Sun-Gazette power rankings: Week 6
1. Montoursville (5-0): Warriors have 10 interceptions this season. Part of that is excellent coverage and another big part is the hard-charging front seven forcing hurried throws.
2. Jersey Shore (4-0): Last week’s last-minute postponement was the first thing this season which has slowed down Jersey Shore.
3. Williamsport (5-0): Obviously, Williamsport is disappointed it allowed two long touchdowns last week. Still, surrendering just 50 yards on the 41 other plays shows how stifling this defense can be.
4. Muncy (5-0): Two-way starter Gage Wertz has flown under the radar the last few seasons, but has played a critical role in the team’s success and made some potentially game-saving plays last week.
5. South Williamsport (3-0): A victory against Athens would provide South hopes of hosting a District 4 Class AA playoff game a major boost.
6. Loyalsock (3-1): It must be extra satisfying for coach Justin Van Fleet to see so many young players producing and knowing that the future looks as good as the present.
7. Canton (2-0): Thumping undefeated Athens after not having played a game in a month says all one needs to know about how tough the Canton players are.
8. Central Mountain (4-1): Highlighting this team’s improvement, all four wins are against teams which defeated it last year.
9. North Penn-Mansfield (2-1): Linebacker Brett Harvey is one of the area’s premier playmakers and is averaging 14.7 tackles per game.
10. Wellsboro (2-1): Three weeks off apparently only made the defense stronger. Green Hornets have surrendered just two offensive touchdowns in three games.
11. Montgomery (2-3): Kicker Gabe McNear provides Montgomery quite a special teams weapon. In addition to kicking three field goals and drilling extra points that would be good from more than 30 yards out, he consistently pins opponents back with his booming kickoffs.
12. Lewisburg (1-4): Defensive end Owen Ordonez has built off a breakthrough sophomore season and is among the area sack leaders with 4.5.
13. Hughesville (1-4): Hunter Herr has made the most of his three catches the last two weeks, producing 100 yards.
14. Bucktail (1-4): Playing South as tough as it did speaks volumes about the growth this team is making.
15. Warrior Run (1-4): Yes, their victory against Mount Carmel came via forfeit but Warrior Run players can hide that fact as they grow older. For example, I tell anyone who will listen that I beat 1994 Class AAA 100-meter state champion Jamar Kinder in the anchor leg of the 400 relay my senior year. He pulled a hamstring and walked, but still…
16. Milton (0-4): Better days are coming for this young team.
17. Cowanesque Valley (0-5): Indians are throwing the ball better than at any point since the program was reinstated in 2004.