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How former Mid-Penn players fared in college: Forrest Rhyne turns in a monster performance; Kuntz hauls in a TD; Gustafson notches his 5th straight 100-yard game and more

Five-star performance

Forrest Rhyne has been on a tear over the last month.

After recording 24 tackles in all of September for the 6-2 Villanova Wildcats, Rhyne, a former Waynesboro linebacker, has nearly matched that total in two different games in October.

Rhyne had another monster performance in a 31-18 loss to William & Mary on Saturday, recording 19 tackles and a quarterback hit at home. It’s his third double-digit tackling performance this season, falling one short of his career high of 20 set Oct. 9. He finished the month with 58 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack. 

The Wildcats went 3-1 during that stretch with wins over No. 3 James Madison, Albany and Rhode Island.

In on the action

Former Camp Hill tight end Zack Kuntz caught eight passes for 67 yards and a 5-yard TD, helping the Monarchs to a second win that snapped a five-game win streak by beating Louisiana Tech 23-20.

Looking back a week, Harrisburg grad Donte Kent had eight tackles in Central Michigan’s 39-38 loss to NIU. The Chippewas were off this weekend.

Western Carolina has won two straight, and Ronald Kent Jr. (Harrisburg) has five tackles between them, including two Saturday in a 41-21 win over Wofford.

Cody Gustafson (Shippensburg High) returned from Grove City College’s bye week and produced 13 catches for 131 yards, his fifth straight 100-yard performance and seventh of the season to put him above 1,000 for the season. Grove City lost for just the second time this year 28-24 to Washington & Jefferson.

Pete Haffner (State College) had five tackles, half a tackle for loss and half a sack in Lehigh’s 31-12 loss to Holy Cross.

Another former Little Lion had a tackle in Penn State’s 33-24 loss to No. 5 Ohio State.

Austin Peay’s Damion Barber (Harrisburg) had two tackles and half a tackle for loss in a 13-12 loss to No. 12 University of Tennessee-Martin.

Christian Arrington (Cumberland Valley) had a tackle in Rhode Island’s third straight loss, this one 45-24 to Maine.

PSAC performances

In this week’s Shippensburg Red Raiders installation: Evan Morrill (Lower Dauphin) caught six passes for 61 yards in a 24-23 victory over East Stroudsburg to move to 7-2. Bill Williams (Camp Hill) had 15 carries for 22 yards and a 17-yard reception. Middletown grad Laron Woody had 11 tackles (one TFL) and half a sack from his defensive tackle spot. Woody had six tackles (2.5 TFLs) and 1.5 sacks a week ago in a win over Millersville.

Yahmir Wilkerson (Harrisburg) had a 39-yard touchdown run on his only carry in West Chester’s 35-13 win over Lock Haven. 

Timmy Smith (Central Dauphin) had a 1-yard TD on his only carry, and Jaheim Morris (Cedar Cliff) ran 13 times for 28 yards in Millersville’s 30-7 loss to No. 21 Kutztown, its fourth straight loss.

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