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Central Mountain routs Milton Area 49-6

Written by: on Saturday, October 3rd, 2020. Follow William Albright on Twitter.


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By Bill Albright Senior Writer

MILL HALL — After opening the 2020 season with a pair of wins over Shikellamy (33-6) and Selinsgrove (7-3), Central Mountain ran into another unbeaten team in Jersey Shore (3-0). They fell by the lopsided final of 55-7 to the Bulldogs.

Returning home Friday night for another PHAC conference outing against Milton, CM head coach James Renninger and his Wildcats were hoping to turn things around following the loss to arch-rival Jersey Shore. Their hopes came to fruition when the Wildcats dominated winless Milton by the 49-6 final to move to 3-1.

Although it took 48 minutes of clock time to complete the game, it only took 8:08 to put the handwriting on the wall as the Wildcats scored 21 points in the first 3:52 of the game. This blew things wide open.

The Wildcats scored twice in the first five minutes on a 32-yard reception by Cayde McCloskey from quarterback Brett Gerlach After a 37-yard blocked punt return by Tyler Weaver, the ‘Cats quickly built up their lead to 21-0. Quarterback Brett Gerlach hit Peyton Johnson for a 40-yard catch and run with just less than four minutes left in the period.

Already riding a 21-point lead, the Wildcats increased their lead to 28-0 when Ryan Pentz weaved and sprinted 40 yards to make the house call with 8:23 left in the first half.

Showing some signs of positive things, the Black Panthers scored a touchdown with 33 seconds left before the break to make the halftime score Central Mountain 28, Milton 6 on a Wade Young-to-Xavier Minium TD pass that covered 64 yards.

Keeping the momentum they had gained in the first half, the Wildcats got a quick six points. Kaden Falls made a house call of his own. He took the kickoff to begin the second half on his own 16 and 84 yards later had his six-pointer. The Wildcats showed their domination thanks to a four-yard TD run by Micah Walizer. This put the game into Mercy Rule mode at 42-6 with five minutes left in the third period.

The Central Mountain reserves closed out the scoring and set the final at 49-6. Brady Myers hit Connor Fultz with a 25-yard scoring aerial.

In addition to his touchdown, Weaver put the foot in football as he was perfect in PAT attempts with a 7-for-7 effort.

Individual leaders for the Wildcats were Gerlach with six completions on seven attempts for 162 yards, while Pentz finished with 89 yards rushing that included his touchdown.

Milton (0-4) 0 6 0 0 — 6

Central Mountain (3-1) 21 7 14 7 — 49

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