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DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Jersey Shore’s Hadyn Packer (44) looks for running space against Pottsville. Packer and the Bulldogs host undefeated Mifflinburg in a 4-0 battle of teams tonight.

Mifflinburg PPG–39.8, YPG–362; PPA–7.0, YPA–132.5

Mifflinburg Notes: Tonight’s matchup of undefeated teams features two of the district’s best offenses…and defenses. You had the idea. Both teams are off to great starts and Mifflinburg has two shutouts and held Central Mountain to seven points last week. The Wildcats finished last year strong and returned a quality core from this team. Shamokin are the only team to reach double figures against Mifflinburg, which forced nine turnovers. Andrew Diehl is one of the region’s best all-rounders and intercepted three passes, returning one for an interception in last week’s 35-7 win. Diehl scored touchdowns four different ways, leading the team in rushing and receiving while producing 539 yards and 10 touchdowns. Kyler Troup has two sacks and Emmanuel Ulrich anchors both lines, making a team-high eight tackles for the loss. Quarterback Troy Dressler will throw at Wake Forest in two years and is one of the best quarterbacks in the district, passing for 1,800 yards last season. He threw a touchdown pass every game and was 25 of 34 with three touchdowns in a 35-0 win at Central Columbia. Mifflinburg opened their season with back-to-back shutouts and Dressler spread the ball well, hitting nine different receivers in that center win. The Wildcats are second in District 4’s AAA rankings, battling Danville and Loyalsock for the top spot.

Mifflinburg player to watch – Lucas Whittaker: The senior defensive end is having a great season, averaging eight tackles per game and seven for the loss. He was a force against Central Mountain a week ago, making 12 solo tackles, four losses and 25 of his 32 tackles this year are solos.

Jersey Shore PPG–59.3, YPG–409.3; PPP–6.0, LPJ–92.5

Jersey Shore Notes: The four-time defending Class AAAA District 4 champions topped a team at halftime for a fourth straight game at Shikellamy last week, but weren’t happy with his overall performance. The Bulldogs totaled a season low in yards and made some unusual mistakes. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs still won convincingly and the starting defense made it four straight games without allowing a point. The starters haven’t given up a first down the past two games and defensive end Tate Sechrist had a big game against Shikellamy, producing a sack and returning a fumble for a touchdown. Dierk Stetts is tough in the middle of defense and also had a sack while nose tackle Zach Rooney added two tackles for the loss. Two-time All-State linebacker Hadyn Packer also had two tackles for the loss and leads the zone in rushing touchdowns with nine. Quarterback Brady Jordan was involved in four touchdowns last week and threw at least one touchdown pass every game. Kooper Peacock has 160 yards and two touchdowns over the past two weeks and Connor Griffin is also a dangerous threat after a strong 2021 season. Sechrist and Elijah Jordan provide valuable offensive depth and both have had big runs this season. Jersey Shore beat Mifflinburg in the district semifinals two years ago to start its run to the state finals. Jersey Shore moved up to No. 1 in the district standings last week and would gain home-court advantage in all districts if it retained its spot.

Jersey Shore player to watch–Stone Sechrist: The senior linebacker is having his best season and is combining with Peyton Samar to complement Packer. Sechrist has 10 tackles over the past two games, including two for losses. He also had three quarterback dispatches against Shikellamy and both forced and recovered fumbles.

Outlook: This is one of the District’s most anticipated games and presents the Jersey Shore defense with its biggest challenge yet. Mifflinburg have made tremendous progress over the past two seasons, so Jersey Shore will face a confident and hungry team tonight in what should be fun.

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