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Jakhai Noss, sr., RB/DB, Steel-High: The senior scored in three different ways in an entertaining 21-14 win over Bishop Canevin. Noss recorded an 85-yard pick-6, then added TDs on the ground and on a reception, finishing with more than 100 yards of offense.
Blake Delevan, sr., WR/DB, Boiling Springs: Not a bad season debut for the senior, who scored two of the Bubblers’ first three touchdowns and ignited a 66-18 rout of Littlestown in the season opener. Delevan scored on a 70-yard reception from Liam Fisher, caught another 39-yard TD in the first half and then snagged a 50-yard pick-6 in the third quarter. He finished with two receptions, 109 yards, three total TDs and five tackles.
Erby Weller, sr., WR, Shippensburg: The Greyhounds battled the elements, a school lockdown and Cedar Cliff, ultimately beating it all 28-10. Weller had himself a night, hauling in six passes for 173 yards and a second-quarter touchdown. He was the only one to catch a pass for Ship all night.
Trae Kater, sr., RB/DB, Shippensburg: Kater also got in on the action Friday night, rushing for 96 yards and a 5-yard score on 13 carries. Kater also returned an interception 85 yards to pay dirt. The win exacted revenge for a District 3 playoff loss last year.
Marcus Sweeney, sr., WR/DB, Hershey: The Trojans dropped a 25-14 decision to Mid-Penn returnee Gettysburg to start the season, but Sweeney did his best to keep them in it, hauling in six passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. He also had a 4-yard carry and recorded five tackles.
Alex Yost, sr., RB, Altoona: The Mountain Lions got a 2-yard TD plunge from Yost in with 1:02 left to ice Hollidaysburg 19-9. Yost finished with a pair of 2-yard TDs, including the game’s first score in the second quarter, and finished with 21 carries for 165 yards, both game-highs.
Juan Figueroa, so., RB, Palmyra: Thank Figueroa for the Cougars’ first win of the season, a 14-6 triumph over Lebanon. The sophomore scored the Cougars’ only TDs, both in the second half, on an 11-yard reception and 15-yard dash. He finished with 28 carries for 157 yards and two receptions for 14 more stripes.
JD Hunter, sr., RB/DB, Cumberland Valley: It took Hunter’s heroics for the Eagles to put away Manheim Township for good in a 31-27 thriller, one of the best games of the weekend. Hunter returned a punt 78 yards for a third-quarter score that got CV within 27-24, then he hauled in a 70-yard TD pass from Isaac Sines in the fourth quarter to win the game. Hunter ended the night with two grabs for 68 yards and six total tackles.
Drew Branstetter, so., QB, Camp Hill: The Lions routed Newport 43-7 in Branstter’s debut helming their offense. He finished 15 of 22 for 291 yards and three touchdowns, hitting Noah Doi, Kobe Moore and Alex Long (who also had a fumble recovery TD) for scores. Branstetter also punched one in on the ground.
Timmy Bonin, sr., QB, Northern: It was all Polar Bears in a 45-6 win over Red Land. Bonin had himself one of the best nights under center in the Mid-Penn, completing 16 of his 23 passes for 250 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers that covered 23, 37 and 51 yards each.
Keith Oates, jr., QB, East Pennsboro: Oates quarterbacked a 34-14 win over York Suburban, having his hands in multiple facets of the game. He finished 4 of 7 for 119 yards and two touchdowns passing, ran for another 81 yards and a score on 18 carries and finished with four tackles and a pass deflection as one of the few QBs to pull double duty.
Marcus Quaker, jr., QB, West Perry: Marcus Quakers did it all for the Mustangs against Susquenita in Week 1. The junior finished a weather-delayed match up with 138 rushing yards (two touchdowns) and another 151 passing yards. Not too shabby.
Brady Morgan, sr, RB/DB, Upper Dauphin: Morgan erupted in Upper Dauphin’s season-opening bout with backyard opponent Williams Valley, but his productivity wasn’t quite enough as the Trojans tumbled 42-30. Morgan rushed the ball just nine times, but he piled up 160 yards and a pair of scores – including an early 97-yard romp. He also caught the ball three times for 25 yards and a touchdown.
Waylon Ehrenzeller, sr, RB/ILB, Juniata: Ehrenzeller uncorked a strong two-way performance in Juniata’s 20-7 victory over Clearfield – a season-opening victory that began Friday night and carried into Saturday. While Ehrenzeller rushed 13 times for 85 yards and one touchdown, he also recorded seven tackles and one quarterback sack.