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Central Mountain looks to get back on winning side of things in Week 4 of football

Central Mountain returns home to Malinak Stadium tonight to host the 0-3 Milton Black Panthers.

The Wildcats are coming off their first loss of the season as they fell at Jersey Shore a week ago, 55-7.

Central Mountain welcomes a Milton team that has been win-less through three weeks. The Black Panthers have two losses of 20 points or more and a 14-point loss to Shikellamy.

Central Mountain’s offense dropped 33 points in the team’s opener against Shikellamy, but since Week 1, the Wildcats have managed just 14 points. The Wildcat offense has great opportunity to get back on track tonight vs Milton.

Defensively the Black Panthers are giving up 215 rushing yards per game and 31 points. Fortunately for Central Mountain, one of the things it has been able to do well this season is run the football. Ryan Pentz is the team’s leading rusher with 212 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. Pentz is averaging 5.3 yards per carry. Outside of Pentz, Central Mountain has Micah Walizer. The short-down back rushed for a season-high 47 yards last week, and has proven to be a solid receiving option for the Wildcats.

The Black Panthers have scored two total touchdowns this season, and both are from 1-yard out. Tonight could be a challenge for the Black Panthers’ offense as the Wildcats’ defense surrendered just one touchdown prior to last week’s loss to Jersey Shore.

Quarterback Ethan Rowe leads the Black Panthers offense and the senior has 150 yards passing and one of the team’s touchdowns. Junior Ashton Canelo has a 100-yard rushing performance and a touchdown. Senior running back Jason Valladares is the team’s leading rusher with 158 yards this season.

BUCKTAIL TRAVELS TO CMVT

Both Bucktail and CMVT are without a win this season and coming off double-digit losses a week ago, one of the team’s will earn their first win tonight as Bucktail travels to CMVT.

The Bucks lost, 42-6, at home last week to Northwest and CMVT lost against Muncy, 56-24.

In the team’s loss to Muncy, CMVT went the entire game without attempting a pass as the Rams ran the ball 34 times for 124 yards.

In order to get in the win column, Bucktail will lean on George Sutliff and Dylan Cross offensively. Sutliff scored the team’s lone touchdown in the team’s loss to Northwest when he ran it in with 2 minutes, 55 seconds left in the game, and Cross has two total touchdowns this season.

Dating back to 2012, Bucktail and CMVT have split the series 4-4.

JERSEY SHORE LOOKS TO STAY HOT

The Bulldogs offense continued its success for third straight week as Jersey Shore rolled through Central Mountain, 55-7, a week ago. It was the second week in a row Jersey Shore topped 50 points.

Jersey Shore’s Cayden Hess is fresh off a three-touchdown game. Hess caught two touchdown passes and returned a 50-yard interception for a touchdown in the team’s win over Central Mountain. The Bulldogs depth was fully on display in last week’s win. Back-up running back Brady Jordan ran for 115 yards on just three carries and found the end zone twice.

Dalton Dugan proved to be a play-maker on both sides of the ball for Jersey Shore as he recorded four sacks and caught two touchdown passes.

This week’s opponent for the Bulldogs is Selinsgrove (1-2). The Seals have lost two games in a row since winning its opener in Week 1. That also marks the last time Selinsgrove scored a touchdown.

Jersey Shore won both meetings between the two last season.

BELLEFONTE, PV MEET AFTER OFF WEEKS

Bellefonte hosts the Penns Valley tonight after both teams had last week off due to COVID-19 complications.

Penns Valley enters tonight’s game with an 0-1 record and is playing its first game since the team’s opener on Sept. 11.

Aidan Brinker commands the Rams offense, the senior is making his second career start at quarterback. Brinker showed some promise in his team’s Week 1 loss to Clearfield.

For Bellefonte, Ethan Rossman will try to lead Bellefonte (0-2) to its first win. Rossman has eclipsed 160 yards on the ground to go with two touchdowns through the Raiders first two games.

Raiders coach Shannon Manning is impressed with the senior quarterback’s performance thus far.

“He’s a real tough kid,” Manning said, “What he does it let us have a centerpiece that we can work out from.”

Rossman and the Raiders will try to defeat Penns Valley for the first time since 2017, when the two collide at tonight at Rogers Stadium.

BATTLE OF THE EAGLES

The Tyrone Golden Eagles visit Wingate tonight to square-off against the Bald Eagle Area Eagles.

Bald Eagle, who had last week off due to to COVID-19 complications, is 1-1 on the year with a win over Huntingdon and loss to Central. Tyrone is 2-0 with wins over Bellefonte and Huntingdon.

Offensively, Tyrone has been posting solid numbers through its two games. Quarterback Brandon Lucas has accumulated more than 320 yards through the air to go with two touchdowns. Lucas has also proven to be an effective runner for the Golden Eagles, going over 100 yards rushing in the team’s win over Bellefonte. Lucas’s favorite target this year has been Damon Gripp. Gripp has three touchdowns and 196 yards receiving.

Bald Eagle’s offense is anchored by junior quarterback Garrett Burns who had over 320 yards of total offense in the team’s win over Huntingdon. Aside from Burns, wide receiver Owen Irvin is another player to keep an eye-out for, Irvin has gone over the century mark in receiving yards both games this year.

Bald Eagle has outscored Tyrone, 66-0, in the last two meetings between the schools.

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

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