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DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Jersey Shore‘s Tate Sechrist pressures Montoursville quarterback Bryce Eberhart on Friday night.

JERSEY SHORE — Moments after Friday’s game ended, an elementary school student caught the eye of Brady Jordan. These young players are some of the high school team’s biggest fans and often try to impersonate their former role models near the bleachers as the game unfolds.

Copying Jordan, however, is no easy task. He does a lot of things normal athletes can’t and unloaded that full arsenal on senior night at Thompson Street Stadium as Jersey Shore continued to roll the opposition.

Jordan totaled 271 yards and five touchdowns in an electric first half, helping Jersey Shore edge rival Montoursville, 58-0. Jordan passed for 100 rushing yards, 100 passing yards, ran for three touchdowns and threw for two. Oh yeah, he also intercepted a pass and helped the Bulldogs (8-0) score on all eight possessions in the first half as they took a 51-0 lead.

Jordan is like all of his teammates. He is selfless and focused on the team’s goals. not individuals. It was also 100% accurate.

Jersey Shore dominated every facet with the starting defense allowing just six yards on 37 plays. Connor Griffin (91 yards) caught two long touchdowns, Kooper Peacock excelled on special teams and the four-time defending Class AAAA District 4 champions won their 27th straight regular season game. They’ve also built momentum for next week’s showdown in Canton, the top-ranked Class A team in the state.

DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Jersey Shore’s Hadyn Packer jumps on Montoursville’s Dylan Keyte on Friday night.

Jersey Shore produced its second straight shutout and the starting defense has yet to allow a run this season. Through it all, Jordan still managed to stand out. An all-state selection as an athlete last season, the senior leader drove for 81 yards in Jersey Shore’s first drive that ended with Hadyn Packer’s first of two touchdowns. He closed out the quarter by hitting Griffin with a 38-yard touchdown pass and a seven-yard run.

The touchdown against Griffin was particularly impressive because Jordan fumbled the snap before picking it up, scanning the field and hitting Griffin with a dime. He has now produced 22 scores this season despite often not playing much in the second half.

After Breck Miller threw a 35-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter and Packer added another touchdown, Jordan did some of his best work. A 2,000-yard passer/1,000-yard rusher last season, Jordan scored on rushes for 12 and 36 yards to put Jersey Shore up, 44-0. The 36-yard run showed what makes Jordan especially dangerous as he dodged a tackle in the backfield, faked a defender with a brilliant stutter and sprinted for the score.

He’s got the arms and the legs, but what helps Jordan build last year’s super season is his mind.

“He really understands what we want to do, whether it’s running or throwing,” Jersey Shore coach Tom Gravish said. “Him and I can have conversations before he leaves or after touchdowns about what he saw there. I love these conversations we have about what he saw there.

DAVE KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette Jersey Shore’s Hadyn Packer scores a second quarter touchdown against Montoursville on Friday night.

Jersey Shore ruled their eighth opponent for mercy and did so at halftime for the seventh time. These blowouts have often prevented Jersey Shore from pitching as much as they have in the past. So the Bulldogs shot when they could and prepared for the playoffs by executing the offense perfectly without a huddle in the final 38 seconds.

In fact, the Bulldogs run without a huddle all the time at Indy 500 speed, so it was pretty comfortable taking control at his 38 and three timeouts remaining. Jordan hit Griffin and Peacock with quick passes before the next two pitches were incomplete. There were only 1.9 seconds left, but for an average offense of 62 points per game, it was more than enough.

Rolling left, Jordan spotted Griffin breaking free on the left sideline. He hit Griffin in stride and Griffin broke a tackle, going the rest of the way untouched for a 48-yard touchdown that made it 51-0 at halftime.

“Connor is a great player and he had a great run. I threw the ball and he made a great play after the catch. said Jordan. “Our coaches are doing a great job all week preparing us for times like this.”

“Our offensive line was blocking really well. I did a little inward movement on the guy, a little different from what I normally do, just so I could shake him up a bit. said Griffin. “I went down to the sideline and Brady just threw a perfect ball at me.”

Griffin ignited the fire for a stifling defense that bottled up anything Montoursville (4-4) attempted when he made a jarring tackle and busted a pass on Montoursville’s second play. All the pieces of the defensive machine were intertwined and the starters gave up only one first down in their three quarters. They also limited the Warriors to two yards in the first half on 28 plays.

In addition to bottling up the run, Jersey Shore frequently pressured Bryce Eberhart, forcing several rushing throws. Tate Sechrist was on two sacks with Gabe Andrus and Stone Sechrist having others. Zach Rooney, Dierk Stetts and Luke Springman shone on the inside line and linebacker Payton Samar made two key first plays as Jersey Shore asserted itself early and often.

Jersey Shore’s ability to invade the backfield paid huge dividends, with Jordan intercepting a pass and the defense frequently forcing Montoursville to kick from deep within their territory. Peacock dazzled when making those punts, producing 87 yards on three straight returns, setting up short touchdowns each time.

“Our coaches always say to impose your will straight away and set the tone,” said Griffin. “We all trust each other. We know we have our zones and we stick to our jobs and we will do well.

“(Defensive) Coach (Alex) Jackson is doing a great job setting us up for the week,” said Jordan. “He sets us up well for what we’re going to see and we just have to go out and execute him.”

Montoursville was hit hard by injuries but fought hard all game. The Warriors did a few things well and it was more about going against a state-ranked team operating at near maximum capacity. Montoursville had a good drive in the fourth quarter and moved to the 5-yard line. Paul Hale, however, interrupted a potential touchdown pass and Jersey Shore held on. He then set up a 96-yard drive that Miller capped off with his first high school touchdown, a 9-yarder.

Rooney, Springman, Jared Palski Owen Vandruff and Dyson Delaney pounced all night and led the way for Jersey Shore by gaining 337 yards in the first half. The Bulldogs scored not only often, but quickly. Their eight scoring drives totaled 8 minutes and 19 seconds. The longest was 2:14 and Jersey Shore averaged 9.1 yards per game.

“We need to kick a few more times tonight and work on that and we played situational football with the clock. We had a very good training and we expected to play well. said Gravish. “Coach Jackson did a great job with the defense and all the assistants did a good job with the attack. We are improving, but I still think we haven’t played our best attacking football.

Montoursville played well defensively and rookie Christian Banks continued to impress. His sack closed out the first quarter with a sack to force Jersey Shore to settle for Miller’s basket. Ethan Wanner, Corbin Frey, Matthew Conklin and Cole Yonkin were also on the tackle for the loss as Montoursville continued to fight regardless of the situation.

“Montoursville has good players. They have very good defensive linemen and good linebackers,” said Gravish. “Yards are not easy against them.


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