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Welcome to 4th Down's Elite 11 teams heading into Week 4 action. Each week, Andy Shay will take a look around the Mid-Penn, Lancaster-Lebanon League, York, Berks and Tri Valley conferences to determine the top 11 teams. 

 

Kane Everson

Harrisburg quarterback Kane Everson dominated Cedar Cliff Saturday at Severance Field with his arm and his legs. (Adam Kulikowski/4th Down)

By Andy Shay: 

Good Sunday morning. Each week we’ll present to you some thoughts and observations from the week that was in Mid-Penn Conference and Tri-Valley League football.

 

Dedrick TInker Bishop McDevitt's Dedrick Tinker charges up field against Cumberland Valley in Week 1. (Adam Kulikowski/4th Down)

By Andy Shay:  

1. Rams ‘D’ providing the wow

Central Dauphin beating Berks Catholic is not a huge surprise, really. It was always going to be a tight affair, and whoever won would do so for a good reason. But the Rams defense tossing a shutout against the Saints is still a wow moment for me. Holding the Saints under two touchdowns is a massive accomplishment. I can’t wait to see the Rams defense in person on Friday against defending District 3 Class 6A champion Manheim Township at The Speedway. Hard to lose when nobody can score on your first-team defense.

 

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2. Help a brother out

Anybody who has a HUDL account with access to the Bishop McDevitt-Middletown game on Friday night in Middletown and wants to one-time share with me, please DM me on Twitter. I can’t see the game in person, but I’m dying to watch the game. I think it could be a barn-burner. The Blue Raiders, rightfully so, should view this as a measuring stick game. And Middletown does NOT have to win to measure up. The two differences that stand out to me that favor McDevitt are size up front and that lethal passing game. My Twitter is @APShay. I have to see this game with my own four eyes.

3. Surprise, surprise

Here’s a list of Mid-Penn Conference 2-0 teams (in division order): Carlisle, State College, Chambersburg, Central Dauphin, Bishop McDevitt, Palmyra, Middletown, Milton Hershey, Steel-High, Big Spring, Shippensburg, West Perry. Of those 13 teams I see only two real surprises… and I’m taking schedule into account. West Perry and Big Spring are my early-season shockers.

4. Eagles in jeopardy

When was the last time Cumberland Valley was 0-3? Well I consider long-time former The Patriot-News high school football czar Rod Frisco a friend and we chatted about this very subject. He goes back in the 1980s. I started covering Central Pennsylvania HS Football in 1992. Neither of us ever remembers the Eagles being 0-3. I do know the Eagles were 3-8 in 1969 and that is their worst season. So that’s a candidate, right? With a road game to highly ranked Coatesville, who marched into Severance Field in Week 1 and thumped Harrisburg, it appears CV is headed in that direction. Looking around the Commonwealth Division and the remaining schedule, should the Eagles fall to Coatesville … am I wrong in finding it very hard to see five wins for this team?

5. Panthers are lethal

I’m pretty sure CD East is going to lose to New York Catholic League defending state champion Archbishop Stepinac on Saturday to fall to 1-2. And that would make the Panthers the best 1-2 team in the MPC you don’t want to play. They have a lot of pieces that are slotted in the right spots. When CD East comes up on your schedule, Commonwealth teams, just ignore the record.

6. Color me curious

I’m going to see Central Dauphin this week, but I’m dying to see West Perry, Susquehanna Township, Milton Hershey, Harrisburg, Northern and State College before the season is over. For different reasons those six teams intrigue me and are on my radar.



 

Elite 11 web

Welcome to 4th Down's Elite 11 teams heading into Week 3 action. Each week, Andy Shay will take a look around the Mid-Penn, Lancaster-Lebanon League, York, Berks and Tri Valley conferences to determine the top 11 teams. 

 

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