Week 4 power rankings
1. Jersey Shore (4-0): It might not appear so, but Jersey Shore has been a bit sloppy the last two weeks, committing 14 penalties in those games and fumbling five times against Shikellamy. Yes, the Bulldogs have won those games in convincing fashion, but its mistakes like those that let them know they still can play a lot better.
2. Canton (4-0): Selfishly, I was upset when Canton installed lights at Miller A. Moyer Field. It always was fun having Saturday afternoon games to cover there when no lights existed. But it sure is fun when Canton hosts one afternoon game a year. That goes double when it’s a showdown between District 4 Class A contenders as it will be tomorrow.
3. Loyalsock (3-1): If Loyalsock can come out of a brutally tough three-game stretch against state-ranked teams 2-1 that would say a lot, especially with two being road games. Equally impressive a team known for explosive offense over the years is building quite a defense, one which can take games over if the offense struggles.
4. Muncy (3-0): About the only negative coming out of last week’s Old Shoe win was that Muncy’s starters could not play much. Following a week off, the score grew so big, so quick that coach Sean Tetreault pulled the starters less than halfway through the second quarter. Keep an eye on Muncy’s conditioning as the Indians get into more four-quarter battles.
5. Milton (3-0): Mount Carmel wore it down late, but it feels like Milton proved as much during last week’s game at the Silver Bowl as it did in winning its first three games. Milton built a halftime lead against the state’s second-ranked Class AA team and gave it quite a battle before the Tornadoes scored two touchdowns late to seal it. The bottom line is Milton showed it can hang with an elite team.
6. Montoursville (3-1): A reporter who shall remain nameless ranked Marco Pulizzi outside the Top 25 in his preseason Top 50 players to watch for 2022. Pulizzi seems to be using that as motivation and is excelling on both sides of the ball. The senior leads the District 4 in receiving yards with 391 and is second in both catches (18) and touchdowns (5).
7. South Williamsport (3-1): The Mounties ironed out the wrinkles that popped up in the opener over these past three weeks. It feels like a good time to go against Canton since it has a head of steam. This also gives South a barometer to see where it’s at with a possible rematch with Canton coming in districts at some point.
8. Hughesville (2-2): A few weeks ago coach Howard Rainey said he believed his defense had the potential to score as many touchdowns as it allows. Take away the Week 2 game against state-ranked Loyalsock and he has been right. The Spartans have scored three defensive touchdowns (four counting a special teams blocked punt touchdown) and have surrendered just three in those three other games.
9. Williamsport (1-3): It’s not high school related, but how great is it seeing Treyson Potts playing again at Minnesota following last year’s scary injury? Potts is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and has scored three touchdowns for the undefeated Golden Gophers.
10. Wellsboro (0-4): I’m sure it’s little comfort, but Wellsboro but might be the best area 0-4 team this reporter has covered in his 24 seasons covering this beat. The Hornets have been tied or led at halftime three times, so it’s a matter of finishing things off at this point.
11. Central Mountain (0-4): The losses sting but there were signs of improvement last week. The defense played one of its best games and Rocco Serafini reached a career-high in rushing yards.
12. Lewisburg (0-4): After playing its last three games against teams who are a combined 10-2, two which are ranked among the state’s top three, Lewisburg certainly is battle-tested entering tonight’s game. As difficult as that stretch was, it could pay dividends down the stretch.
13. North Penn-Mansfield (0-4): The Panthers played their best game last week and had undefeated Northwest on the ropes. It was a big step forward and quarterback Karson Dominick can do a lot of damage when he has time to throw.
14. Montgomery (1-3): I know I bring this up a lot, but one looks at teams like Montgomery, Wyalusing, Cowanesque Valley and CMVT and sees they all have fewer or similar numbers and youth to Sayre this year. Yet, unlike Sayre, these programs have fought on. There’s a lot to be said for that and those schools should take pride in not giving up.
15. Bucktail (1-2): This offense is young and exciting. Bucktail has scored 90 points in its first three games and features a bevy of playmakers, almost all who are underclassmen. The Bucks are building something good.
16. Cowanesque Valley (0-4): Speaking of underclassmen, all of CV’s stat leaders fall into that category. They are doing some exciting things and laying a foundation into the future.
17. Warrior Run (0-4): The result was not what it wanted, but Warrior Run showed marked defensive improvement against Hughesville. That is a big step forward.