By Andy Shay
A Saturday morning cup of coffee always tastes better with a little high school football. Make mine two creams and a sugar and lets take a quick peek back at some of what happened in Week 1 of the 2015 season for Mid-Penn Conference teams in this installment of Saturday morning quarterback.
So much is unknown in Week 1 of the season - for the most part. With that in mind, and for no particular reason, these few scores surprised me at first glance.
Lower Dauphin 35, Middletown 21: No real shock LD came out on top, the fact the Blue Raiders made the Iron Spike Bowl interesting is encouraging for the folks in the shadow of Three Mile Island.
Trinity 42, Delone Catholic 28: Get you some T-Rocks. Small in numbers, but the offense starts with a bomb rolling up 354 yards.
Carlisle 49, Mechanicsburg 33: Hey that team thing for the Wildcats might have some merit. Good W for the Herd, but we know what they have. ‘Cats were balanced offensively and rang up 371 yards. The defense, though, Sigh!
Spring-Ford 28, State College 25: Perhaps a little “Houston we have a problem” in Little Happy Valley? I don’t think so, but State College just coughed up a 19-7 lead heading intothe fourth quarter to fall to 0-1. Just a little early-season warning to the Class AAAA schools in the Mid-Penn Conference … for those of you who make the playoffs Wilson and Governor Mifflin are both pretty darn good.
Anybody else in South Middletown Township hear those woodshed doors slamming last night? If not, it was your Boiling Springs Bubblers thumping Littlestown 35-0 on the strength of nearly 500 yards on the ground.
My stat of the night belongs to Susquehanna Township quarterback Ben Moser – you know the guy who made news earlier this year for an act of kindness that made me wish he was my son.
On the field against Conrad Weiser all Moser did was complete 17 of 23 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns … in the FIRST HALF! Roll Tribe is 1-0 with those new white kits after a 42-17 victory.
Camp Hill knows it has a target on its back. That urgency and awareness led to 35 first-quarter points in the opener against Upper Dauphin. Somebody came ready to play and defend a District 3 title. The Lions threw for 443 yards and called off the dogs at halftime in a 56-0 victory. That offense is legit.
Finally, you give Central Dauphin coach Glen McNamee and his staff some high-end talent and the ceiling of possibilities becomes very high. The Rams drilled a quality Manheim Township outfit 42-14. And four of the Rams’ touchdowns came from 41 or more yards out. Hello big-play potential.
If you made it this far, you’ve earned a second cup of Joe.
Thanks for checking in. Only six more days until Week 2!!!