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H.S. Football roundup: Muncy’s defense comes up big

DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Correspondent Ty Nixon of Muncy is hit by George May of Northwest at Muncy High School Friday night.

MUNCY — In a game which had no shortage of twists and turns, it was Muncy’s defense which stood tall in the end. The Indians made critical stands when they had to, thwarting a couple Northwest threats late in the game. With the hard-earned 21-13 win, Muncy keeps its unbeaten record intact and handed the Rangers their second consecutive close loss.

“Our kids overcame a lot of adversity this week,” Muncy coach Sean Tetreault said. “It was great to see them on the field, playing physical. Northwest is always a very physical, tough team. It was great to have a hard-fought contest here tonight.”

Northwest (3-2) had one last chance to try tying the game thanks to some clock mismanagement by Muncy.

Ty Nixon led Muncy’s ground game with 94 rushing yards and a touchdown. Branson Eyer threw for 130 yards and a touchdown and 86 of those yards went to his cousin Ross Eyer on just two receptions.

WELLSBORO 43,

TOWANDA 0

Wellsboro hadn’t played a football game since Sept. 18, but the Green Hornets cruised past Towanda.

Wellsboro’s defense was outstanding as Towanda had just 136 yards of offense. Hornets quarterback Isaac Keane ran for 62 yards and a touchdown, and Conner Adams had 41 rushing yards and a score.

Keane also threw for three touchdowns and went 6 for 16 for 117 yards.

“The kids were hungry. Three weeks of practice is longer than we had in camp. It was a long layover there and we said we have to go out and start strong,” Wellsboro coach Matt Hildebrand said.

The Green Hornets scored twice in a two-minute span in the third quarter as Will Kibler reeled in 28- and 30-yard touchdown passes.

“He’s athletic, very athletic, and he’s a matchup problem,” Hildebrand said. “We have guys on the outside with a lot of size that takes up a lot of attention so you didn’t see much of Kibler in the first half. You go back to him in the second half when people have their attention on Ryan Sweet and Zach Singer.”

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT 28, BUCKTAIL 8

Zach Miller and Lane Lusk helped propel South Williamsport to a 20-point win over Bucktail. Miller ran for 99 yards and a touchdown and Lusk ran for two more touchdowns, both of which came in the first quarter.

The Mounties led 14-0 after the first quarter. It was a score which remained into the half as Bucktail played well in the first half.

Bucktail’s Gage Sutliff finished with 21 carries for 122 yards.

“We talked about how it was still a close game at halftime,” South Williamsport coach Chris Eiswerth said. “It’s Bucktail’s pace, and if they score then it’s 14-7, maybe they get an onsides kick and anything can happen. And we are happy to just to be out there playing football.”

South didn’t start to take full control until Miller’s touchdown, which came after a penalty wiped out most of his punt return deep into Bucktail territory, a play where he reversed direction and even ran backward for a few steps before breaking down the sideline. Seeing the flag was the kind of letdown which could hurt younger teams, but Miller rebounded to score after runs by Lusk and Caleb Swarthout put the Mounties back into the red zone.

CENTRAL MOUNTAIN 41, SHAMOKIN 27

Central Mountain is off to a 4-1 start for the first time in at least 20 years after beating Shamokin. Ryan Pentz had a career-high 237 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns on 15 carries for the Wildcats.

Central Mountain ran for 359 yards on 44 carries.

Shamokin took a 12-7 lead into the half and led 20-13 in the third quarter. From there, Central Mountain proceeded to score four consecutive touchdowns, highlighted by 68- and 76-yard runs by Pentz.

SOUTHERN COLUMBIA 56,

HUGHESVILLE 7

Hughesville wrapped up a brutal three-week stretch with a lopsided loss to three-time defending state champion Southern Columbia. It followed tough losses to Mount Carmel and Loyalsock the two weeks prior.

“One thing we harped about all week was effort and they didn’t quit,” Hughesville coach Adam Gehr said. “We had a great week of practice and it may not have shown on the scoreboard, but to our team it did. Southern’s a good team and we won’t see a team like that the rest of the season. Our kids were ready to go (Friday) and that’s one thing I was proud about.”

Gavin Garcia scored three touchdowns and had 186 yards on just four carries. The Spartans were led by Colton Yocum’s 73 yards. Joey Swink threw for 79 yards on five completions. Matt Masala scored on a 16-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds left to help the Spartans avoid the shutout.

LOYALSOCK 26,

BLOOMSBURG 20

Bloomsburg led 13-0 early in the second quarter, but the Lancers proceeded to score the game’s next 26 points to defeat the Panthers.

Naz Smith was huge for Loyalsock, reeling in three consecutive touchdown passes of 17, 2 and 65 yards from Chase Cavanaugh.

“We’ve had a tremendous amount of adversity, whether it’s the virus, whether it’s the different timelines we were on, whether it was the injuries we’ve had,” Loyalsock coach Justin Van Fleet said. “This idea of overcoming adversity isn’t new to them. It’s one of the more versed senior classes I’ve had in dealing with tough situations.”

Cavanaugh threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns and as a team, the Lancers had 381 yards of offense.

The win puts Loyalsock above .500 at 2-1.

MONTGOMERY 48, CMVT 14

Montgomery opened up a 34-point halftime lead as it cruised to a win over CMVT on Saturday.

The Red Raiders’ Kaide Drick ran for a pair of first-half touchdowns and finished with three overall to go with his 170 yards.

Quarterback Logan Almeida completed 9 of 11 passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, a 35-yard scoring strike to Coltin Hans.

Devon Deem led a Montgomery defense which allowed just 162 yards of offense by recording three sacks.

Williamsport 48,

Valley West 13

Keith Freeman ran for a pair of touchdowns and Cam Sims caught a touchdown and returned a punt for a score as Williamsport moved to 5-0.

The Millionaires outgained Valley West, 407-158, and Frankie Morrone threw for 164 yards and a touchdown. Nasir Hennigan added a touchdown run, and Nassir Jones caught seven passes for 82 yards.

Montoursville 45, Lewisburg 7

Rocco Pulizzi ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns and Maddix Dalena threw three touchdown passes as Montoursville moved to 5-0.

Dillon Young caught a pair of touchdowns for the Warriors and kicked a 26-yard field goal.

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