The Times-Tribune - - Local Sports - — MARTY MY­ERS

2-1 Scran­ton Prep (12-0) vs. 4-1 Loy­al­sock Twp. (8-4) When: Fri­day, 7 p.m. Where: Wil­liamsport Area High School. Note­wor­thy: The win­ner ad­vances to the PIAA Class 3A quar­ter­fi­nals against the win­ner of Thurs­day’s Middletown vs. Wy­omiss­ing game at Her­shey­park Sta­dium.

Play­ers to watch: Scran­ton Prep — Matt Gil­martin, RB. Has not only run for more than 1,300 yards, but is also av­er­ag­ing 19.9 yards as a re­ceiver. Loy­al­sock — Sam New­ton, CB. The speed­ster in­ter­cepted three passes in the District 4 fi­nal win over Danville.

Scout­ing Scran­ton Prep: In­juries can slow a team down, but they’ve ac­tu­ally proved to be a gift in dis­guise for the Cava­liers. Yes, they’re healthy, but those missed games by starters al­lowed re­serves to step in, make valu­able con­tri­bu­tions and build depth. On de­fense, the Cava­liers have shutouts in half their games.

Scout­ing Loy­al­sock: Plenty of weapons on of­fense, with QB Con­nor Watkins throw­ing 29 TD passes and re­ceiver Ger­ald Ross catch­ing a school-record 14 of those. Watkins is also a dan­ger­ous run­ner and punt re­turner. TB Cole Ca­vanaugh has topped 1,000 yards for a sec­ond straight sea­son for the Lancers. But can their de­fense (20 ppg) slow down Prep?

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