Jersey Shore vs. Lewisburg preview
Jersey Shore PPG–30.3, PPA–9.0; YPG–377.3, YPA–145.7
Jersey Shore facts: Following last Friday’s dramatic overtime win against Montoursville, Jersey Shore has an extra day to prepare and will face Lewisburg on Saturday night. The defending Eastern Region Class AAAA champions mounted a game-tying 85-yard drive in the final 62 seconds with no timeouts to force overtime against Montoursville before winning, 27-20. Quarterback Brady Jordan went 4 for 4 on the game-tying and game-winning possessions, totaling 98 yards. The first-time starter threw for a career-high 228 yards and three touchdowns. Cayden Hess caught the game-winning touchdown and became the first area player in history to reach 150 career catches. Connor Griffin played an excellent game and is emerging as a nice weapon, catching four passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin hauled in both a game-tying and 76-yard touchdown. Freshman Elijah Jordan ran for 97 second-half yards and Karter Peacock provided strong inside running. Jersey Shore has won 12 straight regular-season games and its defense is a major reason why. The defense made a critical late-game stop to give the offense a shot at a tie and forced three turnovers. Montoursville was just the third team in two years to reach 20 points against a unit which surrendered seven total points the first two weeks. All-state linebacker Haydn Packer was a force last week as was Tate Sechrist who collected two sacks. Conner Davis produced seven quarterback hurries and made one of the game’s biggest plays, stopping Rocco Pulizzi at the 1-yard line on a 4th-and-goal third-quarter play. Brady Jordan intercepted two passes and Kooper Peacock another.
Jersey Shore player to watch–Dierk Stetts: One of several first-time starters, the defensive lineman came up big against Montoursville and made four tackles, including one for a loss. He also made his first high school sack a memorable one, dropping quarterback Maddix Dalena at midfield on the final play of regulation to force overtime.
Lewisburg PPG–5.0, PPA–23.5; YPG–115, YPA–304.5
Lewisburg facts: The Green Dragons were off last week due to COVID-19 issues and are in the midst of a tough stretch of games which started against Montoursville two weeks ago. Saturday will be its first home game. Lewisburg played outstanding defense in its opener and was minutes from victory before dropping a 6-3 heartbreaker at Shamokin. The Dragons had some early shots at taking the lead against Montoursville and were down just 14-7 late in the first half before struggling over the final two quarters. Bucknell-bound Ethan Dominick has more than 1,000 career rushing yards and nearly 700 receiving yards. He totaled 127 yards and a touchdown against Montoursville. Quarterback Wade Young, who started at Milton last year, threw for a career-high 181 yards. Defensive Owen Ordonez is an excellent playmaker and three-year starter finished among the area’s sack leaders a year ago. He also made 11 tackles against Shamokin. Shane Farmer made a career-high 12 tackles in that game and Julian Alabakoff intercepted a pass. Dominick had two tackles for loss in that game. Safety Cam Michaels flourished during his sophomore season a year ago and also is a veratile offensive threat who led the team in receiving and was its second-leading rusher last fall.
Lewisburg player to watch–Logan Callison: The senior cornerback enjoyed a breakout season a year ago when he averaged eight tackles per game, intercepted a pass and forced a fumble. He likely will have an active role again Saturday after collecting 11 tackles in the season opener. Callison also could make an offensive impact, averaging 20.5 yards on his two catches this season.
Outlook: Lewisburg has looked good in spurts but for it to have a shot against Jersey Shore it must put four strong quarters together.