allison posted 50 of his 94 rushing yards to put Shore in prime position at the Central Mountain 18. Wheary then found Hess again on a fade route, this time for an 18-yard touchdown. the two-point conversion gave the Bulldogs a 14-0 lead.

But Hess wasn’t done. On the ensuing Central Mountain possession, he jumped in front of a Gerlach pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown. Hess shined on both sides of the ball, catching seven balls for 99 yards and scoring three touchdowns.

Jersey Shore’s offense continued to roll as Wheary picked up his third touchdown of the game, finding Dugan on an out route from 4 yards out. Dugan finished with four catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns.

Wheary completed 14 of 20 passes for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

It was only after it was down, 26-0, that Central Mountain displayed its best drive of the game. The Wildcats converted two fourth downs, the second one being a touchdown on fourth-and-13.

The Wildcats finally got onto the scoreboard when Gerlach rolled left and found Micah Walizer on a wheel route from 13 yards out. Walizer was a key component in both the pass and rush game for Central Mountain. Aside from scoring the team’s lone touchdown, the junior led the team in rushing with 47 yards.

Central Mountain coach Jim Renninger was pleased with how his team improved after the opening quarter.

“I thought defensively we dug in a bit after we gave up a couple scores in the first half,” Renninger said, “except for a couple plays here and there, against their run game we were pretty good. I mean that’s a really good football team, they’re well coached.”

But Jersey Shore didn’t let off the gas in the second half. Owen Anderson took a jet sweep 16 yards for a touchdown as the Bulldogs’ offense began to dominate the run game.

Jersey Shore recorded a 21-point fourth quarter, to start the season 3-0. Brady Jordan scored two of the final three touchdowns for Jersey Shore, as the sophomore finished with three carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

Renninger said his team will shake off Central Mountain’s loss to Jersey Shore and be ready to play.

“I love these guys, and I trust them, they’ll come back to work (today), and we’ll get better, These kids are resilient, they’re gonna have to be mentally prepared, and I promise you Milton will come ready to play,” Renninger said.

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