Mount Carmel enters its Week 8 matchup with South Williamsport(4-3) in grand fashion.
The Red Tornadoes(5-2) have won back-to-back games, outscoring their opponents 83-0. This includes a 48-0 rout over Hughesville in Week 7.
What has made Mount Carmel so effective? Head coach John Darrah said it has been a good team effort on both sides of the ball.
“We’ve been playing well on defense, really aggressively,” Darrah said. “We’ve been picking things up. Tom Reisinger, Jack Chapman and Avery Demko have played well.”
Reisinger has thrown 6 touchdowns total the past three weeks and only two picks. The quarterback has 53 completions on 101 attempts to go along with 900 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Demko has averaged 17 yards per catch this season.
Chapman leads the team in receiving yards with 440. The tight end also has five touchdowns heading into Week 8 action.
Mount Carmel’s defense held Hughesville to 15 yards of total offense, including 32 carries for -18 yards.
Michael Hood and Conner Krakowski each recorded two sacks. The defensive unit had seven sacks versus the Spartans.
Hood leads Mount Carmel’s defensive unit in sacks with 8.5. Krakowski has three sacks from his linebacker spot.
Senior Tanner Karycki leads the Red Tornadoes in interceptions with two.
The Red Tornadoes’ offense had 292 yards from the ground attack as John Ayres carried the rock six times for 92 yards and a score.
Shane Weidner had seven rush attempts for 71 yards and a touchdown for Mount Carmel.
Tight end Jack Chapman had seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown.
The Red Tornadoes also had 18 first downs in the victory.
This week South Williamsport hosts the Red Tornadoes under the Friday night lights and are in need of a win to get back to its winning ways.
The Mountaineers lost their last two games by a combined score of 102-47.
South Williamsport trailed 38-13 at halftime versus Central Columbia last week.
However, the Mountaineers have shown the ability to put points on the scoreboard. South Williamsport dropped 27 on Central last week, 24 versus Muncy and over 50 versus Hughesville and Wyalusing Valley earlier this season.
“They have a good offensive line. Their ability to make their angles and pulls and their gap scheme offenses,” Darrah said of South Williamsport. “They’re impressive. Their defense is disciplined with the way they get in their fits.”
The Red Tornadoes have only faced South Williamsport twice over the past 10 years. The two teams have split those games.
Over the past few games, Mount Carmel has been able to make highlight reel plays on both sides of the ball and punish the opposition. The group has also been able to see younger players continue to develop.
“The last few games we’ve been able to build depth and give more guys an opportunity to play and contribute,” Darrah explained. “Kids have developed at different rates, we’ve been able to trust them a little bit more and give them more opportunities.”