Standings through Week 6:
Andy Shay: Week 6: 16-3, Overall: 131-30
Geoff Morrow: Week 6: 13-6, Overall: 129-32
Andy Sandrik: Week 6: 15-4, Overall: 129-32
Jake Adams: Week 6: 15-4, Overall: 125-36
East Pennsboro 21, Milton Hershey 13
Andy Shay: Milton Hershey 27, East Pennsboro 21: Some of the sprockets and springs for the Spartans have fallen in place, it seems. There were a lot of moving parts early. The Panthers' offense needs to find a second weapon to pull this one out.
Jake Adams: East Pennsboro 35, Milton Hershey 27: Don’t fault the Panthers for their recent 0-2 speed bump against Middletown and Steel-High. Those are two very good teams. Not-so-bold prediction: Onasis Neely cracks 200 yards again.
Andy Sandrik: East Pennsboro 28, Milton Hershey 27: I'm giving you one more chance, East Penn. Of course new Milton Hershey QB Naeem Cross, who rushed for over 250 yards in his debut, could make this pick look completely stupid.
Geoff Morrow: Milton Hershey 23, East Pennsboro 20: Panthers have stalled last two weeks, while Spartans seem to have stabilized with Saturday's takedown of Camp Hill. Tough call here, but MH has also won three straight in series.
Friday, October 6
Big Spring 25, Greencastle-Antrim 20
Andy Shay: Big Spring 17 Greencastle-Antrim 14: I'm not sure what to think of the Bulldogs. The team I saw in Week 2 can't possibly put up 7 points in back-to-back weeks. Blue Devils' defense isn't a strength, but something tells me they have a shot to keep them in this one.
Jake Adams: Greencastle-Antrim 34, Big Spring 7: Convinced Bulldogs QB Ethan Lee doesn’t play, and RB Ryan Adams hasn’t played a full game in a month. The defense has to be exhausted after two rough weeks.
Andy Sandrik: Greencastle-Antrim 28, Big Spring 14: Bulldogs' offense was already struggling before QB Ethan Lee got banged up last week. Even if he returns to the field on Friday, this is still a tough out.
Geoff Morrow: Greencastle-Antrim 27, Big Spring 17: Bulldogs snapped an 11-game series losing streak vs. these Blue Devils last year, but injuries and inconsistencies are taking their toll. G-A, meanwhile, is finding some playmakers at right time.
Camp Hill 40, Boiling Springs 7
Andy Shay: Camp Hill 23, Boiling Springs 16: This is all about QB Quinn Buffington being on target and the defense making a few stops against a Bubblers team that is better but still winless.
Jake Adams: Camp Hill 35, Boiling Springs 14: Been a rough year for the Lions, but a home game against a Bubblers defense that allows nearly 35 points a game is just the medicine this team needs.
Andy Sandrik: Camp Hill 21, Boiling Springs 7: Camp Hill is the favorite here over winless Bubblers, for sure, but I think this game will be a lot closer than most people think.
Geoff Morrow: Camp Hill 40, Boiling Springs 22: All high-scoring battles when these teams have met this decade. Best chance, on paper, for Bubblers to snap losing streak, but Lions still have better command of offense.
Cedar Cliff 40, Hershey 12
Andy Shay: Cedar Cliff 31, Hershey 14: Seems like the Colts found a little something to build on from a week ago. Still, they are a team on a three-game slide. My guess is Trojans' offense doesn't have enough firepower to keep pace in this one.
Jake Adams: Cedar Cliff 34, Hershey 10: The Trojans have scored just 36 points this season, half of Red Land’s total, and the Patriots are second worst in the Keystone.
Andy Sandrik: Cedar Cliff 28, Hershey 21: The Trojans have surprised us a handful of times this season, and the potential is there for it to happen again this week. Still think Colts take this one.
Geoff Morrow: Cedar Cliff 39, Hershey 21: Despite the loss, last week vs. McDevitt might have been a turning point for these Colts. Chris Dare at QB and Bobby Whalen at WR seem to be the right mix, too. Cliff has outscored Trojans 92-2 in last two meetings.
Central Dauphin East 35, Central Dauphin 31
Andy Shay: Central Dauphin 28, CD East 7: The Rams are jacked after beating CV to end a five-game series slide. And I'm just not sure where the points are going to come from for the Panthers to keep pace in the CD School District Rivalry Game at The Speedway.
Jake Adams: Central Dauphin 28, CD East 14: What the Rams’ lines did to Cumberland Valley last week should serve as a wake-up call (myself included). Sleep on Central Dauphin at your own peril.
Andy Sandrik: Central Dauphin 42, CD East 21: What a win for CD last week over those Eagles from CV! Rams will keep it rolling this week.
Geoff Morrow: Central Dauphin 30, CD East 21: Couple of weeks ago, Panthers' athlete Kane Everson declared his squad will beat Rams. Love the confidence, and that was a nice comeback last week in Chambersburg. But CD just ended frustrating skid vs. CV last week, and I'm not picking against a school that tamed the Eagles. 2012 only year in recent memory the Panthers upended sister school.
East Juniata 33, Millersburg 8
Andy Shay: East Juniata 38, Millersburg 7: Tigers have been very good against opponents more in their wheelhouse in terms of talent. I like them to get a third W here against a Tribe squad this is struggling to be competitive.
Jake Adams: East Juniata 33, Millersburg 20: Three teams are without a Tri-Valley League win at this point. EJ (2-4, 0-4) cuts that to two with this one. Millersburg doesn’t have the offense to keep up.
Andy Sandrik: East Juniata 28, Millersburg 0: I can't remember the last time I've heard of EJ winning a ballgame by 4 TDs, but they'll get that and maybe more this week.
Geoff Morrow: East Juniata 26, Millersburg 7: On one hand, don't be fooled by Tigers' somewhat respectable score vs. Williams Valley last week; they were down 40-0 at halftime. On the other hand, Millersburg is really struggling.
Harrisburg 82, Chambersburg 3
Andy Shay: Harrisburg 55, Chambersburg 0: The Cougars have won their last three games by a combined score of 150-7. They have so many weapons, even if they take their foot off the gas, they have guys that can take it to the house in a hurry.
Jake Adams: Harrisburg 45, Chambersburg 10: Don’t get cute. One of the state’s best against one of the Mid-Penn’s worst.
Andy Sandrik: Harrisburg 58, Chambersburg 0: This score can get as ugly as Harrisburg wants to make it. Going to be the case for a lot of division games this season.
Geoff Morrow: Harrisburg 56, Chambersburg 6: Trojans had CD East on the ropes last week, though Panthers rallied. There will be different boxing cliches that could be used at the end of this one. "First-round knockout" comes to mind.
Newport 14, Juniata 7
Andy Shay: Newport 24, Juniata 21: I can't decide if this is going to be a shootout or low scoring. So I'm shooting it right down the middle with a score. But until the Buffaloes fall to a TVL foe, I can't pick them to lose to a TVL foe. They have overachieved on some levels this season. Indians' D is tough!
Jake Adams: Newport 34, Juniata 23: The TVL’s marquee matchup this week, pitting the 6-0 (6-0) Buffaloes vs. the 4-2 (4-1) Indians. Newport has allowed a paltry 41 points this season, tops in the league. Second is Tri-Valley’s 70. How ‘bout them apples?
Andy Sandrik: Newport 28, Juniata 14: Juniata has the chops to make this a ballgame, but nobody's been able to stop Newport's winning combination of defense and running the football. Buffs move to 7-0.
Geoff Morrow: Newport 27, Juniata 14: 7-7-0-6-7-14. Those are the points allowed by the Buffaloes through first six games this year. This one could be fun, but gotta go with the hot team at home.
Lower Dauphin 42, Mechanicsburg 0
Andy Shay: Lower Dauphin 34, Mechanicsburg 22: Wildcats are not very good against the run, and Lower Dauphin can be balanced or run you into the ground if that lane is wide open.
Jake Adams: Lower Dauphin 42, Mechanicsburg 10: The Wildcats’ feel-good run was bound to end, and things will only get tougher. Falcons have gotten out to a fast division start after an 0-3 opening to the season.
Andy Sandrik: Lower Dauphin 35, Mechanicsburg 17: The feel-good story of Mechanicsburg has been nice, but the reality of the Keystone Division is a harsh one.
Geoff Morrow: Lower Dauphin 42, Mechanicsburg 22: Like the fight the short-handed Wildcats showed in the second half last week at Susquehanna Twp., but 'Cats will be short-handed again, and the Falcons have found their wings.
Middletown 17, Palmyra 10
Andy Shay: Middletown 42, Palmyra 14: Both squads are undefeated and, for the Cougars, that is downright impressive. But this is where the rubber meets the road. Blue Raiders are a little ticked, I'm guessing. Palmyra route to 5-0 is against teams who are a combined 8-17.
Jake Adams: Middletown 42, Palmyra 31: And then there were two. The Blue Raiders roll in this one, knocking off one more Capital unbeaten (Steel-High is the third), en route to this year’s division title.
Andy Sandrik: Middletown 35, Palmyra 14: Yes, both teams are undefeated, but I'm not going to over-analyze this one. Look for Middletown to pull away in the third quarter.
Geoff Morrow: Middletown 33, Palmyra 19: This was a good, hard-nosed battle last year, the Blue Raiders escaping with a 14-10 triumph. Both are unbeaten, and this could be another beauty. But something tells me close call with Trinity stirred something in Middletown.
Tri-Valley 54, Pine Grove 0
Andy Shay: Tri-Valley 33, Pine Grove 7: Some of the luster might be off the Bulldogs in some corners, but making a statement here will help restore some of the TVL bark. Must take advantage of the PG shortcomings on defense.
Jake Adams: Tri-Valley 42, Pine Grove 17: Consecutive wins of 25 or more points for the Bulldogs. All four wins have come by at least that margin, so I feel pretty confident saying it happens again.
Andy Sandrik: Tri-Valley 32, Pine Grove 7: Big effort from PG against Susquenita last week. But a win over Tri-Valley this week? Nah.
Geoff Morrow: Tri-Valley 40, Pine Grove 7: Keep an eye on Bulldogs junior LB Kolt Schaeffer, who's racked up seven sacks in six games thus far.
Halifax 40, Saint Joseph's Catholic 7
Andy Shay: Halifax 22, St. Joseph's Catholic 14: I was going to look up some information on SJC so I could write an intelligent prediction. But you know what? 'Fax needs a win bad, and I'm going homer pick here and taking the Wildcats.
Jake Adams: Halifax 42, St. Joseph's Catholic 10: I still have a tough time pegging Tri-Valley teams against non-league opponents, but the Wildcats coasted in last year’s meeting, 56-8. I think that gives me an idea in this one.
Andy Sandrik: Halifax 21, St. Joseph's Catholic 14: You know, I get burned every time I pick Halifax to win. Good thing I have a nurse wife who is well-versed in first aid.
Geoff Morrow: Halifax 55, St. Joseph's Catholic 13: Wolves (0-4) have been knocked around this year, and the Wildcats are hungry to snap a four-game skid against a non-league foe it walloped last year.
Shippensburg 21, Mifflin County 13
Andy Shay: Shippensburg 32, Mifflin County 13: Greyhounds played well in that loss to River Dell from New Jersey. Let's just say that two-game losing streak is going to come to an end as the 'Hounds get some of their mojo back.
Jake Adams: Shippensburg 31, Mifflin County 17: Still waiting for this Greyhounds team to round into form. Need to start stringing wins together to get back to districts.
Andy Sandrik: Shippensburg 35, Mifflin County 14: If the Greyhounds, on a two-game skid, still consider themselves division contenders, this is a game they need to win and win handily.
Geoff Morrow: Shippensburg 27, Mifflin County 20: Huskies are getting closer and closer, so don't be surprised if this result ends a lot tighter than you'd expect. And, remember, MiffCo had an 11-point halftime lead on the 'Hounds last year when Ship was a district finalist.
Cumberland Valley 36, State College 21
Andy Shay: Cumberland Valley 21, State College 14: This one is going to be a slobberknocker of a football game. Chin straps nice and tight, lads. Eagles can't leave 14-to-21 points on the board like last week. If so, it's another L. Those Little Lions are a full-service test.
Jake Adams: Cumberland Valley 34, State College 28: I’ve seen CV suffer an uncharacteristic midseason loss before, then come back the next week and whip someone. SC won’t get whipped, but the Eagles will play with an edge.
Andy Sandrik: Cumberland Valley 27, State College 24: I'm taking CV at home by the slimmest margin, but make no mistake: State College has more than enough talent to send the Eagles to a second straight loss.
Geoff Morrow: State College 31, Cumberland Valley 21: Eagles haven't scored more than two TDs vs. Little Lions in three straight meetings. The way State High offense is soaring this year, they'll have to do a lot better than two touchdowns to keep pace.
Steel-High 28, Trinity 27
Andy Shay: Steel-High 32, Trinity 28: Love how the Shamrocks performed on the big stage last week. Rollers just believe they are better and are going to win. I'm going with the team that has the better defense as the difference.
Jake Adams: Steel-High 28, Trinity 24: A lot of eyes have been on these offenses, but I’m gonna say a pair of underrated defenses keep this game lower scoring than some expect. My edge to the Rollers is only slight. Tre Moody and Co. could flip this one easily.
Andy Sandrik: Trinity 35, Steel-High 28: Both teams made big statements last week with Steel-High clocking East Penn and Trinity hanging tough in a loss to Middletown. If you're watching this game on Friday, stay until the end!
Geoff Morrow: Trinity 29, Steel-High 28: Loved the fight the Shamrocks showed last week in going toe-to-toe vs. Middletown. Loved the fight the Rollers have shown in back-to-back impressive victories over Milton Hershey and East Penn. Roll out the red carpet at COBO, because this could be a Hollywood-worthy production.
Carlisle 36, Susquehanna Twp 28
Andy Shay: Susquehanna Twp. 34, Carlisle 20: You know who the offense is going to be run through for The Tribe, but it's getting harder to stop their young QB. Thundering Herd defense has been battered lately, and offense isn't built to score a lot of points.
Jake Adams: Susquehanna Twp. 34, Carlisle 24: The Thundering Herd are 2-0 against Keystone teams this year, but Joe Headen’s Indians handled Mechanicsburg far easier than the Herd did. Carlisle about to go from 3-0 to 3-3.
Andy Sandrik: Susquehanna Twp. 28, Carlisle 21: On paper, this seems like a coin-flip game, but the Indians are coming in a bit hotter than the Herd.
Geoff Morrow: Susquehanna Twp. 37, Carlisle 25: This Rahsaan Carlton kid at QB for the Indians is going to be NICE. Just a sophomore. Thundering Herd has a chance here but will need to show some mettle, force a few turnovers and find some consistency on offense.
Line Mountain 13, Upper Dauphin 0
Andy Shay: Line Mountain 38, Upper Dauphin 14: The Eagles are just too powerful for the Trojans right now. And that's all I have to say about that!
Jake Adams: Line Mountain 45, Upper Dauphin 31: The Eagles are trying to stay in that second tier in the TVL and certainly need this one to do so. Should have three teams tied at 4-2 in the league at the end of the week.
Andy Sandrik: Line Mountain 24, Upper Dauphin 7: Eagles' defense has been underrated this season. I think that unit makes the difference this week.
Geoff Morrow: Line Mountain 38, Upper Dauphin 14: Eagles are pretty good, though maybe not quite upper echelon in the top-heavy TVL. But they have enough clout to keep the Trojans at arm's length.
Waynesboro 31, West Perry 12
Andy Shay: Waynesboro 31, West Perry 20: Neither of these teams is shy about getting in a shootout and going up-and-down the field. Pay attention to the defenses to see where this one is headed. Like the grit of the Indians, but the Mustangs are running hot.
Jake Adams: West Perry 28, Waynesboro 24: I have seen the Mustangs' offense, and if it does what it did to Big Spring last week, it will be atop the Colonial by Friday’s end. But this won’t be easy.
Andy Sandrik: Waynesboro 21, West Perry 7: Smart money is on the sparkling Waynesboro defense at home. But believe me when I say the surging Mustangs are walking in expecting to win.
Geoff Morrow: Waynesboro 27, West Perry 23: Everybody knew THIS would be the game to determine sole possession of first place in the Colonial, right? Well, both teams deserve their shot. Both playing very well. Like the Indians at home because their offense is starting to develop, but Mustangs' offense has been lights out, too.
Williams Valley 38, Susquenita 0
Andy Shay: Williams Valley 49, Susquenita 13: Because this is what the Vikings do most weeks. It's that simple.
Jake Adams: Williams Valley 48, Susquenita 13: Man, as an outsider, I really wish the Tri-Valley League got a chance to see Williams Valley and Newport clash this season.
Andy Sandrik: Williams Valley 44, Susquenita 14: Vikings will be heavy favorites for the rest of their regular-season games.
Geoff Morrow: Williams Valley 46, Susquenita 14: Here's a telling stat for you: Vikings are outscoring foes 202-25 in the first half, and only one game has been closer than three touchdowns by halftime. This is a dominant group that builds quickly, then can comfortably rest its stable of athletes. Scary good.
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