Towanda at South Williamsport
Towanda PPG–11.8, YPG–189.8; PPA–31.0, YPA–257.4
Towanda facts: After four weeks of struggles, Towanda broke out last Friday and thumped CMVT, 45-8. The Black Knights erupted for 36 second-half points and produced a season-high 360 yards, including 322 on the ground. Rhyen West ran for a career-high 139 yards and a touchdown while also being a part of a defense which collected five sacks. Three players ran for more than 50 yards, including quarterback Mitchell Mosier who also threw two touchdown passes. Ten players have produced at least one sack and Mason Hartmann is averaging a team-best eight tackles per game. Wyatt Delameter, Clay Watkins and Ethan Sparrow are all averaging more than five tackles per game. This season will be the first since 2015 that Towanda does not qualify for the district playoffs.
Towanda player to watch–Trent Kithcart: The two-way starter ran for 67 yards and caught a touchdown against CMVT while also recording two sacks. Kithcart leads the team in receiving, is second in rushing and has four tackles for loss.
South PPG–25.0, YPG–292,3; PPA–17.8, YPA–247.3
South facts: A win tonight would clinch a ninth straight district playoff appearance. The Mounties are third in the District 4 Class AA standings and the top four advance. South built an 11-point second-quarter lead at Athens last week, but the run defense struggled from there and some costly mistakes led to a 35-18 loss. The Mounties held their first three opponents to 13 or fewer points and made two critical stops inside the 15-yard line in a 21-14 victory at Northwest. Lane Lusk and Grant Bachman each have two interceptions while Cam Greenaway added a crucial pick in a 33-13 victory at Montgomery. Jake Casella and Ryan Rischoff both have two sacks. Zack Miller ran for 170 yards against Athens and his 139 yards per game are second among area rushers. Miller ran for a career-high 256 yards and four touchdowns against Montgomery. Lusk has run for a touchdown in all three South wins and quarterback Landon Lorson has thrown for 350 yards, hitting Jake Casella with a last-second, game-winning 34-yard touchdown at Northwest. Grant Bachman is developing into a dangerous wide receiver and has 15 catches, 275 yards and three touchdowns over the last three games.
South player to watch–Ryan Casella: The freshman middle linebacker looks like a good one and has a mighty bright future. He already is second on the team in tackles, making 34 in his first four games. Casella made a season-high 10 tackles against Athens and is one of several promising young players South can build around the next few seasons.
Outlook: South is playing just its second home game so expect the Mounties to be pretty excited. Towanda is improving, so this is no cakewalk, but South is a hard-nosed team which always up for a challenge.