Sun-Gazette power rankings: Week 3
By CHRIS MASSE
1. Montoursville (2-0): Only Southern Columbia has more District 4 mercy-rule victories than the Warriors the past two seasons. Twelve in 16 games is mighty impressive.
2. Jersey Shore (2-0): Jersey Shore scored nearly as many first-half points (40) as its 2002 team did that season (42). Oh, how the times have changed.
3. Williamsport (2-0): Excluding the quarterback, five of the six Williamsport ball-carriers this season have averaged at least 6.8 yards per carry.
4. Loyalsock (0-0): Keep an eye on senior Korie Mayer tonight. The defensive end/running back has made big strides each year and could be quite a threat off the edge.
5. Muncy (2-0): The Indians are at home again tonight, but leaving Muncy has not been a problem. They are 5-0 going back to Week 5 of the 2019 season.
6. Central Mountain (2-0): The Wildcats are ranked higher than at any time since 2012 when former Penn State captain Von Walker was a senior.
7. Canton (1-0): Senior teammates Timmy Ward and Ben Knapp have 186 career catches for 3,251 yards and 29 touchdowns.
8. North Penn-Mansfield (1-0): Bryan Bogaczyk’s timely Pick 6 against Wellsboro gives him nine interceptions over the past three seasons.
9. Montgomery (1-1): Linemen often fly under the radar, but Brent Leon certainly is standing out, averaging more than 10 tackles per game.
10. Wellsboro (1-1): First-time starter Will Kibler is making an impact on both sides, catching a touchdown pass and returning an interception for a score.
11. South Williamsport (0-0): The Mounties have not lost their season opener since 2015 and are 7-1 in their last eight openers under coach Chris Eiswerth.
12. Hughesville (1-1): This is the first time since Week 2, 2017 that Hughesville is .500. Progress is being made and the Spartans are gaining confidence.
13. Lewisburg (0-2): All-state running back Max Moyers needs just 27 yards tonight to become the area’s ninth 4,000-yard rusher of the 2000s.
14. Warrior Run (0-2): Coltin Pentycofe is averaging 22.7 yards per catch and two of his receptions have gone for more than 30 yards.
15. Milton (0-2): Ashton Canelo became the program’s first 100-yard rusher since 2018 a week ago.
16. Cowanesque Valley (0-2): A game after making nine tackles and an interception, Jacob Schmitt showed his offensive prowess last week, catching two touchdowns.
17. Bucktail (0-2): The Bucks have certainly faced a challenge to open the season, playing against three consecutive district title contenders.