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Liberty Division News and Notes

Entertaining its second opponent on its new artificial playing surface, Augie Glass’s Susquenita Blackhawks (1-1) hope to move above the .500 mark for the first time in 2022 when Schuylkill Valley (0-2) rolls into Cove seeking its first victory.

Glass’s bunch handled Biglerville 42-0 last weekend, riding an impressive individual effort from feature back Bryce McKee, who piled up 209 rushing yards on 20 carries and scoring on runs of 11, 2 and 14 yards. McKee amassed 173 rushing yards just in the first half.

Derek Gibney backed his classmate by completing 7 of his 11 pass attempts for 131 yards and a 20-yard touchdown throw to Kamar Lewis. Gibney added five runs for 29 yards, scoring twice.

Schuylkill Valley dropped a 31-14 verdict to Upper Perkiomen despite picking up 115 rushing yards and a pair of scores from quarterback Michael Goad. Dominic Giuffre chipped in 91 yards on 13 rushes, nearly rushing for 100-plus yards for the second weekend in a row.

Goad has thrown for 272 yards thus far, completing 25 of his 48 attempts. He’s been picked off five times and has yet to throw a touchdown pass. Giuffre has totaled 235 yards on 28 carries.

Upper Dauphin bracing for aerial attack

Following a comfortable 49-8 conquest of Shenandoah Valley — a victory that moved Kent Smeltz’s program to .500 (1-1) — Upper Dauphin will look for its second straight victory when pass-happy Camp Hill (2-0) invades Elizabethville’s Trojan Stadium.

UD rolled up nearly 300 yards rushing last week, getting 68 yards from Konner Walker on just three carries. Walker did rip off a 56-yard TD run against the Blue Devils. Branden Fetterhoff averaged 9 yards per pop, rushing four times for 36 yards and two scores.

Aiden Ritter paced the Trojans defense by making five stops, including three for losses when UD totaled 11 on the night, and one sack.

Camp Hill subdued reigning District 3 Class 2A champion York Catholic 20-17 — the Fighting Irish topped Upper Dauphin in last season’s championship game — behind 258 yards passing, three touchdowns and a pick from QB Drew Branstetter (30 of 51)

Mike Shartle caught eight passes for 80 yards and two of Branstetter’s TD throws. Noah Doi also had eight grabs, totaling 78 yards. Tim Bigelow’s Lions also picked up strong defensive efforts from Tommy Corbin and Luke Parise, who made 13 and 12 tackles, respectively.

Juniata’s difficult non-league slate continues

After splitting its first two outings against perennial hammers Clearfield and Selinsgrove, Kurt Condo’s Juniata Indians (1-1) will be on one sideline as a high-octane West Perry outfit (2-0) wheels into Klingensmith Stadium and sets up shop on the other.

Juniata bulled to a 14-0 lead at Selinsgrove as Waylon Ehrenzeller posted a pair of 2-yard scoring runs. Ehrenzeller finished with 121 yards on 15 carries, but also paced the Indians with nine tackles. The host Seals rallied, claiming victory in the final minute.

West Perry walloped Newport 55-0 as quarterback Marcus Quaker fired a handful of touchdown passes to four receivers and added a pair of TD runs. Quaker was 14 of 16 passing for 223 yards, finding favorite target Ian Goodling six times for 95 yards and two scores.

Trent Herrera added 82 yards rushing on seven attempts and caught three passes for 25 yards. The Mustangs defense also proved stifling, limiting Newport to 15 total yards.

Moving the sticks

Line Mountain (0-2) will try to begin climbing back to .500 when Brandon Carson’s Eagles visit neighborhood playmate Tri-Valley (2-0), a game that used to be one of the perennial fixtures in Twin Valley Conference play. For more, check out our Schuylkill County section.

James Buchanan (2-0) hopes to continue its early season success when Cliff Pine’s Rockets entertain Biglerville (1-1) in Mercersburg. JB knocked off Clear Spring (Md.) last weekend by a 14-6 count, while Biglerville was soundly popped by Susquenita 42-0.

Halifax (0-2) will be looking to crack the win column this weekend when Hancock (Md.) makes the lengthy journey to northern Dauphin County. While Earl Mosley’s club tumbled 48-14 at Midd-West, the Wildcats picked up an 88-yard touchdown run from Isaac Miller and an 80-yard TD heave from Teegan Carroll to Landon Areford. Miller finished with 115 yards on eight carries, but also posted 16 tackles — one fewer than Landan Klinger.

And Newport (0-2) will host Big Spring (0-2) at Katchmer Field. Todd Rothermel’s Buffaloes managed just 15 offensive yards in a 55-0 loss at West Perry, while Big Spring fell to Shippensburg 35-21 in a battle for the Little Brown Jug.

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