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Centre County’s biggest rivalry is tonight in football: BEA vs. Bellefonte

TIM WEIGHT/For The Express Bald Eagle Area players run onto the field prior to a game this season against Tyrone. The Eagles face Bellefonte tonight in Centre County’s biggest rivalry.

entre County’s biggest rivalry is revived tonight when Bald Eagle Area travels to Bellefonte for the Curtin Bowl.

Both teams are fresh off double-digit victories a week ago as BEA defeated Philipsburg-Osceola, 28-6, and Bellefonte routed Huntingdon, 62-20.

Bellefonte has been a run-heavy team so far this season. The Raiders rely on quarterback Ethan Rossman and running back J.J. Saunders for most of the team’s offensive production. Saunders ran for more than 300 yards last week and Rossman has been the team’s dual-threat option.

Bellefonte’s defense allowed just 32 rushing yards last week, the unit will hope to replicate its performance as the Eagles come to Rogers Stadium.

Bald Eagle is led by its junior quarterback Garrett Burns. Burns has multiple games this season with 200 all-purpose and three total touchdowns. Owen Irvin has been the Eagles No. 1 wide receiver and the junior has gone over 100 yards receiving in all but one game this season.

The Raiders have dominated the series, winning six straight over the Eagles dating back to 2013.

Central Mountain (4-1)

AT Selinsgrove (2-3)

The Wildcats and Seals meet for the second time this season tonight. Central Mountain won the first game, 7-3, in a low-scoring, defensive battle.

Scoring points has been an issue for the Seals as the team has failed to score a touchdown in three of its five games.

Central Mountain’s offense has been the opposite as the Wildcats scored 40-plus for the second week in a row when they rattled off 41 against Shamokin last Friday. Ryan Pentz, who ran for a career-high 237 yards over Shamokin, will look to have another solid game against the Seals tonight. In the matchup between the Wildcats and Seals earlier this year, Pentz ran for 81 and scored the game’s lone touchdown.

The Wildcats should keep an eye on Selinsgrove two-way player Ryan Aument. Aument who scored twice and ran for 91 yards a week ago, recorded eight tackles and was all over the field the first time these two teams met. The Seals do an exceptional job of taking the ball away from opposing team’s offenses, specifically, Brett Foor.

Foor intercepted two passes a week ago, the Seals also picked off Central Mountain once in the first meeting.

SHIKELLAMY (1-4), at

JERSEY SHORE (5-0)

The Bulldogs met Shikellamy earlier this year and Jersey Shore won convincingly, 53-0. Brandon Wheary tossed three touchdowns and threw for 186 yards.

Shikellamy’s lone win of the season is against winless Milton. The bad news for Shikellamy is Jersey Shore might be a better team now then they were when the two first met.

Collectively, the Bulldogs have allowed just two touchdowns all year. On the other side of the ball, Jersey Shore’s offense is clicking. The Bulldogs are coming of a 74-0 win over Milton and now sit at 5-0.

If the Braves want to be competitive in this game, they will need to slow down Wheary and his go-to receiver Cayden Hess. Hess reeled in two touchdowns in the first game between the two schools.

One thing that Shikellamy did well in comparison to Jersey Shore’s other opponents, is run the football. The Braves ran for 51 yards in the first meeting, the most Jersey Shore has allowed to any opponent.

Cowanesque Valley (0-5) AT Bucktail (1-4)

Bucktail has a solid opportunity to earn another victory this season when they host an 0-5 Conwanesque Valley team.

The Indians have not been competitive in any of their five losses. Cowanesque Valley’s closest game this season was an 18-point loss. Indians quarterback Tucker Stpeter has gone over 180 yards passing twice.

Bucktail’s Gage Sutliff passed the 2,500-yard mark for his career in last week’s loss to South Williamsport. Sutliff has posted 100-yard performances in back-to-back games.

Last year, Cowanesque Valley defeated Bucktail, 35-6.

Michael Kresovich is the sports editor at the Lock Haven Express. He can be reached by email at mkresovich@lockhaven.com .

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