Picks and Predictions: Week 2

24 August 2016 K2_ITEM_AUTHOR  4th Down Staff


Geoff Morrow and Andy Sandrik hold a two-game lead heading into the Week 2 docket of match-ups. Our predictions for each game are below. Disagree? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Geoff Morrow: Week 1: 22-5 Overall: 35-7

Andy Sandrik: Week 1: 21-6 Overall: 35-7

Andy Shay: Week 1: 20-7 Overall: 33-9

Jake Adams: Week 1: 20-7 Overall: 33-9


Friday, September 8


Bermudian Springs at Boiling Springs, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Bermudian Springs 33, Boiling Springs 14: Just not sure if the Bubblers’ defense can hold up long enough to stretch this game to the fourth quarter.

Jake Adams: Bermudian Springs 28, Boiling Springs 20: The Eagles lost 18 to graduation last year from a squad that went 8-3 and beat the Bubblers 21-18. But Bermudian has back a pair of RBs and QB Chase Dull. Bubbletown doesn't have some of the same experience coming back.

Andy Sandrik: Bermudian Springs 33, Boiling Springs 0: Boiling Springs had a rough Week 1 outing against Littlestown. Bermudian Springs, a strong program from York-Adams, will make this another hard week in Bubbletown.

Geoff Morrow: Bermudian Springs 27, Boiling Springs 14: This was a hotly contested game last year, the Eagles overcoming some turnovers to escape with the three-point victory. Bermudian returns a bit more experience and gets the edge.


Biglerville at Big Spring, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Big Spring 45, Biglerville 13: All I know is the Bulldogs have some serious weapons on offense, and it's not just at the RB position either. Defense has a chance to shine and improve here.

Jake Adams: Big Spring 42, Biglerville 20: Annville-Cleona shredded the Canners for 484 rushing yards last week in a blowout win. I'm almost tempted to place a bet the Bulldogs' Ryan Adams could do that on his own this week.

Andy Sandrik: Big Spring 32, Biglerville 7: Something tells me that Ryan Adams has another big game and that Big Spring beats Biglerville. Bigly.

Geoff Morrow: Big Spring 55, Biglerville 15: This could get ugly, as it was last year, as Canners struggle to stop teams, and the Bulldogs showed last week they can pile up yardage and points.


Camp Hill at Annville-Cleona, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Camp Hill 35, Annville-Cleona 28: If these two teams combine for fewer than 60 points it will be a surprise. The Lions' bounce-back last week was more impressive than the one victory they earned.

Jake Adams: Camp Hill 41, Annville-Cleona 27: I don't expect Zack Kuntz to haul in more than 200 passing yards again this week (wouldn't be upset if I was wrong), but the Lions should get to 2-1 on Friday.

Andy Sandrik: Annville-Cleona 24, Camp Hill 21: Gut is telling me the home team wins a tight game.

Geoff Morrow: Camp Hill 35, Annville-Cleona 28: Little Dutchmen aren’t so little on the offensive side of the ball. Pressure will be on Lions’ defense to generate enough stops, as the Lions’ offense should have its way against a leaky defensive unit.


Canisius (NY) at Bisop McDevitt, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Canisius 28, Bishop McDevitt 20: I know the gents from upstate New York have some offensive weapons. The question mark at QB makes the outcome unpredictable. McDevitt has to be better up front this week.

Jake Adams: Canisius 28, Bishop McDevitt 24: When I used to bowl in college there was a team from Canisius that one year wore these bright yellow and blue argyle pants. Looked like something John Daly would happily wear. Fun team who just wanted to have a good time.

Andy Sandrik: Canisius 32, Bishop McDevitt 17: Canisius, a top-tier team from New York, can beat you on the ground or through the air. Not good news for a Crusaders squad that struggled to deal with high-octane Harrisburg last week.

Geoff Morrow: Canisius 40, Bishop McDevitt 30: Crusaders vs. Crusaders. Jayce Johnson is the name to know from this visitor from Buffalo. Dude completed 14 of 20 passes for 164 yards and ran for another 146 in his team’s opener. His team is defending New York state Catholic school champion.


CD East at Lower Dauphin, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: CD East 26, Lower Dauphin 14: I think we learn more about the Falcons’ running game this week. Seems like the Panthers own more weapons, but taking care of the rock will be key.

Jake Adams: CD East 28, Lower Dauphin 20: Wanna say Brendan Shaffer gets this rolling after a disappointing opener last week against PIAA contender Middletown. Last year he averaged 8 yards on 11 carries against the Panthers. That said, still think a rebuilt CD East wins.

Andy Sandrik: CD East 21, Lower Dauphin 10: Both teams still have bumps and bruises from physical Week 1 scraps. I'll go with the team that's carrying the momentum.

Geoff Morrow: CD East 29, Lower Dauphin 23: Panthers ruled this game last year. Falcons need to get RB Brendan Shaffer going after Middletown kept him in check last week. Shaffer, though, did accumulate five of his 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage.


Central York at Cumberland Valley, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Cumberland Valley 31, Central York 14: Head coach Josh Oswalt keeps returning to his high school alma mater with hope. One day, right? But that one day is not this time. Eagles are simply tough to play against and knock off their game for an entire 48 minutes.

Jake Adams: Cumberland Valley 35, Central York 14: Former Eagle Josh Oswalt's winless streak against his alma mater extends another year. CV just has too much on both sides of the ball.

Andy Sandrik: Central York 28, Cumberland Valley 27: Taking the kids to go watch this game, which should be a dandy. Best we've seen CY in years, and it still comes into this game as the underdog.

Geoff Morrow: Cumberland Valley 34, Central York 20: We like to see York County’s best programs test themselves against the Mid-Penn’s best, but there remains a sizable talent gap, conference vs. conference. Panthers coach Josh Oswalt knows CV’s strengths, but that doesn’t mean Central can stop the Eagles.


Chambersburg at Shippensburg, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Shippensburg 31, Chambersburg 7: It seems as if the 'Hounds will be down a major weapon, but that won't be a difference maker in this matchup. Trojans didn't show much in opener.

Jake Adams: Shippensburg 28, Chambersburg 13: Adam Houser is expected to be sidelined for a few weeks with an ankle injury. I think that slows the offense a hair (losing a back who can run and catch like he can almost always does), but it won't matter much against the local rivals.

Andy Sandrik: Shippensburg 28, Chambersburg 0: A separated shoulder for Chambersburg QB Tyler Collier isn't exactly how the Trojans wanted to start the season. Now they're facing a Ship squad still on edge after a nail-biter with Dover.

Geoff Morrow: Shippensburg 27, Chambersburg 10: Two teams that suffered tough Week 1 injuries – RB Adam Houser (ankle) for Greyhounds, QB Tyler Collier (shoulder) for Trojans. Guess is Ship rebounds better with Philip Torres now taking the handoffs.


East Pennsboro at West Perry, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: East Pennsboro 42, West Perry 20: The Panthers have Onasis Neely. And that is enough most weeks for East Pennsboro. Penalties and defense will be under the watchful eyes of the coaching staff this week.

Jake Adams: East Pennsboro 42, West Perry 34: Man, I wanted to gamble and pick the Mustangs for the upset, but I don't think they have a way to stop Onasis Neely. And that's the difference. They do have enough weapons to make this game interesting.

Andy Sandrik: East Pennsboro 24, West Perry 16: We found out last week there is plenty of fight in those horses at West Perry, but can they keep up with the weapons East Penn has in the running and passing game?

Geoff Morrow: East Pennsboro 56, West Perry 40: Mustangs showed last week they’re soon ready to hang with the Capital’s big boys, while the Panthers showed their offense is nearly unstoppable and their defense still has a ways to go. Points!


Elco at Palmyra, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Palmyra 42, Elco 7: Still can't get the moxie the Cougars showed in that Week Zero come-from-behind victory over Camp Hill out of my head. That will serve them well.

Jake Adams: Palmyra 48, Elco 7: I think the close call against West Perry last week is going to be more a credit to the Mustangs than a concern for the Cougars.

Andy Sandrik: Palmyra 42, Elco 8: No need for the cardiac kids from Palmyra to make a comeback this week.

Geoff Morrow: Palmyra 40, Elco 7: Raiders doomed by some early mistakes against Susquenita, but that won’t matter here. Cougars won’t have to play catch-up this week.


Halifax at Susquenita, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Halifax 35, Susquenita 16: Nobody has slowed down the Wildcats' Jay Zerby yet, let alone stop him. Blackhawks are feeling good after Week 1 victory, but it will take an even better effort here.

Jake Adams: Halifax 35, Susquenita 7: Let this sink in for a moment: Halifax's Jay Zerby has carried the ball 17 times in two games. He has scored on seven of those touches. Oh, senior QB London Johnson is quietly having a great start: 15-of-19 passing, 357 yards, four TDs, no interceptions.

Andy Sandrik: Halifax 30, Susquenita 16: Two games, two blowout wins for Halifax. This will be toughest test yet for the Wildcats, but they will prevail.

Geoff Morrow: Susquenita 33, Halifax 31: Elco is down, but that’s still an impressive result for Blackhawks last week. This was a competitive game last year, and Wildcats have the edge on paper. But Scotty Acri’s home team gets the nod from this corner.


Hershey at Elizabethtown, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Elizabethtown 30, Hershey 13: Big opening win for the Trojans, but the Bears are coming off a shutout and this team is very strong on defense led by an All-State defensive back.

Jake Adams: Elizabethtown 28, Hershey 14: E-town's offense looks a bit different from last year, with QB Micah Garber gone. Hershey won't complain -- he threw for 271 yards and four TDs on 17-of-26 passing. Now it's senior RB Cayden Livingston's turn; he ran for 135 yards and a 51-yard TD in a shutout of Donegal last week.

Andy Sandrik: Elizabethtown 14, Hershey 7: E-town's defense came up huge last week in a 28-0 win over Donegal. Hershey will need a big game from its "D" to keep this one within reach.

Geoff Morrow: Elizabethtown 26, Hershey 18: Cade Robinson, Dane Hilsher and Devyn Clair shared 40 tackles in Bears’ shutout of Donegal last week. Meanwhile, Trojans bounced Spring Grove and are hungry for more, especially to erase memories of last year’s 36-0 whitewashing by E-town.


Hollidaysburg at State College, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: State College 34, Hollidaysburg 14: Nice start for the Golden Tigers, but the Little Lions are just a cut above the rest.

Jake Adams: State College 41, Hollidaysburg 7: The Little Lions, in the last seven games of this series, have won by a combined score of 247-64. The past three have been by a 139-16 margin.

Andy Sandrik: State College 36, Hollidaysburg 14: Following a strong performance against an upstart McCaskey squad, I'm once again expecting SC to roll at home.

Geoff Morrow: State College 35, Hollidaysburg 19: Golden Tigers with five sacks through two wins so far, but Little Lions present a different level of challenge.


Juniata at East Juniata, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Juniata 49, East Juniata 7: Great spot for the Indians after battling TVL Big Dawg Williams Valley a week ago. Keeping pace will be the issue for the Tigers.

Jake Adams: Juniata 35, East Juniata 7: With all the uncertainty swirling around the future of EJ football, I don't think its streak of bad luck against rival Juniata changes. The Tigers have scored 14 points in the past three games of this series.

Andy Sandrik: Juniata 42, East Juniata 7: No reason to believe this won't be a mercy-rule game.

Geoff Morrow: Juniata 45, East Juniata 0: Not a good sign that scrambling Tigers were waxed by Upper Dauphin last week, and Indians will be mad after getting stomped by Williams Valley.


Lancaster Catholic at Waynesboro, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Lancaster Catholic 28, Waynesboro 14: Starting over is never easy, and that is the Indians' issue. One step at a time. Lancaster Catholic might be a bit miffed after getting bumped by another MPC foe, Camp Hill, in Week 1.

Jake Adams: Lancaster Catholic 31, Waynesboro 21: While researching this game, I came across this story on a Virginia eighth-grade girl playing linebacker on a freshman team in Waynesboro, Va. Girl power!

Andy Sandrik: Lancaster Catholic 21, Waynesboro 18: Looking for a more competitive game in Waynesboro this week.

Geoff Morrow: Lancaster Catholic 25, Waynesboro 20: Indians need much better than a 1-for-11 for 5 yards from the passing game. Tom Drumsta (103 yards, 11.4 per carry) impressed in Week 1 running game, though.


Line Mountain at Pine Grove, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Line Mountain 28, Pine Grove 20: This was a back-and-forth pick for me. Just feels like the Eagles have more pop offensively.

Jake Adams: Line Mountain 28, Pine Grove 17: The Eagles walloped Pine Grove by 36 points last year. And Brandon Carson is settled in during his second year as the coach. QB Evan Herb is going to be really good if he keeps this pace up. The sophomore has 475 yards and five scores on 23-of-37 passing.

Andy Sandrik: Line Mountain 28, Pine Grove 14: Pine Grove has mustered just 14 points in two games. They'll match that number this week, but that first win will have to wait.

Geoff Morrow: Line Mountain 46, Pine Grove 12: QB Evan Herb and Eagles’ passing game looking good through two weeks. That should continue.


Mechanicsburg at Spring Grove, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Mechanicsburg 21, Spring Grove 20: This is going to be a great opportunity to end that horrid losing streak for the Wildcats. But it will take at least the same effort Mechanicsburg showed in its opener.

Jake Adams: Spring Grove 34, Mechanicsburg 20: When I first wrote this, I had the Wildcats winning. And while they got stronger throughout the loss against Carlisle, I think that has more to do with the Herd shooting themselves in the foot on multiple drives than anything else. Mechanicsburg makes this closer than last year's 35-0 drubbing.

Andy Sandrik: Mechanicsburg 21, Spring Grove 19: Coin-flip game? Execution of fundamentals and special teams will determine the winner here.

Geoff Morrow: Mechanicsburg 26, Spring Grove 20: Rockets, after last week’s two-TD loss to Hershey, are ripe for picking as Wildcats aim to snap 21-game losing streak. We say it happens now. Smell that paper!


Middletown at Northern, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Middletown 34, Northern 7: Until somebody scores two touchdowns on the Blue Raiders, I'm sticking with seven points for the opposition. Defense was downright impressive in Week 1. Polar Bears are up-and-down right now.

Jake Adams: Middletown 34, Northern 17: The last time the Polar Bears were under .500 was Week 5 of last year after a 13-0 loss to Waynesboro. Nope, that's not a particularly long stretch. Just wanted to look up some sort of trend for this matchup.

Andy Sandrik: Middletown 21, Northern 0: This was a hard game for Middletown last year and it will be a hard game again on Friday. Just don't think Northern has the manpower to pull off the upset.

Geoff Morrow: Middletown 42, Northern 14: We thought rebuilding Polar Bears might struggle against an improving Susquehannock side last week; we KNOW they’ll struggle against a supremely confident Blue Raiders bunch. Jose Lopez, everybody!


Mifflin County at Cedar Cliff, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Cedar Cliff 39, Mifflin County 14: Colts’ offense still has some pop to it. There's still plenty of unknown for the Colts, but this is a good opponent for them to figure some of that out.

Jake Adams: Cedar Cliff 42, Mifflin County 13: Yeah, Bobby Whalen will be just fine under center. The Colts have too much firepower for this matchup. Where do they sit among the top dogs in the Keystone Division? That's a question for another day.

Andy Sandrik: Cedar Cliff 35, Mifflin County 0: Don't think Cedar Cliff will have to dig too deep into the playbook this week.

Geoff Morrow: Cedar Cliff 43, Mifflin County 16: Huskies surrendered five passing TDs and trailed 49-6 at halftime last week vs. Williamsport. Colts aren’t quite Millionaires, but this is another chance for rebuilt line to mesh as the skill guys do work.


Milton Hershey at Greencastle-Antrim, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Milton Hershey 26, Greencastle-Antrim 19: Anybody else impressed with the Blue Devils' opening victory? (both hands raised) ... Spartans put up a strong fight against CD East and fell short. But it showed they are moving in the right direction.

Jake Adams: Milton Hershey 28, Greencastle-Antrim 21: The Blue Devils are fresh off surprising Chambersburg (called it!) last week. And while that may bode well for the season, the Spartans should still rebound off a close loss to CD East. Have to expect the MH offense performs better this week.

Andy Sandrik: Milton Hershey 21, Greencastle-Antrim 10: Perhaps I sold Greencastle short last week, picking the Blue Devils to get blown away by Chambersburg. Picking against them once again, and for good reason: Milton Hershey is tough as nails.

Geoff Morrow: Milton Hershey 27, Greencastle-Antrim 23: ALMOST tempted to take Blue Devils in the upset. Almost. Hard time pulling the upset trigger after checking last year’s score (41-3 in favor of Spartans). Plus Milton Hershey might be a lot better than most of us thought.

Minersville at Williams Valley, 7

Minersville at Williams Valley, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Williams Valley 35, Minersville 7: The beat goes on for the Vikings. Really, there's not much more to say than that.

Jake Adams: Williams Valley 42, Minersville 13: The Vikings' Dylan Rabuck has more yards (482) and rushing TDs (seven) than the Miners have as a team (228 yards, three TDs). And he's done it on 10 fewer carries.

Andy Sandrik: Williams Valley 30, Minersville 17: Williams Valley would be wise to game-plan for Josh Halye, who accounted for 19 points in Minersville's 33-6 win over Shenandoah Valley last week.

Geoff Morrow: Williams Valley 38, Minersville 13: Battlin’ Miners were a weird bunch last year, winning five games and getting housed in five others, including vs. Vikings in Week 2.


Newport at Millersburg, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Newport 40, Millersburg 13: We saw what you did to Tri-Valley last week, Buffaloes. We didn't forget about you, but it took that kind of victory to get the FULL attention of the TVL again.

Jake Adams: Newport 31, Millersburg 7: Aidan Harman is holding his own at QB for Millersburg (13-of-27, 144 yards) as a sophomore. But the Buffaloes have allowed just seven points in each game this season.

Andy Sandrik: Newport 45, Millersburg 6: Buffaloes starting to look like a TVL contender, while Millersburg is still looking to find its footing.

Geoff Morrow: Newport 48, Millersburg 7: After years of the offense stealing headlines in Newport, it might be the defense’s turn to generate hype. Holding Tri-Valley to seven points is admirable. Young Indians are in trouble.


Red Land at Carlisle, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Carlisle 30, Red Land 20: The more touches Mr. Barnes gets, the better the Herd's chances of putting points on the board. It's that simple. Patriots are struggling across the board.

Jake Adams: Carlisle 35, Red Land 27: The Patriots' defense was gashed in Week 1. If they turn it around quickly, I'm wrong here. But I don't think they do. One or two big plays by Gavyn Barnes makes the difference. Also expect Joe Mastrangelo to have a bigger game for the Herd.

Andy Sandrik: Carlisle 24, Red Land 17: Red Land's been roughed up in its first two outings, but I still expect this to be a close game, with Carlisle's playmakers making the difference down the stretch.

Geoff Morrow: Carlisle 39, Red Land 14: Umm, what the heck happened with Patriots last week vs. Cocalico? Surrendering 69 points, a week after hanging tough vs. McDevitt, is baffling. Then again, we still don’t know a lot about Thundering Herd either. This could go any number of ways.


Steel-High at Dover, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Steel-High 41, Dover 20: That was a sneaky rally by the Eagles against Shippensburg last week. This one might be tight for a while but the quicks of Steel-High play more of a factor the longer the game goes.

Jake Adams: Steel-High 33, Dover 28: If not for Shippensburg struggling to keep up the fight after losing Adam Houser in the first half, Dover's loss would've been much worse than 35-26. Think the Rollers avenge last year's 19-6 loss. Gamble of a pick against one of YAIAA's stronger Division II teams.

Andy Sandrik: Dover 28, Steel-High 14: Plenty of life in the Dover program, which nearly pulled off an improbable scalp over district finalist Shippensburg last week.

Geoff Morrow: Steel-High 20, Dover 18: Eagles won on the road last year in Steelton, and we like the Rollers to bounce back from last week’s loss to North Schuylkill with a road win this week. That said, this could be among the more competitive games in the area.


Upper Dauphin at Tri-Valley, 7 p.m.

Andy Shay: Tri-Valley 33, Upper Dauphin 14: That was a large slice of humble pie the Bulldogs were served last week. Something tells me the response is swift and focused. Trojans are coming off a win and that matters, too.

Jake Adams: Tri-Valley 35, Upper Dauphin 14: The Trojans have lost six of the past seven in this series, been shut out during that stretch and haven't scored more than 13 points in the past four meetings. The Bulldogs are fighting for the TVL title this year. They don't slip up here.

Andy Sandrik: Tri-Valley 38, Upper Dauphin 0: Big confidence builder for UD with last week's win over East Juniata, but it will be facing a Tri-Valley team that's madder than a hornet's nest after being bottled up for just one TD last week.

Geoff Morrow: Tri-Valley 30, Upper Dauphin 13: Nice takedown for Trojans last week vs. EJ, but Bulldogs are ticked off after struggling to score vs. Newport. We like a T-V bounce-back.