BALD EAGLE TOWNSHIP – Central Mountain has been able to narrow the gap and stay out of mercy rule time in its first two football games. Now the Wildcats would like to improve to the point of getting a win.
Next chance comes up Friday night when the Shamokin Indians come to Malinak Stadium. Shamokin, under second-year head coach (and former Southern Columbia/Pitt/New York Giants player) Henry Hynoski, is 1-1 on the season, winning its opener by a 44-7 score over Milton and then getting handled on the road last Friday at Fountain Springs, falling to North Schuylkill, 56-6.
Central Mountain meanwhile showed some improvement in last Friday’s 48-18 loss at Lewisburg (1-1). The Wildcats dropped to 0-2 on the year and lost junior offensive guard Jake Welch to injury in the first half.
Shamokin was physically manhandled at North Schuylkill, the Spartans bolting to a 43-0 halftime lead. The Indians were held to five first downs and minus 31 yards rushing, not scoring until a late 65-yard pass play.
Shamokin defeated Central Mountain by a 35-6 score last year, on the way to a 6-6 mark in Hynoski’s first year on the job. They do return running back Brycen James who had a 75-yard score against the Wildcats a year ago. North Schuylkill held James to 15 yards on 4 carries last week.
There will be special pregame festivities to honor three former Central Mountain student athletes with their induction into the CMHS Hall of Fame. Cole Renninger (Basketball/Football),Jackie Rodabaugh (Soccer/Track) and Emily Williams (Basketball/Soccer/Tennis) will be recognized for their contributions to Wildcat athletics.
The record-online will offer live audio stream of the game with John Lipez and Tom Elling offering up the call to bring you all the action. The stream will go live approximately airtime 6:40 p.m. with the annual Central Mountain Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony.