Sun-Gazette power rankings for Week 3
1. Jersey Shore (2-0): Bulldogs hold area’s longest current regular-season winning streak at 11 games. Southern Columbia handed Jersey Shore its last regular-season loss in Week 7 of 2019.
2. Montoursville (2-0): The Warriors held a 28-game winning streak against Jersey Shore from 1986-2013. Since then, Jersey Shore has become a district power and the rivals have split the past six games.
3. Loyalsock (2-0): Do I think Loyalsock can beat Southern Columbia? No. Do I think they can compete with them? Maybe. And if the latter scenario comes to fruition, what a boost that would provide.
4. Williamsport (1-1): Connor Poole is following in Elliott Wannup’s footsteps, going from the soccer pitch to the football field and becoming a weapon. Poole kicked a late, game-tying field goal against Altoona and has made seven of eight kicks thus far.
5. Central Mountain (2-0): Remember the last time Central Mountain started 3-0? Me neither. You know why? Because it’s never happened.
6. Muncy (1-1): It feels like Muncy received the shaft, having to play a Thursday night game in Wyalusing after playing Saturday afternoon at CMVT. A more logical move would have been putting the Athens-Towanda game (rivals not separated by nearly two hours of driving) Thursday and moving Muncy-Wyalusing to Saturday.
7. Canton (2-0): Cooper Kitchen has thrown a touchdown pass on 30% of his completions over the last two seasons. Let me check my notes … yup, that’s pretty impressive.
8. Wellsboro (1-1): Watching Wellsboro give Montoursville a challenge in its opener, I believed that would help it a lot this season. I did not think it would lead to a win against South last Friday but the Hornets have shown they are for real and the excitement is building.
9. South Williamsport (1-1): Speaking of South, the Mounties are at an early season cross roads with Canton coming to town. This program often has shined when times get tough and here is thinking South will again tonight.
10. Montgomery (2-0): If it moves, Weston Pick will tackle it. The junior linebacker has seemingly been everywhere these first two weeks, making 34 tackles, including seven for loss. He was a machine against Northwest with 19 tackles and five for loss.
11. Milton (2-0): Confidence is soaring and that is huge for Milton as it tries changing its culture. The Black Panthers have some quality young players to build around and will have a good core back next year. This might just be the start of something good.
12. Lewisburg (0-2): Talk about a tough opening act. Lewisburg’s first four games are against teams which either played in or won district championships next year. That includes facing Class AAA state semifinalist and Class AAAA state finalist Jersey Shore these next two weeks.
13. North Penn-Mansfield (1-1): Linebacker Gavin Sexauer helped the Panthers blank Wyalusing in the second half last week and is enjoying an excellent breakthrough season. He has a game-high 23 tackles through two games.
14. Cowanesque Valley (1-1): I really like what is going on at CV. The Indians closed last year strong, beat Sayre for the first time in four years and have a nice mix of veterans and promising young players. Time will tell how this season goes, but optimism is high.
15. Hughesville (0-2): It has taken just two games for Hughesville to produce defensive and special teams touchdowns. The record does not show it yet, but progress is being made.
16. Warrior Run (0-1): Despite immediately falling behind by three touchdowns Warrior Run showed no quit last week. That is a good sign as is the chemistry Ryan Newton and Derek Thomas displayed.
17. Bucktail (0-2): The Bucks are one of the area’s youngest teams but have shown promise early and nearly evened their record last week. The move to playing District 9 teams, closer to it in enrollment could help Bucktail as the season continues.