Picks and Predictions: Week 8

24 August 2016


Welcome to Week 8 of the high school football season. Our gang surveyed the docket of match-ups and made their forecasts for each team in the Mid-Penn Conference and Tri-Valley League. Disagree? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

Standings through Week 7: 

Andy Shay: Week 7: 18-3, Overall: 149-33

Geoff Morrow: Week 7: 19-2, Overall: 148-34

Andy Sandrik: Week 7: 16-5, Overall: 145-37

Jake Adams: Week 7: 18-3, Overall: 143-39


Player of the Week: East Pennsboro's Onasis Neely

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Game balls: Week 7

Friday, October 20

 Carlisle at CD East

Andy Shay: CD East 34, Carlisle 20: Something tells me this has the potential to be one crazy game. Panthers' offense has been putting up yards on a consistent basis this month. Herd have been hot-and-cold. Panthers have more weapons and get the nod.

Jake Adams: CD East 35, Carlisle 17: Think Carlisle’s offense gets going a little more than it did in the homecoming clunker against Cumberland Valley. But East, led by Kane Everson, has too much at too many different spots.

Andy Sandrik: CD East 38, Carlisle 20: Two teams looking to bounce back from hard division losses. Panthers have a little bit more ammunition.

Geoff Morrow: CD East 38, Carlisle 14: Panthers have won five in a row in this series, and no reason to think that streak doesn't extend to six as the Thundering Herd continue to struggle against top-notch Commonwealth foes.


Central Dauphin at Chambersburg

Andy Shay: Central Dauphin 38, Chambersburg 10: Rams are on a two-game slide but are still in the postseason mix, so they have to dust themselves off and get back to business. Perfect chance to move forward against the struggling Trojans.

Jake Adams: Central Dauphin 42, Chambersburg 13: In two weeks, Carlisle and these Trojans will battle it out ... for their first division win of the season ... in Week 10.

Andy Sandrik: Central Dauphin 45, Chambersburg 7: At what point do we need to start thinking about moving Chambersburg to the Colonial Division?

Geoff Morrow: Central Dauphin 50, Chambersburg 10: After Rams took one on the chin from Harrisburg last week, the Trojans provide the tonic to get healthy. CD has won last three in series by combined score of 143-7.


East Pennsboro at Palmyra

Andy Shay: East Pennsboro 24, Palmyra 21: A couple of strong efforts from the Cougars have not resulted in victories, but Palmyra is playing well. The only team that has slowed down Onasis Neely is Middletown. This guy is running wild, and teams know he's going to get the rock.

Jake Adams: Palmyra 28, East Pennsboro 24: Three senior linebackers (Zach Quinn, Devan Sosnoski, Robert Taylor) against RB Onasis Neely. Juicy.

Andy Sandrik: East Pennsboro 33, Palmyra 28: Panthers are 5-2 but fighting for their postseason lives. Not sure how much gas Onasis Neely will have for the playoffs, but he'll make sure EP gets there.

Geoff Morrow: East Pennsboro 30, Palmyra 28: Entertaining game last year, with Onasis Neely's 224 yards and four scores overshadowed by Cougars' three separate 100-yard rushers. Panthers running hot right now, while Palmyra has dropped two straight.


Lower Dauphin at Cumberland Valley

Andy Shay: Cumberland Valley 28, Lower Dauphin 10: There are some mirror-image aspects to this match-up. The Falcons can hang with the Eagles, but Cumberland Valley demands 48 full minutes, and that feels like a bit much for LD.

Jake Adams: Cumberland Valley 31, Lower Dauphin 24: If Charlie Katshir is out (it didn’t look good last week), this is how close it’ll be. Eagles still have enough, but long term, Katshir’s absence -- however long it is -- is trouble.

Andy Sandrik: Cumberland Valley 32, Lower Dauphin 17: Remember when Lower Dauphin put a dent in CV with a 15-10 triumph last year? The Eagles sure do.

Geoff Morrow: Cumberland Valley 31, Lower Dauphin 20: With or without Charlie Katshir, the Eagles had this one circled already because the Falcons pulled the upset last year. LD, riding four straight wins, won't go down without a fight.


Line Mountain at Juniata

Andy Shay: Juniata 21, Line Mountain 14: The Eagles are flying high after ending Newport's TVL winning streak. And they will be in this game for sure. Just have a feeling that Juniata defense at home is a difference maker.

Jake Adams: Juniata 35, Line Mountain 28: Evan Herb has had his worst stretch in the past three games (28-of-71, 454 yards, 5 TDs, 6 INTs), but the Eagles have gone 3-0.

Andy Sandrik: Line Mountain 21, Juniata 14: Could be TVL's Game of the Week. Think the Eagles are just a hair more confident heading into this contest.

Geoff Morrow: Juniata 14, Line Mountain 7: Ben Lauver racked up three sacks for Indians last week, as that stellar defense limited Halifax to two first downs and just 4 yards rushing. Eagles, meanwhile, knocked Newport from ranks of unbeaten. This is your TVL Game of the Week. Defense rules.


Mechanicsburg at Hershey

Andy Shay: Hershey 31, Mechanicsburg 21: The best players for the Trojans have to be the best players for the Trojans this week if Hershey wants to add another "W" to its docket. The Wildcats are just looking for another opportunity.

Jake Adams: Hershey 28, Mechanicsburg 21: Since getting to 2-1 by beating Northern, the Wildcats have lost the past four by a combined score of 200-59.

Andy Sandrik: Hershey 24, Mechanicsburg 21: After getting tossed around for weeks, both teams have to see this game as a golden opportunity.

Geoff Morrow: Hershey 21, Mechanicsburg 13: Two teams desperate for a win. Our edge goes to the host Trojans because they seem to have a tad more stability right now, but this could be a competitive battle.


Middletown at Boiling Springs

Andy Shay: Middletown 44, Boiling Springs 7: Blue Raiders found their comfort zone again last week, and there is zero reason for that not to continue against the winless Bubblers.

Jake Adams: Middletown 62, Boiling Springs 12: The class of the Mid-Penn Capital against a team trying to build any sort of momentum going into 2018.

Andy Sandrik: Middletown 49, Boiling Springs 0: No explanation needed.

Geoff Morrow: Middletown 55, Boiling Springs 7: Not a good time for the Bubblers to run into Jose Lopez and crew, who look to keep unbeaten season running full steam ahead.


Newport at DuBois

Andy Shay: Newport 27, DuBois 20: Buffaloes are coming off a tough loss but still have the second season on the table. DuBois has been in some shootouts and isn't shy about going up and down the field.

Jake Adams: DuBois 42, Newport 31: Last year Matt Miller threw for 322 yards (221 to Kyle Hopson) and two TDs in a nearly identical score. Guess what QB-WR pair is back again this year as seniors?

Andy Sandrik: Newport 30, DuBois 12: TVL title hopes are virtually gone for the Buffs. Now they must regroup and finish strong in preparation for the playoffs.

Geoff Morrow: DuBois 33, Newport 26: This was a barn-burner last year, won by the Beavers in Perry County. Buffaloes, who couldn't stop WR Kyle Hopson last year, will need to do so this year to give themselves a chance. Otherwise it's a two-game slide.


Northern at Shippensburg

Andy Shay: Shippensburg 26, Northern 20: Greyhounds have been playing games that are closer than you think they should be. But the one common thread in those games is Ship wins. That matters. Polar Bears' best effort could yield an upset, but it has to be their very best.

Jake Adams: Shippensburg 28, Northern 21: Be wary. The Greyhounds allow 5.4 yards a carry and 185 yards a game. Not terrible, but the bruising Kyle Swartz (147-931, 12 TDs) can be a handful.

Andy Sandrik: Shippensburg 24, Northern 14: If the Greyhounds have showed us anything this year, it's that they know how to grind out those close wins.

Geoff Morrow: Northern 20, Shippensburg 19: Polar Bears, who handed Greyhounds only loss of regular season last year, aren't intimidated by favored hosts. Chris Barrett making strides as QB, and Kyle Swartz is a beast at RB. They're not yet on par with Ship QB Carter Van Scyoc and RB Adam Houser, but we like P-Bears' advantage in the trenches to generate another regular-season upset victory.


Pine Grove at Millersburg

Andy Shay: Pine Grove 36, Millersburg 20: Couple of struggling TVL teams hook up, and the defense that has the better night will most likely determine the winner.

Jake Adams: Pine Grove 34, Millersburg 14: The Indians have allowed nearly 400 points in seven Tri-Valley League games. That is not a recipe for winning a battle of 0-7 teams.

Andy Sandrik: Pine Grove 28, Millersburg 12: Both teams are winless, but PG has been much more competitive in defeat.

Geoff Morrow: Pine Grove 22, Millersburg 15: Cardinals finally break through in a battle of winless TVL programs. They do need to protect the QB after allowing seven sacks last week vs. East Juniata, though.


Red Land at Cedar Cliff

Andy Shay: Cedar Cliff 28, Red Land 17: Rivalry game, and you what that means. Not sure about the Colts QB situation with injuries on the table. Patriots are coming off win No. 1 and appear to be healthier than they've been in weeks.

Jake Adams: Cedar Cliff 31, Red Land 21: Think the Patriots' win eases some internal pressure they may have felt. Colts have a little more on offense, but this game is almost always more competitive than the records would predict.

Andy Sandrik: Cedar Cliff 28, Red Land 21: Colts are favored here, but not unbeatable.

Geoff Morrow: Cedar Cliff 35, Red Land 27: Good timing for Patriots to get their first win last week vs. Hershey, providing enough confidence to keep things fun in the sister-school battle at West Shore Stadium. But we're guessing Bobby Whalen makes something happen in the clutch for the Colts.


Steel-High at Camp Hill

Andy Shay: Steel-High 33, Camp Hill 14: That Rollers' ability to overcome adversity and that belief they are better and are going to find a way to win serves them well. Lions struggle to slow teams down, and Steel-High has some weapons.

Jake Adams: Steel-High 34, Camp Hill 21: The Rollers are cruising to a return to the District 3 Class 1A championship game. Close out with Boiling Springs and then Middletown.

Andy Sandrik: Steel-High 42, Camp Hill 7: Rollers have beaten East Penn, Trinity and Palmyra in consecutive weeks. They're not going to trip up against Camp Hill.

Geoff Morrow: Steel-High 35, Camp Hill 21: Rollers have clinched first winning season of the Andrew Erby era, and they should have enough Dupri in the tank to snap a two-game series skid vs. small-school rival.


Susquehanna Twp. at Bishop McDevitt

Andy Shay: Bishop McDevitt 35, Susquehanna Twp. 14: All the Crusaders do against Keystone teams is throw for 250 or more yards and pile up points in a hurry. Tribe is fully committed to its youth movement, and the learning curve continues here.

Jake Adams: Bishop McDevitt 42, Susquehanna Twp. 21: Two straight losses for the Indians does not bode well for the perennial Keystone Division contenders.

Andy Sandrik: Bishop McDevitt 33, Susquehanna Twp. 12: Nobody's been talking about McDevitt lately, but the Crusaders have quietly found their rhythm on a three-game winning streak.

Geoff Morrow: Bishop McDevitt 40, Susquehanna Twp. 13: Crusaders crusading, which is what they do when they get into the meat of the Mid-Penn Keystone slate. Six passing TDs in first half vs. Mechanicsburg last week? Oh my.


Susquenita at East Juniata

Andy Shay: Susquenita 26, East Juniata 23: This is a 50-50 game for sure. The key for the Blackhawks is playing solid run defense and not letting the Tigers' running game be a major factor.

Jake Adams: Susquenita 28, East Juniata 21: The Tigers are led partly on defense by a freshman linebacker. Trey Lauver has 45 tackles (tied with junior Owen Zechman) and seven for a loss. Also has two sacks. Never realized how young a defense EJ had.

Andy Sandrik: East Juniata 20, Susquenita 14: My season's already gone down the crapper, but EJ can guarantee a non-losing season with a win here.

Geoff Morrow: East Juniata 30, Susquenita 22: Tigers housed the Blackhawks last year, which isn't the selling point for this pick THIS Year. But EJ has won four of its last five, and we like what QB Marc Piccioni is doing under center.


Trinity at Milton Hershey

Andy Shay: Milton Hershey 27, Trinity 24: Spartans never quite turned that corner, but the offense has more pop with Cross at QB. T-Rocks have been on a Capital Division grind and have dropped three straight. Fatigue is becoming a factor.

Jake Adams: Trinity 35, Milton Hershey 24: The Shamrocks' resiliency is impressive: 0-3 through the meat of the schedule but competitive in every one. The Spartans feel like a vacation, and this a team that’s 2-2 in the Capital (3-4 overall).

Andy Sandrik: Milton Hershey 25, Trinity 21: Trinity might be the favored team, here, but Spartans have shown enough improvement in recent weeks to take this one.

Geoff Morrow: Trinity 33, Milton Hershey 26: Interesting spot here for Shamrocks, who were throttled last week vs. East Penn. But that offense kept plugging away, even after the mercy clock kicked in, and it's dynamic enough to cause Spartans problems. Trinity defense, though, will have to find a way to slow QB Naeem Cross.


Tri-Valley at Williams Valley

Andy Shay: Williams Valley 33, Tri-Valley 6: Nobody has slowed this Vikings machine down on offense, but you sometimes forget about how stingy the Williams Valley defense is. Bulldogs aren't built to keep pace in this match-up.

Jake Adams: Williams Valley 41, Tri-Valley 24: The Vikings will wrap up an unbeaten regular season (and 9-0 in the TVL) next week against Pine Grove.

Andy Sandrik: Williams Valley 42, Tri-Valley 14: Tri-Valley has won three of four, but toppling the unbeaten Vikings will take a special kind of effort.

Geoff Morrow: Williams Valley 38, Tri-Valley 21: OK, it's a rivalry game -- just a 14-7 win last year for Vikings -- and this is legitimately the last chance for WV to be tested before being crowned TVL champs and heading off to District 11 playoffs. But there's something special brewing with Tim Savage's crew, and the visiting Bulldogs just don't have enough to stop it.


Upper Dauphin at Halifax

Andy Shay: Upper Dauphin 26, Halifax 21: Three straight losses for the Trojans, but the last two have been close against quality opponents. Wildcats have only one victory since a 2-0 start.

Jake Adams: Halifax 35, Upper Dauphin 21: Wasn’t quite sure which way to go, so I went with the team featuring a QB in London Johnson and RB in Jay Zerby that have combined for 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Andy Sandrik: Upper Dauphin 24, Halifax 14: In its last three TVL games, Halifax is 0-3 while being outscored 108-21. This is Upper Dauphin's game to lose.

Geoff Morrow: Upper Dauphin 27, Halifax 19: Don't think the Trojans forgot about last year's 49-8 shellacking at the hands of the rival Wildcats. UDA should come out fuming, and this has the potential to be an entertaining battle.


Waynesboro at Greencastle-Antrim

Andy Shay: Waynesboro 40, Greencastle-Antrim 14: The road to the Colonial title goes through Waynesboro and the combination of a strong running game and attacking defense will eventually keep the Blue Devils at arm's length.

Jake Adams: Waynesboro 28, Greencastle-Antrim 14: Do you know who has allowed the fewest points in the Mid-Penn Colonial? It’s the Indians. G-A, meanwhile, is not as stout.

Andy Sandrik: Waynesboro 31, Greencastle-Antrim 14: Indians needed OT to escape Big Spring last week, and they'll need at least two quarters to distance themselves from Greencastle and remain unbeaten.

Geoff Morrow: Waynesboro 26, Greencastle-Antrim 20: Indians have won three straight in the series, though the rest of the Colonial will be rooting hard for the Blue Devils. Because a win here, with a bye next week and a roadie at winless and chaotic Mifflin County in Week 10, would all but lock up the Colonial crown for the 'Boro.


West Perry at Mifflin County

Andy Shay: West Perry 42, Mifflin County 13: Mustangs need this game to keep pace and have the weapons to stretch this Huskies defense. Another factor is Mifflin County making a coaching change in the middle of the week.

Jake Adams: West Perry 34, Mifflin County 10: Mustangs offense against a team that just had its coach resign is a recipe for West Perry reaching .500 in Week 8.

Andy Sandrik: West Perry 30, Mifflin County 14: Smoke coming from MiffCo, where head coach Brent Hartman has resigned. Still think this is a close game.

Geoff Morrow: West Perry 40, Mifflin County 14: On a football sideline in Lewistown does not seem like a fun place to be these days. Huskies scrambling after head coach Brent Hartman departed this week. Mustangs' strong offense should take advantage.



Saturday, October 21


State College at Harrisburg

Andy Shay: Harrisburg 49, State College 13: The Cougars have given nobody any reason to believe they will not be focused and engaged. They simply come out and rip the heart out of the opposition on both sides of the ball. Little Lions need to find a way to hang around.

Jake Adams: Harrisburg 49, State College 28: I’m starting to run out of ways to say the Cougars are the prohibitive favorites.

Andy Sandrik: Harrisburg 45, State College 14: Until someone proves me wrong, I'm just going to keep picking Harrisburg to blow out good teams.

Geoff Morrow: Harrisburg 45, State College 14: What the Cougars did to Central Dauphin last week -- a domination in line with all the anticipated dominations before that -- is convincing me this isn't only one of the best teams in the state, but maybe beyond. Highly talented Little Lions need to bring their best, plus more.


BYE: Big Spring