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Sun-Gazette power rankings: Week 8

1. Montoursville (7-0): CJ Signor often does the dirty work which is so valuable winning, but that sometimes goes overlooked. How nice then for a senior who has played center and fullback this season to have the opportunity to run for three touchdowns last week.

2. Jersey Shore (6-0): It’s a testament to how far Jersey Shore has come the last eight seasons that people are questioning its prowess following consecutive wins in which it outscored the opposition, 37-9.

3. Williamsport (6-1): While the future looks bright and many underclassmen starters return next season tonight is the last shot at a district title for the seniors who arrived the year following Williamsport’s last championship. Expect those seniors especially to be emptying their barrels tonight.

4. Canton (4-0): Second chances do not come often. Third chances feel really remote. But that is exactly what the Canton has tomorrow.

5. Muncy (6-1): The Indians might prefer that tomorrow’s final is on the road. They have won their last three district championships on the road and are 5-0 on the road during those title runs while being 1-1 at home.

6. Loyalsock (4-2): Last week’s victory was one of the best character victories during coach Justin Van Fleet’s nine-year tenure. That in mind, don’t expect the Lancers to flinch if things grow tough tomorrow.

7. Central Mountain (4-3): The Wildcats already have written quite a story this season. Now they have a chance to produce quite a storybook finale.

8. South Williamsport (4-1): Considering its youth and the obstacles South has faced this season, this playoff appearance is as impressive as any it has made over the last nine years.

9. North Penn-Mansfield (2-2): It’s a shame North Penn-Mansfield never really had a chance to see how good it could be this season.

10. Montgomery (3-4): Like Muncy, Red Raiders might be glad tonight’s game is at Wellsboro. Red Raiders are 3-0 on the road this year and 0-4 at home.

11. Wellsboro (2-3): Green Hornets have a promising young core and getting another game tonight was a good move so those players can gain more experience.

12. Lewisburg (1-6): Only three area players have run for more yards than Max Moyers has during the 2000s.

13. Cowanesque Valley (2-5): Keep an eye on this team next year. One of the district’s youngest teams shined over the last two weeks and has a lot of exciting players returning in 2021.

14. Hughesville (1-6): Freshman Angelo Ferrigno could have a bright future and showed why last week, making a career-high nine tackles.

15. Bucktail (1-6): Amazingly, Bucktail put together a 23-play opening drive last week that took the entire first quarter and led into the second. More amazingly, it did not score on that drive.

16. Warrior Run (1-7): It has been a rough season, but Warrior Run has a shot at closing on a high note tonight.

17. Milton (0-6): See above.

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