Game of the Week: Wilson at Central Dauphin


Where and When: Landis Field inside Speed Ebersole Stadium (The Speedway), 7 p.m. Friday

Scouting The Bulldogs: Off to a solid 2-0 start with noteworthy wins over Governor Mifflin and Spring-Ford out of District 1. Offensively, Wilson has hit the ground running this season with 10 touchdowns in eight quarters and averaging 275 yards a game through the air. Defense was holding on for dear life against Spring-Ford, and will be tested again by the Rams’ more aggressive approach in ’16.

Scouting The Rams: If CD wins this game 31-9 I’m calling conspiracy theory. Rams knocked of Manheim Township and Susquehanna Township by identical scores. CD has averaged 310 yards per game, with 170 through the air and 140 on the ground. Those are some nice numbers. QB A.J. Millar has been rock solid, as you would expect from a veteran. Through eight quarters the Rams defense has been exactly what you would expect.

Key Match-Up: Wilson will want to throw the ball, because it has been effective through the air early on. And you can make a little hay against the CD secondary. The question becomes, can the Bulldogs’ offensive line hold serve against the talented, aggressive and very good CD front seven?

One To Watch: That one hammer RB for the Rams has not fully emerged. Millar is a seasoned vet who understands the offense and takes care of the ball. In a big game, spreading the ball around and taking what the defense is giving will be key and he’s the guy to do it.

The Call: Central Dauphin 20, Wilson 10: When these two cats square off on the same field, you automatically expect a tight squeeze all the way. Wilson can’t make too many mistakes against a defense that requires your very best just to get one touchdown. Rams offense will need to be patient. Close at halftime, perhaps. That CD defensive front will be a difference maker over the course of 48 minutes.

What's on Tap later today:

Full coverage of this match-up, including Sounds of the Game, game recap, Making the Grade analysis of each position group and photo gallery.