Bucktail at Montgomery football preview

Bucktail facts: The Bucks are hoping to end their season on a high and will have most of their starters back next season. Bucktail is one of the area’s youngest teams and has dressed close to 15 players throughout the season. This is only the second time this decade that the state’s smallest school that does not co-op with another program will finish with fewer than four wins. Running backs Blake Cannon, Tanner Riggle and Kenny Winkleman will all be back next year and all have bright futures. Cannon and Riggle both have had 100-yard games in their scholastic careers and Winkleman, a freshman, is one of the team’s best defensive players. Cannon also helps ignite the defense and has five sacks, including two last Monday against Cowanesque Valley. Mitch Intallura averages 15.3 yards per catch and caught a touchdown against Towanda.

Bucktail player to watch–Logan Long: A two-way starter, Long had 10 tackles two weeks ago against Muncy and is second on the team in receiving.

Montgomery facts: The record might not show it but this is a young program on the rise. Montgomery snapped a 19-game losing streak earlier this season with a 54-30 win at CMVT and has been much more competitive, coming within 14 yards of beating Class A top seed Sayre. Montgomery also held a first-quarter lead against eight-win South Williamsport and No. 2 Wyalusing. Sophomore quarterback Brayden Strouse has made huge strides and needs 189 yards to become Montgomery’s first 1,000-yard passer since 2012. Strouse has accounted for a touchdown in all nine games. Wide receiver Jensen Drick became Montgomery’s first player to have a 100-yard receiving game since 2012 in that CMVT win and Montgomery’s 54 points were the most in a game by a Raider team in the 2000s. Montgomery played Warrior Run tough last week, losing 21-13 and forcing the Defenders to recover a late onside kick to seal the win. The defense allowed only 238 yards and forced three turnovers with Drick and Habersham intercepting passes.

Montgomery player to watch–Eithan Marino: One of the team’s most valuable players, Marino has made big contributions on both sides of the ball. Marino has run for a team-high four touchdowns and had two sacks in the CMVT win.

Outlook: Both teams look like they could have big rebounds next season and tonight’s winner will have some nice momentum to act as a springboard into the offseason.