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Central Mountain wins big over Milton, 49-6, in football

TIM WEIGHT/For The Express Central Mountain's Ryan Pentz breaks a run against Milton during Friday's game.

MILL HALL – Central Mountain was solid in all three phases of the game in the team’s 49-6 victory over Milton on Friday night, dominating the Black Panthers on offense, defense, and special teams.

Central Mountain used a 21-point first quarter to get out to a fast lead over Milton. The Wildcats scored on the team’s second play of the game when Junior quarterback Brett Gerlach found wide receiver Cayde McCloskey for a 32-yard touchdown.

Gerlach, who played a solid game in the Wildcats win, finished six of seven for 162 yards and two touchdowns through the air. McCloskey’s touchdown was the junior’s first of the season.

Wildcats coach Jim Renninger was pleased with how his team responded tonight against Milton, after the Wildcats’ 55-7 loss to Jersey Shore a week ago.

“It says a lot about these kid’s character, Renninger said, “They got beat up last week, and they came back prepared Monday and focused really hard and got after it all week in practice, we executed a lot better today.”

TIM WEIGHT/For The Express Central Mountain scores a touchdown at home against Milton on Friday night.

Central Mountain totaled 379 yards of offense in the victory and topped the team’s season-high of 33 points with 49 scored tonight. Aside from Gerlach’s proficient night slinging the ball for the Wildcats, Central Mountain had a successful night running the ball. Ryan Pentz, the team’s leading rusher, ran for 89 yards and a touchdown on just eight carries in the win. Micah Walizer, the team’s short-down back added 31 yards rushing and a touchdown as well. On the outside, Central Mountain had five different receivers go over 20 yards receiving. Peyton Johnson continued his big year by snagging three catches for 80 yards a touchdown.

The Wildcats defense was dominant upfront on the defensive line, sacking Milton’s quarterback Wade Young three times in the win. Anton Stratts, Landyn Carson, and Zaine Counsil recorded the three sacks for Central Mountain. As a unit Central Mountain’s defense allowed just 14 rushing yards, forced seven punts, and recovered two fumbles.

On special teams Central Mountain managed to return both a blocked-punt and a kickoff for touchdowns. Central Mountain’s defensive line got to Milton’s punter halfway through the opening quarter and tipped the ball high into the sky. Tyler Weaver caught the blocked-punt and returned it for a touchdown. Weaver also went seven-for-seven on PAT’s in the win. The kick-return came on the second half opening kick. Kaden Falls caught the ball and darted for the far sideline; the senior went untouched for a 75-yard touchdown.

Milton managed to score one time in the loss, the Black Panthers touchdown came with 33 seconds remaining in the first half. Xzavier Minium hauled in a 62-yard touchdown pass from Wade Young.

Central Mountain (3-1), travels to take on Shamokin next week.

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