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Sayre at Montgomery preview

Sayre PPG–42.7, PPA–16.3; YPG–376.7, YPA–196.3

Sayre facts: The Redskins bounced back from a late loss against Cowanesque Valley by scoring 57 points in the first three quarters and defeating CMVT, 63-14, in its home opener. Sayre features a dangerous offense headlined by senior quarterback Brayden Horton who is second among District 4 passers in completion percentage and has produced a district-best 10 touchdowns. Horton is a three-year starter who did not play last season but who went over 1,000 yards in his first two years. He also leads the team in rushing (192) yards, is completing 75.4% of his passes and ran for four touchdowns against CMVT. Horton’s brother Luke, Josh Arnold and Jackson Hubbard all have caught 11 or more passes. David Northrup ran for 92 yards in a season-opening win at Towanda. Sayre’s defense allowed a first-quarter touchdown against CMVT and Towanda but was outstanding in those victories in the final three quarters. It allowed a season-high 335 yards against Cowanesque Valley when the Indians rallied in the second half to win. Sayre played just three games last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, going 1-2 with one of the losses coming in overtime and the other by three points.

Sayre player to watch–David Northrup: A valuable two-way starter with a lot of experience, Northrup ran for 205 yards in three games last year and also helps spark the defense. He intercepted a pass last week.

Montgomery PPG–31.0, PPA–11.3; YPG–329.3, YPA–176

Montgomery facts: Montgomery is 3-0 for the first time since 1999 and already has matched last year’s win total. The Red Raiders are playing strong defense and have not allowed more than 14 points in a game. That defense also has surrendered just one second-half touchdown. Linebacker Weston Pick leads the area in tackles (44) and tackles for loss (9). Thayden Miller and Bradley Leon both have been strong up front and Austin Kuhn has done a nice job replacing injured Braiden Beachel. Logan Almeida and Coltin Hans are part of a strong secondary which produced five interceptions and two for touchdowns in last week’s 46-13 win against Warrior Run. Almeida has a district-high six interceptions, including four a week ago. He also became Montgomery’s all-time leading passer and went over 3,000 career yards, throwing for 249 yards and two scores. Hans caught seven passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. The offensive line has jelled well and helped Colby Springman average more than 100 rushing yards per game. Springman also has scored in each game and made nine tackles against Warrior Run. He ran for a career-high 174 yards and two touchdowns against Northwest in a 27-14 comeback win. The Raiders scored 26 third-quarter points in Warrior Run and are outstcoring teams, 66-14, in the second half.

Montgomery player to watch–Devon Deem: A terrific three-year starting linebacker who helps lead a stingy defense, Deem also has emerged as an offensive threat. Deem is among the area’s receiving leaders, catching 13 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. Deem has caught at least four passes in all three games and produced a long touchdown against Hughesville in a 20-7 victory.

Outlook: This is Montgomery’s toughest opponent through the first four weeks an the most balanced team it has faced. The community is buzzing and expect Red Raider Stadium to be rocking tonight in what should be quite a fun game to watch.

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