Hughesville at WR
Hughesville facts: The Spartans snapped a four-game losing streak in a big way last week, thumping Central Columbia 47-28. It was a big win against a potential playoff team and boosted Hughesville back into the District 4 Class AA playoff picture. Hughesville enters tonight seventh in the eight-team field and showed how dangerous it can be against Central. The offensive line dominated and paved the way as Hughesville held the ball for more than 37 minutes and gained 606 yards. The Spartans have gained 1,105 yards the past two weeks, but finished drives against Central, something they had struggled to do against Bloomsburg. Quarterback Landon Henry totaled 419 yards and six touchdowns and wide receiver Brenden Gardner played his best game, catching eight passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Fullback Jase Wright totaled 102 yards and scored a touchdown while Ryan McClain continued his strong play and totaled 146 yards three different ways. McClain ran for a career-high 197 yards and two touchdowns against Bloomsburg. The defense has been up and down but features one of the area’s premier linebackers in Dale Shrawder who leads the team in tackles. Henry and Patrick Rogers intercepted passes against Southern and the defense allowed only two touchdowns over the final three quarters. Hughesville won a hard-fought 21-0 game against Warrior Run last year as it went 9-3 and reached the District 4 Class AA semifinals for the first time in six years.
Hughesville player to watch-Josh Dauberman: The two-way starting linemen is the anchor of both lines and was vital to Hughesville’s breakout game last week. In addition to providing excellent blocking, the 6-foot-5, 295-pound senior made five tackles and added a sack.
Warrior Run facts: The Defenders have lost three straight after starting 3-1, but remain in the playoff picture. A win tonight would push Warrior Run past Hughesville and gives it playoff chances a huge lift. Warrior Run equaled last year’s win total by Week 4 but has managed just 20 points the last three weeks. Loyalsock buried the Defenders early last week, scoring 28 first-quarter points en route to a 50-0 win. The defense was outstanding the first four weeks but imploded last week. Still, that unit has good playmakers who could make things difficult for the Spartans tonight. Noah Showers was a first team HAC-II linebacker last year and averages a team-high eight tackles per game. Gage Anzulavich has three interceptions and Jorge Guillen is tough up front with four sacks. Anzulavich, a junior quarterback, is seeking his second straight 1,000-yard season and totaled 324 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-13 Week 2 win over Milton. Matt Gummo totaled 163 yards in that game and is the team’s leading rusher and receiver. Gummo is fourth among area receivers in catches with 24. Gummo, Kade Meyer and Michael Muffly all have caught at least 11 passes.
Warrior Run player to watch-Pacey Howard: A three-year starter, Howard averages 6.1 tackles per game, has forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, blocked a field goal and added a sack. He had a safety against Hughesville two years ago in a game Warrior Run led at halftime.
Outlook: These are two teams that appear headed in different directions but if Warrior Run gets back to playing like it did the first four weeks, it could be quite a game.
-by CHRIS MASSE