Week 1 football: Midd-West at Montoursville
Midd-West (4-7 last year) and Montoursville (12-2) will be playing for the first time as the Warriors start their quest for what they hope will be a third straight District 4 Class AAA championship. Montoursville is experienced in all areas except up front on both sides of the ball. If the first-time starters blossom there, the Warriors again will be a formidable foe.
The offense looks particularly potent with 1,100-yard running back Rocco Pulizzi stronger and faster than during last year’s excellent sophomore campaign. Dillon Young and Dylan Moll are playmakers in the passing game, CJ Signor is a tough fullback and quarterback Maddix Dalena possesses one of District 4’s biggest arms.
Linebacker Dylan Bennett headlines what could be a stout defense and has all-state potential. The Warriors are trying for the first three-peat in program history and have won 23 games the past two seasons.
Midd-West has reached the District 4 Class AAAA semifinals the past two seasons. Watch out for running back Hunter Wolfley who ran for 897 yards, caught 23 passes for 317 yards and scored 14 touchdowns three ways.
— By CHRIS MASSE