Sun-Gazette football power rankings
1. Williamsport (1-0): Treyon Potts sure has some good genes. Back in 1989 his father Jerome ran for 349 yards and two touchdowns in a 13-10 win against Altoona. This old-school rivalry is renewed tonight and now Treyson has a chance to show Altoona what he can do. Both father and son are two of the few in Williamsport’s history who have topped 300 yards a game with Treyson doing so as a freshman against Tunkhannock.
2. Lewisburg (1-0): The Green Dragons put up 32 points against defending District 4 Class AAAA champion Selinsgrove. And that was without the running game ever finding any traction. Just imagine how dangerous this offense can be if that running game gets going. Like it is for defenses facing Williamsport, it could be a case of pick your poison against Lewisburg.
3. Montoursville (1-0): It would be wrong to say Montoursville football is back. The truth is it never went away. Last year’s 2-win season was a mirage, one that featured 18 new starters. That was a growing season and now the Warriors look like they could be a force again after winning district championships in 2014 and 2016. This is a nice rivalry stretch going as well with games against Hughesville, Jersey Shore and Loyalsock in the next four weeks.
4. Loyalsock (0-1): This team looks like one that can light up the scoreboard. And it might have to do that each week if the defense does not perform better than it did last week. Remember, though, Loyalsock allowed 42 points in its season opener last season but then was playing defense as well as anyone in the area late in the season and into districts as it captured the Class AAA championship.
5. Jersey Shore (0-1): There is no easing into this season for a young team that is replacing the majority of its starters from next last year. There really are no soft spots on this schedule, but that could make Jersey Shore especially tough if it reaches the postseason. Jersey Shore and Selinsgrove has become quite a rivalry with the teams combining to win six straight district championships.
6. Wellsboro (1-0): The Green Hornets have the district’s second-longest regular-season winning streak, one that has reached 22 games. Wellsboro coach Matt Hildebrand earned his 50th win last week and is 50-9 in six seasons at Wellsboro. This is a younger Wellsboro team than in past years so both the present and future look bright.
7. South Williamsport (1-0): Coach Chris Eiswerth earned his first win at South in Week 2 of 2011 when rain pushed a game to Monday and South defeated Wyalusing, 33-20. That was the night what had been a dormant program started turning things around. And since 2012, the Mounties have gone 50-10 while winning a league title each season. The way South responded against Montgomery speaks to what has made this program so strong during that time.
8. Canton (1-0): The Warriors opened their season by allowing a four-play, 68-yard scoring drive and then fumbled the ensuing kickoff. The way Canton responded to that start and all the road bumps that came up last Saturday against Towanda could provide a season-long spark. Several times it looked like Canton was finished but it kept fighting back. It has to have the belief now that, whatever happens in a game, it can overcome.
9. Muncy (1-0): Muncy has held its opening-night opponents scoreless for six straight quarters. The Indians were ranked among the area’s defensive leaders last season and again could be building their foundation upon stout defense. It helps having quarterback Coleman Good playing on both sides of the ball, too. He and brother Christian are carrying on the family tradition of athletic excellence, following in the footsteps of Clayton, Charity, Crystal and Cameron.
10. North Penn-Mansfield (0-1): Was the opening-night performance against Montoursville a result of facing an outstanding opponent or of storm clouds brewing? Tonight could provide a clue. Ultimately, that loss could make NP-Mansfield stronger since Montoursville likely will be one of the best teams it plays this season. And the NTL-I title is up for grabs so the Panthers have a lot to be excited about.
11. Montgomery (0-1): If the Red Raiders consistently play four quarters of football the way they played the first 3 1/2 last week, they could have a terrific season. One better believe senior linebacker Rhyle Strausbaugh will be doing everything he can to spark Montgomery following a monster 21-tackle performance last week. He also made three tackles for loss and added a sack, helping Montgomery blank South for the first 42 minutes.
12. Central Mountain (0-1): I am not sure what Central Mountain’s record will be this season, but after watching its offense last week, I am quite certain it will be exciting to watch. This offense is legit and Colin Jones looks like a game-changing wide receiver. The Wildcats should have some extra bounce in their collective step and could be a surprise team in 2018.
13. Milton (0-1): Like Central Mountain, if Milton can tighten up its defense it has the ability to make a huge rebound following last year’s 1-9 season. Now that the Black Panthers have a running game to complement a potent passing game, the offense looks particularly potent. Keep an eye on this team that looks like it is on the rise.
14. Hughesville (0-1): Give first-year coach Adam Gehr and his staff time to get this young team going. The Spartans are fairly young and face a difficult schedule. They also are learning a new offense. There might be growing pains, but Hughesville will make strides as the season progresses.
15. Warrior Run (0-1): Not being able to finish drives last week changed the game. Warrior Run twice was stopped in the red zone. Cash in on those opportunities and Warrior Run might have produced a better result. The defense played tough and there are playmakers on this offense. This is another team that is adjusting but that could look a lot different in October.
16. Bucktail (0-1): Give Bucktail a hand for working hard on behalf of Jersey Shore’s Caleb Leone and his family. Bucktail raised $4,000 for Leone who remains hospitalized after sustaining a serious injury in a preseason practice.
17. Cowanesque Valley (0-1): Not having all-around threat Matt Barber last week hurt. Still, even if Barber cannot play, there are enough weapons on both sides of the ball that CV still might raise some eyebrows as the season continues.