By Andy Shay:
Is anybody else enjoying their coffee a bit more now that slightly cooler temperatures have rolled in?
When it came down to Cumberland Valley and Bishop McDevitt, we talked about the many factors of this game on the 4th Down Magazine High School Football Now radio show on FoxSports 1460.
My pick was Cumberland Valley based on the Eagles’ defense. It’s been impressive and that continued in a victory over McDevitt that dropped the Crusaders to 1-3.
Cumberland Valley intercepted Wake Forest commit Tayvon Bowers three times and limited him to 89 yards and the Crusaders to fewer than 225 total yards.
And Josiah Quigley continues to run wild with 207 more yards on 28 carries and a couple touchdowns.
Bishop McDevitt is 1-3. Wow!! The schedule certainly hasn’t been easy, but this was not expected. Damage control is in order, because this clubs confidence has to be rattled.
Welcome back Tyshaun Pollard. The senior returned to the CD East lineup and caught five passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Panthers’ victory over Susquehanna Township. It took a late push, though, for CD East to put this one away.
Is that the undefeated Carlisle Thundering Herd? Why yes it is after a strong defensive outing against South Western at Ken Millen Stadium. The Herd is 3-0.
This is a little different Carlisle team under Pat Conrad. The Herd are a little more basic offensively and focus on a system built around fundamentals. It’s not as flashy and entertaining as a year ago, but it’s effective.
The score might have only been 10-7, but Lower Dauphin really needed a victory of any kind against Cedar Crest. Aidan Klassen threw for 225 yards and a TD to lead the Falcons. Those three interceptions by the defense certainly helped.
Bobby Whalen had 136 receiving yards on four grabs with a pair of touchdowns for the 40-point or more scoring Cedar Cliff Colts. No fewer than four different receivers had at least one TD grab for the Cliff, who hung 61 on York.
Mechanicsburg scored its first touchdown of the season on a 60-yard interception return by Jermaine Hull in the opening quarter against Northern.
But the Polar Bears used 17 second-quarter points than held on for dear life down the stretch to notch a much-needed victory over the Wildcats.
Milton Hershey took home the trophy from the annual Cocoa Bean Bowl with Hershey. Keonte Lucas and Marcus Smith combined for 324 rushing yards and a trio of Lucas touchdowns to roll the Trojans. Hershey managed only 221 total yards and punted nine times. Spartans can play some D!
Middletown continues to be a machine. The Blue Raiders had their way with West Perry behind 169 yards and three touchdowns from Jaelen Thompson ... on only NINE carries. That’s nearly 20 yards per carry. Yikes.
Greencastle-Antrim gave East Pennsboro fits, and that should really surprise nobody. The Blue Devils almost always make life tough for the Panthers.
Onasis Neely had to work for 163 yards on 26 carries. G-A actually led 10-7 at halftime. It was one of those games the Panthers lose and they didn’t. THAT matters.
Yeah, all Palmyra does is shut cats down. Through 16 quarters this season I’m pretty sure the Cougars’ first line D has not surrendered a point after Palmyra blanked Donegal. Surrendering only 162 total yards to the Indians is a job well done, defense.
Big Spring scored 14 points before its game with neighbor Boiling Springs was three minutes old. And that was just enough cushion to hold serve and improve to 2-1 for the Bulldogs.
To wrap up, I give Trinity credit for making Lancaster Catholic sweat and anybody who picked Gettysburg to beat Waynesboro should have their picking privileges revoked immediately.