Wildcats’ defense struggles in another rout

MILL HALL — Central Mountain’s lenient defense is the team’s biggest concern.

The Wildcats followed their Week 1 loss to Williamsport with another lopsided 55-7 defeat to Lewisburg. The defense surrendered 117 points in two games as the Wildcats struggle to find its identity.

“Lewisburg just pushed us around,” Central Mountain coach Jim Renninger said. “We need to get better on both sides of the ball because Lewisburg just manhandled us on both sides of the ball.”

Central Mountain’s lone score came late in the fourth when Peyton Johnson connected with Tanner Williamson for a 7-yard touchdown pass to prevent a shutout.

Central Mountain totaled 548 yards in Week 1 but managed just 120 yards against Lewisburg. The rushing offense produced just 23 yards and the team committed three turnovers.

“We thought we would move the ball a little bit better than we did, but if you can’t block the front five you can’t do anything,” Renninger said. “Our quarterback was under pressure the entire game, he made some bad choices but a lot of it was due to being pressured a whole bunch.

“But it essentially comes down to the fact that if they’re bringing six or seven people, there’s not a whole lot you can do offensively.”

Lewisburg running back Max Moyers torched the Wildcats with 345 yards and five touchdowns. Moyers attributed his offensive line for his video-game numbers.

“I give a lot of credit to my offensive line for working hard this week, getting better and improving,” Moyers said. “They worked extremely hard and just did a great job today, so props to them.”

Moyers ran for a pedestrian 33 yards against Selinsgrove in Week 1. Against Central Mountain he totaled 288 yards and four touchdowns in the first half. His game high 93-yard score extended Lewisburg’s lead 27-0 in the second quarter.

“I’ve been saying since Max’s first game that the kid is a workhorse,” Lewisburg coach Marc Persing said. “He’s a special talent and his future is very, very bright.”

Moyers’ night ended with a third quarter 52-yard score to extend Lewisburg’s lead, 48-0.

“He just had a good day,” Central Mountain coach Jim Renninger said of Moyers. ” The offensive line opened up a lot of big holes for him, and I don’t think our secondary tackled very well. Ultimately there was a lot of times their line was getting to our linebackers and Moyers was running in open space. That makes it pretty easy.”

Lewisburg’s blowout win allowed the coaching staff to insert some of its underclassmen into the game. Freshman Ethan Dominick seized his moment and scored a 4-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter.

“We got to evaluate some young kids,” Lewisburg coach Marc Persing said.“They did a lot of nice things tonight.”

Lewisburg returns next Friday to host Mount Carmel. Central Mountain travels to Coal Township to face the Shamokin Indians.

“They’re okay,”” Central Mountain coach Jim Renninger said of Shamokin. They got a win their first week, they have a new head coach and they’re tough.”

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