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Jersey Shore moves to 3-0 with 55-7 win against Central Mountain in football

TIM WEIGHT/LH Express Jersey Shore’s Owen Anderson breaks a run against Central Mountain at Jersey Shore on Friday. The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 and handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season.

JERSEY SHORE – The Bulldogs scored 40-plus points for the third straight week as Jersey Shore defeated Central Mountain, 55-7, to move to 3-0 on the season.

Jersey Shore’s up-tempo, no-huddle offense gave the Wildcat defense trouble all night.

Bulldogs quarterback Brandon Wheary lit up the Central Mountain secondary for 183 yards and four touchdowns in the win. Aside from its passing game, Central Mountain had no answer for the Bulldogs rushing attack as Brady Jordan ran for 115 yards and two touchdowns, and Cameron Allison totaled 94 yards on 15 carries.

Entering Friday night’s game against Jersey Shore, Central Mountain’s defense gave up a combined nine points.

Jersey Shore’s offense scored quick, and fast in Friday night’s game.

TIM WEIGHT/LH Express Central Mountain’s Micah Walizer goes to catch a pass against Jersey Shore on the road Friday night in a matchup of unbeatens. The Wildcats suffered their first loss, 55-7.

Wheary connected with wide receiver Cayden Hess on a 39-yard touchdown pass on the Bulldogs second play from scrimmage. Jersey Shore had a 6-0 lead just 41 seconds into the game.

Later in the opening quarter, Wheary found Hess again for a Jersey Shore touchdown from 18 yards out with 3:23 left.

Hess found the endzone for the third time in the opening quarter, this time the touchdown came on defense. The junior returned an interception for a 50-yard touchdown on Central Mountain’s next drive to put the Bulldogs ahead 20-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Wildcats finally scored their first points of the contest with 4:22 left in the first half. Central Mountain quarterback Brett Gerlach hit Micah Walizer on a wheel route to make the score 26-7.

Central Mountain’s defense stepped up its performance in the second quarter, limiting the Jersey Shore offense to just six points.

TIM WEIGHT/LH Express Jersey Shore’s Kooper Peacock looks to run against Central Mountain on Friday night at Jersey Shore. The Bulldogs won, 55-7, to remain undefeated.

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.”

Jersey Shore led 26-7 at halftime.

The Bulldogs forced Central Mountain to punt on the Wildcats first possession of the second half.

Jersey Shore’s offense picked-up right where it left off at halftime, Bulldogs running back Owen Anderson took a handoff and ran it in from 17-yards to put Jersey Shore ahead 34-7 with 6:03 left in the third quarter.

Central Mountain’s offense struggled to move the ball all night, especially in the second half. Jersey Shore had seven total sacks on the night. Dalton Dugan led the Bulldogs with four.

The Bulldogs scored some insurance points in the fourth quarter, adding 21 points, bringing the final to 55-7.

Central Mountain (2-1), will host Milton on Friday, Oct. 2 for the team’s game.

Renninger said his team will shake off the defeating loss and be ready to play.

“I love these guys, and I trust them, they’ll come back to work on Monday 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,” he said.

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