There is no other place to start with your Saturday morning coffee in Week 1 of the 2016 season than where we left off in Week Zero. That would be Camp Hill.
Full props to the Lions, head coach Frank Gay and his staff for being able to put a truly brutal and ugly effort in the rearview mirror and move forward. That is not easy.
And the result of being committed to moving forward was a stellar 34-14 thumping of Lancaster Catholic on the road.
But I want to talk about the Lions’ new QB, junior Quinn Buffington. Last week it was very clear he was extremely nervous about his first start and filling some big shoes. You could see he has an arm. He just wasn’t ready.
I would say now ... yeah he’s ready. How about touchdown bombs of 85 and 64 yards. Or completing 11 of 17 passes for 272 yards and FOUR touchdowns. All this a week after completing only 3 of 17 passes.
Redemption is indeed a tasty under 21 age-appropriate cocktail. Enjoy yours Mr. Buffington. It was earned via the road of hard knocks. One cube with that, sir, or two?
When you pull of a major, major upset on the road against a state-caliber program the likes of Bishop McDevitt, the next week is what I call mystery meat. You just don’t know what you are going to get under that gravy.
Red Land took to the road with a win in its back pocket over McDevitt, but that was last week. Cocalico was just the caliber of opponent to derail the Patriots.
It wasn’t easy, but big plays were the key and head coach Chad Weaver and crew are 2-0 after a testy 7-point triumph. RB Justin Johnson’s 98-yard kickoff return certainly helped. So did QB Jake Radic throwing for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns on only five completions.
Hunter Briner was the main target with four grabs for 166 yards and both touchdowns.
Cedar Cliff 40, Penn Manor 0. The winning squad is no surprise. But wow, 40-0. The Colts are a sleeper, trust me. QB Grant Brenneman threw for 230 yards and four touchdowns. And he threw those four TD’s to three different wideouts. Sounds about right. The Colts have become a wide receiver producing machine.
Time for that Iron Spike Bowl Trophy to spend a year in Middletown. The Blue Raiders handled Lower Dauphin 27-7.
Any time Middletown rolls up 189 rushing yards and 131 passing yards while running only 42 plays it will spell a W on the left side of the ledger.
Jaelen Thompson and Brady Fox, a clear-cut combo where the sum is greater than any one individual, combined for more than 200 yards rushing with a pair of scores by Fox. The Falcons are going through a building phase, so this result is no surprise. But credit the Middletown defense for limiting LD to less than 200 total yards.
It’s no surprise East Pennsboro is 1-0 after taking out Big Spring by four touchdowns. But I can’t decide if the 460 total yards for the Panthers is enough to overcome the shock of East Pennsboro surrendering nearly 300 yards to the Bulldogs?
Congrats to new Carlisle coach Pat Conrad on victory No. 1 as a member of the Mid-Penn Conference! The Thundering Herd whitewashed a struggling Mechanicsburg program 44-0. The Wildcats managed only 78 yards of total offense.
Roll Tribe, right. Susquehanna Township used a 77-yard punt return, a 62-yard kickoff return and a 48-yard interception return to pick up victory No. 1 of the season against Conrad Weiser. That WAS the 21-point difference on the scoreboard.
Cumberland Valley scored 41 points in its 20-point victory at Coatesville. Really? Usually takes the Eagles a few weeks to total that many touchdowns. Anyone else impressed by that number?
In case you missed it Thursday night, Central Dauphin had very little trouble with Manheim Township at home. Just the Rams being the Rams. It’s what they do.
Enjoy breakfast at The Rock today. Harrisburg visits McDevitt. It’s not the same, but it still works on a lower level. Kickoff is 10:30 a.m.