Bellefonte, Bald Eagle look to rebound from Week 4 losses in high school football
Week 5 of the high school football season kicks off tonight and here is all you need to know prior to tonight’s area games.
Bellefonte (0-3) at Huntingdon (0-4)
Both teams enter without a victory. Bellefonte, which is now 0-3 after last week’s 28-17 loss to Penns Valley, may not be as bad as its record shows.
The Raiders opponents combined record is a solid 8-1. Bellefonte has played three quality programs to begin the season. They have also been competitive in the three losses, losing by no more than two possessions in all three. Bellefonte will need to step up its run game tonight against Huntingdon if the Raiders want to leave with a victory.
The Raiders surrendered 218 rushing yards last week to Penns Valley, and they meet a Bearcat team tonight that runs the ball effectively. Myles Baney is Huntingdon’s leading rusher with 148 yards. Aside from Baney, the Bearcats get production on the ground from quarterback Darin Harman.
For Bellefonte’s offense, the unit struggled to move the ball in last week’s loss to Penns Valley. Despite the lack of production, the team may have found a potential weapon in JJ Saunders. The sophomore running back ran for 83 yards on just six carries. Outside of Saunders, Ethan Rossman eclipsed the 200-yard rushing mark for Bellefonte last week, as the senior quarterback continued his solid season.
Dating back to 2017, Bellefonte has won two out of the past three against Huntingdon.
Bald Eagle Area (1-2) at Phillipsburg-Osceola (1-2)
The Eagles managed just 12 points in last week’s loss to Tyrone and two weeks prior, the same Bald Eagle offense rattled off 46 points against Huntingdon.
Despite turning the ball over five times in last week’s loss, Bald Eagle fell by just three points to Tyrone.
Tonight’s battle between the Mounties and Eagles will be a meeting of two run-heavy teams.
Bald Eagle quarterback Garrett Burns ran for over 125 last week for the Eagles, collectively Bald Eagle tallied 200 yards. P-O has just over 100 yards passing in three games this season, The Mounties dashed for over 362 yards in the team’s Week 1 victory against Huntingdon.
Bald Eagle will go for its eighth straight victory against P-O tonight, the Mounties last win over the Eagles came in 2011.
Central Mountain (3-1) at Shamokin (3-1)
If you take a glance at the Central Mountain and Shamokin football programs, the two have been very similar through four games.
The Wildcats and Indians will meet tonight in Coal Township with not only the same records, but similar outcomes in their respective games.
The two have played the exact same schedule prior to tonight’s game. Both have blowout losses to Jersey Shore and as for the wins, both dominated Milton, defeated Shikellamy by 20 points or more, and defeated Selinsgrove in a low-scoring game.
Central Mountain played its most well-rounded game offensively last week in the 49-6 victory over Milton. Wildcats quarterback Brett Gerlach played a very efficient game, throwing for over 160 yards and two touchdowns. In the running game, running back Ryan Pentz eclipsed 80 yards for the third time this season. Wide receiver Peyton Johnson also reached the 200-yard mark on the season and has proven to be a threat on the outside.
The Wildcats’ defense bounced back from the Jersey Shore game and looked like itself from the first two weeks in the win over Milton. Central Mountain gave up just 14 yards rushing in last week’s victory.
Central Mountain’s defensive unit will have another challenge tonight as Shamokin’s offense earned 500 yards of total offense a week ago against Shikellamy. The Indians won last year’s game by a count of 12-7.
Jersey Shore (4-0) at Milton (0-4)
The Bulldogs have been nothing short of dominant to begin the season. Jersey Shore is now 4-0 and has outscored its opponents, 182-14.
In last week’s win against Selinsgrove, the offense of Jersey Shore continued to shine. Brandon Wheary tossed three touchdowns, and Cam Allison ran for over 100 yards on the ground as Jersey Shore posted 30-plus points for the fourth straight game.
Milton fell to 0-4 last week after falling to Central Mountain, 49-6. The Black Panthers have scored three touchdowns this year and will meet a Bulldogs defense that has allowed just two.
Jersey Shore wide receiver Cayden Hess has yet to be stopped this season and will look to eat up the Milton secondary as the Bulldogs look to move to 5-0.
Bucktail (1-3) at South Williamsport (2-0)
The Bucks earned their first win of the season last week in a 50-8 victory against CMVT on Saturday.
Bucktail ran for a combined 332 yards and six touchdowns as Dylan Cross, Gage Sutliff, and Conner Mason helped the Bucks win in the rout.
Tonight, Bucktail travels to South Williamsport to battle with the 2-0 Mountaineers.
South has a 33-13 victory over Montgomery and a 21-14 win over Northwest Area.
Bucktail will try to replicate the success it had on the ground a week ago against CMVT, as the Bucks try to knock off the undefeated Mountaineers of South Williamsport.
Michael Kresovich is the sports editor at the Lock Haven Express. Email comments to email@example.com.