Joey Masser football

Shamokin Area’s Joey Masser makes a completion during a game against North Schuylkill Friday at Kemp Memorial Stadium.

Shamokin undoubtedly had a tough matchup last week with North Schuylkill, but the Indians will open Week 3 with a favorable matchup in their HAC-I opener against Central Mountain tonight at Kemp Memorial Stadium.

Shamokin (1-1, 0-0 HAC-I) will face a Wildcat team that struggled both offensively and defensively last week against the HAC-I favorite Green Dragons during a 55-7 loss, while the Indians were able to adjust and find success in the second half of their game against North Schuylkill last week despite a 19-point loss.

The Green Dragons held Central Mountain to 173 total yards last week and the Wildcats were not able to score until reserve quarterback Peyton Johnson connected with a 7-yard strike late in the fourth quarter to Tanner Williamson.

Lewisburg found major success on the ground under sophomore running back Max Moyers, who ran the ball 370 yards on 17 carries for six touchdowns through less than three quarters of play.

In Week 1, Central Mountain also gave up a large amount of points to District 4 powerhouse Williamsport in a season-opening 62-26 loss.

Last year, Shamokin gave Central Mountain its only win of the season during a 28-14 decision.

Due to Central Mountain’s 5A classification, the class 3A Indians will be able to gain a large amount of district points with a victory tonight, which could pay dividends in the future if Shamokin puts itself in position to qualify for the district postseason.

Three-year Wildcat head coach Jim Renninger will return to Shamokin for the second time in his career despite his position being opened by the school board in April 2018.

Shamokin head coach Henry Hynoski did not respond to a request for comment on the upcoming game.

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