JERSEY SHORE -- East Juniata felt Jersey Shore's bite Friday in the first round of the District 4 Class AAA playoffs with a 54-25 loss.

After being held to a three-and-out on its first possession of the night and fumbling on its second, Jersey Shore went on a run, scoring on its next six possessions of the game with Eli Skinner scoring three of the touchdowns. "Taylor and I hooked up and he threw some good balls," said Skinner. "The coach made some great calls for us."

Along with scoring three touchdowns, Skinner also kicked six extra points for the Bulldogs. Skinner finished the day with four catches for 89 yards and the three scores.

"We are all feeling good heading into next week," said Skinner. "We know we have a tough game coming up, so we can't celebrate too long."

Jersey Shore (5-6) might have underestimated its opponent early in Friday's game. Following a three-and-out on Jersey Shore's first possession of the game, JJ Wert hit Dexter Herman for a 76-yard touchdown reception on the Tigers' first play from scrimmage.

"I was surprised when they came out throwing like they did," Jersey Shore coach Steve Eck said. "It woke our kids up. It was a good thing to happen early. It was key we took the ball down and got our kids believing again. It's what teams have done to us all year, our defensive backs are good scraping guys, but they aren't real tall. We moved some guys over to help them later in the game."

The touchdown would be the first of three for Herman, who caught four passes for 150 yards.

"I wanted to throw the ball a little bit more," East Juniata coach Tom Feltman said. "We did what we had to do to move the ball. We talked about our receivers being taller and the goal was to get them the ball."

Jersey Shore answered the long score by driving 80 yards down the field on its third possession of the game. Jake Potter finished the drive off with a 1-yard run, which started the Bulldogs' six consecutive scoring drives.

East Juniata's offense was only able to score once during Jersey Shore's scoring run, leaving the score at 42-13 heading into the fourth. The Tigers (3-8) then came to life in the fourth, punching two touchdowns in and holding the Bulldogs on a fourth-and-24 at the middle of the field.

Jake Wenrich came up with a big tackle in the series to force the fourth and long. Wenrich finished the day with 16 tackles. The defense held, then set up East Juniata's final score, an 18-yard toss on a halfback pass from Cody Cutler to Herman.

With four seconds left, East Juniata elected to kick to Ethan Robbins, who returned the kick 80 yards for the last score of the game.

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