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Valley Sports Report
THE VALLEY — The NTL Coaches Cross Country Invite and Saturday night football at Athens headlines Saturday’s slate of action, which also includes a key league girls soccer match-up at Athens in the a.m.

South Williamsport (3-0) at Athens (3-1), 7 p.m.: 
The Wildcats are looking to bounce back from a 33-9 loss to Canton Monday, while the Mounties topped Bucktail, 28-8 last Friday.

South Williamsport’s Zach Miller is among the leading ground-gainers in District 4 with 397 yards, and the Mounties have scored 27.3 points per game. Athens allows 17 points per game.

South owns a 33-13 win over Montgomery, which hammered Wyalusing 43-19 Friday night, and a 21-14 win over Northwest Area (3-2). Athens has quality wins over Sayre (10-7) and Wyalusing (21-14).

The Mounties are allowing just 12.7 points per game, while Athens is scoring 21 points per game.

Junior Shayne Reid, who has rushed for 292 yards this season, has been dangerous both running the ball and catching it out of the backfield, while the aerial tandem of sophomore QB Mason Lister and junior receiver Karter Rude is becoming a dangerous threat.

NTL Coaches Invite, 9 a.m. @ NEB:
The regular-season Athens boys look to add a league title to their resume, but will face a stiff challenge from Wyalusing.

Sayre senior Carrie Claypool and Athens sophomore Emma Bronson will likely lead the Valley girls contingent.

Troy (4-1) at Athens (8-1-1), 10 a.m.:
The Lady Wildcats are coming off a 2-1 win at Towanda Wednesday, while the Lady Trojans have been off since a 2-1 loss to NEB on Sept. 26.

Athens is tied atop the NTL standings, but has the tiebreaker over Wellsboro. Troy only has one loss as well, but has yet to play Athens or Wellsboro.

Sayre (0-10) at NEB (8-2), 6 p.m. JV start:
The Lady Redskins were swept twice by Canton Thursday night in a rare volleyball doubleheader, while the Lady Panthers were swept by Canton Friday night.

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