Milton, at 3-2, presents veteran challenge for winless Shamokin Area
If Shamokin Area is going to open the second half of its schedule with its first victory of the season, it's going to have to do it against a Milton squad that has its main strength in a group of senior skill position players.
The Black Panthers (3-2) show 16 seniors on a 36-man roster.
Brady Chappell is a four-year starter at quarterback.
Josh Brown is the leading rusher and touchdown producer.
Jayson English is not far behind Brown in rushing yards and touchdowns.
Brown and Greg Schultz are the leading receivers.
All are seniors.
Chappell has thrown for 456 yards and five touchdowns. Brown has caught nine of those passes for 165 yards, while Shultz has seven for 201 and three scores.
Brown has rushed for 406 yards and eight scores, while English has 401 and five touchdowns.
For an Indians' team that has struggled, those four will no doubt present a challenge.
Shamokin enters the game winless on the season and on the heels of a 32-6 loss to Lewisburg in which it played a pretty good first half before falling apart during the first eight minutes of the second.
It's been a pattern of sorts for the Indians. They've played well in spurts, but haven't put a complete game together.
First-year coach Yaacov Yisrael made a significant lineup change against the Green Dragons, starting senior Sean McLaughlin, the team's leading receiver on the season, at quarterback in favor of junior Tucker Yost.
McLaughlin hit on six of nine passes, but for only 51 yards, and rushed for 48 yards and the Indians' only touchdown.
Following the game, Yisrael said the decision on the starting quarterback for the remainder of the season would be made on a day-to-day, week-to-week basis.
Milton has probably played its two best games to date in a 38-34 loss to Mifflinburg and a 32-20 victory over Central Columbia. The other two Black Panthers' victories have come over winless teams in Warrior Run and Carson Long.