Two undefeated teams in CM, Jersey Shore battle in Week 3 tonight
The age-old question of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object could be answered in tonight’s Week 3 showdown between Central Mountain and Jersey Shore
Jersey Shore’s offense — the unstoppable force — is a unit that has scored 97 points in two games and has yet to face a challenge this season. The Bulldogs defeated Shamokin, 41-7, in Week 1 and will look to continue its success as Central Mountain’s defense comes to town. The Wildcats have surrendered just nine points defensively in its two games.
Jersey Shore is led by its senior running back Cam Allison. Allison has 212 yards rushing this year to go with four touchdowns. Beside Allison in the Bulldog backfield is fellow senior Brandon Wheary, the senior has thrown for 358 yards and seven touchdowns. Jersey Shore has two excellent wide receivers on the outside in Cayden Hess and Owen Anderson.
The wideouts have accounted for a big portion of the team’s offensive production as Hess has 195 yards receiving to go with three touchdowns, and Anderson has totaled 130 yards and three touchdowns.
The immovable force is Central Mountain’s lock-down defense that will line-up across from Jersey Shore’s offense.
Anton Stratts and Cyrus McCarl are solid upfront for the Wildcat defense, the two will try to stop the Jersey Shore rushing attack. Behind McCarl and Stratts is linebacker Micah Walizer who has done a great job at getting after opposing quarterbacks and making open field tackles for Central Mountain.
Kaden Falls is the leader in the secondary for Central Mountain. Falls has made several key stops this season, and came away with a big time interception in last week’s win over Selinsgrove.
Central Mountain’s offense and Jersey Shore’s defense have been solid too this season.
On the offensive side of the ball for the Wildcats, running back Ryan Pentz has been the team’s go-to on the ground. Pentz has collected 212 yards rushing to go with three touchdowns in the team’s first two games. Wildcat wide receiver Peyton Johnson is Central Mountain’s leading receiver with two touchdowns on the season, as both came in the team’s week one win. Brett Gerlach will sling the ball for the Wildcats offense Friday night, so far, the junior quarterback has over 200 yards passing and accounted for three total touchdowns.
Jersey Shore’s defense has been as equally dominant as its offense. The Bulldogs have allowed just one touchdown this season.
Jersey Shore got the best of last year’s meeting between the two schools separated by 16 miles, the Bull Dogs defeated Central Mountain, 54-13.
Friday night’s game will be the first meeting out of two between Central Mountain and Jersey Shore, as both are set to face-off again later this fall on Friday, Oct. 23
Bucktail looks for first win
Bucktail is set to host Northwest Area tonight at Dwyer Memorial Field. The Bucks are 0-2 to start the season after a 32-7 Week 1 loss to Montgomery, and a 42-24 defeat to Muncy a week ago.
Northwest (2-0) is playing on the road for the third straight week. The Rangers defeated CMVT, 36-6, in Week 1 and Montgomery, 21-10, in Week 2.
George May is a player the Bucks should keep an eye on tonight as the Northwest running back for Northwest has topped 100 yards rushing in both games this season.
For Bucktail, quarterback Dylan Cross has been the catalyst of the Bucks offense. The junior rushed for two touchdowns in last week’s loss to Muncy and has three in total on the season.
Cross will look to continue his solid season as Bucktail hopes to break into the win column for the first time this season.