Montgomery at Wyalusing

Montgomery PPG–26.4, PPA–23.4; YPG–297, YPA–262.8

Montgomery facts: Coming off a strong all-around performance against CMVT, Montgomery is hoping it can win out and find its way into the District 4 Class A championship. Montgomery is third in the standings after beating CMVT, 48-14, with the starting offense scoring on all seven possessions. The Red Raiders have thrown the ball more than any area team, but this is still a balanced offense and Kaide Drick is third among area rushers (460 yards) after running for 170 yards and three touchdowns against CMVT. Quarterback Logan Almeida has thrown for an area-high 883 yards and four Montgomery receivers are among the area’s top 10 in catches. Coltin Hans has caught three touchdowns over the last two weeks and Colby Springman is a threat running or catching the ball. The offensive line played its best game last week and consistently opened big holes for Drick to run through. Linebackers Devon Deem and Ben Marino were forces off the edge last week, combining for three sacks. Senior Brent Leon is having a big season up front and Logan Pick has provided excellent coverage in the secondary.

Montgomery player to watch–Thayden Miller: A valuable two-way starting linemen, Miller is enjoying a breakout season and twice has topped 10 tackles in a game. The defensive tackle, who also provides quality blocking, was strong against CMVT again, making five tackles, consistently closing running lanes and freeing up the linebackers.

Wyalusing PPG–25.8, PPA–14.3; YPG–352.5, YPA–272.3

Wyalusing facts: A vastly improved team, Wyalusing is a touchdown from being 4-0 after coming off consecutive 1-9 seasons. The Rams feature a dangerous offense and the defense has not allowed more than 21 points in a game. A year after nearly throwing for 2,000 yards, quarterback Mitchell Burke is doing damage with his legs as well, rushing for 283 yards and five touchdowns. Burke has totaled 858 yards and 10 touchdowns as well. He is one of three players who has topped 200 yards rushing, joining Kashawn Cameron and Alex Mosier. Wyalusing was off last week after edging Sayre, 18-15, two weeks ago. Wyalusing allowed 350 yards in that game but made several key stops. The top four teams advance to district in Class AA and Wyalusing is sixth.

Wyalusing player to watch–Kashawn Cameron: A dynamic playmaker with 359 receiving yards, Cameron is being utilized as a rusher, too, and ran for 85 yards on 10 carries against Sayre. He also caught 8 passes for 175 yards and scored the team’s three touchdowns.

Outlook: This could be one of Friday night’s best games. These are evenly matched teams with a lot to play for. Montgomery is looking for a signature win and tonight provides an excellent opportunity.


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