BAKER'S SPORTS PEN: PUTTING A WRAP ON THE DISTRICT 4 FOOTBALL POSTSEASON
The local football season may have ended two weekends ago with Athens, Canton and Troy all dropping decisions in their respective playoff contests. However, District Four wrapped up its post-season tournaments this past weekend with plenty of outstanding games.
Let’s take a quick look at those results and highlights to put a wrap on this year’s abbreviated season.
Muncy, after capturing its third consecutive Class A championship with a win over Canton, kicked off its play in the PIAA Tournament.
Playing against fourth-ranked Steelton-Highspire, the Indians lost a 50-43 shootout. Muncy, ranked seventh in the state, found itself trailing 36-14 at the half.
The Steelton offense netted 409 yards through the air and 639 total yards for the game.
Muncy’s Ethan Gush ran for 155 yards and a score. Quarterback Branson Eyer threw for 244 yards and four scores. His cousin, Ross Eyer, had three touchdown receptions en route to 143 yards.
Ty Nixon opened the game’s scoring with an 86-yard touchdown connection from Eyer. However, that was the last time Muncy would lead in the game.
Muncy completes a 7-2 season.
South Williamsport dropped a 49-14 score to undefeated Southern Columbia in the Class AA title game.
South Williamsport (5-2) had defeated Troy the previous week to advance to the finals.
Zach Miller rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns against Southern and finished with 1,072 yards – tops in the Northern Tier League this season.
Southern’s Gavin Garcia netted four scores and 168 yards on just six carries. The Tigers led 42-0 at the half and finished with 491 total yards.
Southern, now 8-0, will travel to Altoona for a 1 p.m. Saturday contest against Richland Township (8-1) in a PIAA quarterfinal-round contest. Richland defeated Cambria Heights 26-7 in the District 6 title game.
Danville captured the Class AAA title with a 31-21 win over Montoursville. The loss denied the Warriors what would have been their third straight championship.
Montoursville led 21-7 at the half. Quarterback K.J. Riley rallied the winning Ironmen as they put 24 second-half points on the scoreboard. Riley ran for a pair of scores, threw for another (his second of the game), and for good measure, chipped in with a 27-yard field goal in the game’s final 24 minutes.
Montoursville wraps up an 8-1 season. Danville takes an 8-1 record into the PIAA Tournament. The Ironmen will host Archbishop Carroll (2-2) of District 12 in the quarter-final round on Saturday in a 1 p.m. start.
Jersey Shore captured its third consecutive Class AAAA championship with a dominating 54-0 win over Shamokin. The Bulldogs will visit Crestwood for a Friday night quarterfinal-round matchup in the PIAA Championships in a battle of 8-0 squads.
Jersey Shore led 41-0 at the half. Avery Anderson scored four touchdown, three rushing, during the early blitz, to lead the Bulldogs to the convincing victory.
Montgomery’s Kaide Drick also eclipsing 1,000 yards on the season with a 170-yard effort against Hughesville. Drick finished in back of Miller with 1,035 yards. Hughesville defeated Montgomery in a non-playoff game 26-7.
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