Perhaps it’s just me, but does it seem like the Cougars’ loss to Coatesville to open the season was three months ago? CD East is a 1-3 team that has played a formidable schedule the first month.
Taking the Panthers out behind the woodshed in 24 minutes is flat out impressive.
Quarterback Kane Everson eclipsed 1,000 total yards for the season in this game. And it seems as though the senior is just getting started.
Everson has thrown for nearly 900 yards on 42 completions (21 yards per completion) with 13 touchdowns. He’s also rushed for 350 yards with four scores. He’s spreading the ball around to an extremely deep receiving corps, too. His most impressive asset, though, is a 72-percent completion percentage.
We took a trip to Elliottsburg in Week 4 to get a peek at West Perry. The Mustangs are a legitimate player in the wide-open chase for the Mid-Penn Colonial Division title.
Kenyon Johnson and Terrance Quaker are as good as their early-season numbers indicated. But I was looking beyond these two and saw some pieces that indicate they are more than a two-player team.
First, the offensive line is vastly improved and playing with confidence.
They will give up some points, though, if the defense doesn’t improve its tackling along the defensive line. Most importantly, I saw a winning confidence and belief.
Don’t look now but Susquehanna Township is 2-2. The Indians first eight quarters of the season were a nightmare after getting blown out by Manheim Central and handing a victory to Milton Hershey late.
Taking out a quality Huntingdon squad on the road was a shot of confidence coach Joe Headen’s crew needed, and they validated that by thumping a struggling Lower Dauphin team 34-7 on the strength of three touchdowns and 149 rushing yards from Troy Ambush II.
The best game in Week 4 took place in Shippensburg, where the Greyhounds and Waynesboro played a thriller that extended into overtime.
Running back Adam Houser gave Ship a 20-14 lead in the fourth quarter with an 11-yard run. But the extra point was no good. That lingering point always makes a tight game more entertaining. It just kind of hangs out there.
Waynesboro put together a last-gasp drive fueled by quarterback Jay Alvarez.
The Indians scored late on an Alvarez 1-yard pass to Johnny Hoffman. An extra point and Waynesboro most likely wins.
But the Greyhounds blocked the extra point to force overtime. Wow.
Given a second life, Houser scored from eight yards in overtime to finish with 163 rushing yards and push Shippensburg to 4-0.
What an impressive victory by Chambersburg on the road at MPC Commonwealth Division newcomer Altoona. The Trojans are an impressive 4-0 after the 48-28 victory that wasn’t nearly as comfortable as the 20-point final margin indicates.
The Mountain Lions used a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 21-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to close to within 34-28 with 6:52 to play.
Powered by junior running back Keyshawn Jones and quarterback Brady Stumbaugh, Chambersburg delivered in closing time with 14 unanswered points. Jones, who has eclipsed 100 yards rushing in all four games, had a season-high 245 yards on 25 carries including a late 10-yard touchdown run to ice this one for the Trojans.
Central Dauphin rallying from a shocking loss at home to Manheim Township in Week 3 to soundly subdue Cumberland Valley by 30 points is impressive. The Eagles are struggling big-time for sure. And the Rams made sure that continued. It was the 37 points scored by CD that really stood out.
Hershey had been knocking on the victory door this season despite being 0-3 heading into its matchup at home with Mechanicsburg. It wasn’t pretty or easy, but the Trojans are no longer seeking victory No. 1. Congratulations to the Trojans.
The chase for the coveted Tri-Valley League is not about one or two teams and a few targeted games. It’s going to be a dog fight to the finish and it appears no fewer than seven teams are in play after Susquenita shocked Williams Valley 29-7. The Blackhawks winning is one thing. But a 22-point victory? That’s impressive.
Halifax sits at the top of the table with a 2-0 TVL mark. Tri-Valley, Williams Valley, Upper Dauphin, Pine Grove, Line Mountain and Susquenita all hold 2-1 records in the TVL heading into Week 5. Yeah, this is going to be fun!