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.
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.
By 4th Down staff:
Welcome to 4th Down Magazine's vote for the Week 2 Player of the Week presented by Crown Trophy in Lemoyne.
The nominees for the week are listed below in alphabetical order. Vote for the player with the most impressive performance.
The poll will remain open until Tuesday evening at 11 p.m. The winner will be announced on Wednesday and presented with a plaque created by Crown Trophy.
Terrance Quaker, WR/DB/KR, West Perry: The senior is the first in this year’s polls to score three different ways in a game: a kick return (84 yards), two runs (12 and 21 yards) and an interception (30 yards). He had 49 rushing yards in the Mustangs’ 55-6 win over York Tech.
Nazir Burnett, WR/CB, Bishop McDevitt: The senior hauled in a season-high (in the Mid-Penn Conference so far) 10 catches for 258 yards and three scores during the 48-35 win over Gettysburg. Those trips to the end zone covered 3, 21 and 35 yards.
Khisahn Lester, WR/CB/KR, CD East: His damage came in the third quarter of a 49-0 blowout against Lower Dauphin, but Lester still impressed with an 82-yard punt return TD and a 26-yard pick-six. Also tracked down a long run early in the third quarter to save a touchdown and help preserve the shutout.
Adam Burkhart, RB/LB, Central Dauphin: Burkhart planted his flag firmly on the field in a battle of District 3 titans that the Rams won 7-0 over Berks Catholic. The senior bludgeoned his way to 118 yards and a 1-yard score on 17 carries, no easy task against BC. He also added double-digit tackles.
Griffin Weidler, K, Palmyra: Rare that a kicker makes this list, but it’s also rare that a kicker makes four field goals in a game. That’s what Weidler did in a 31-10 win over Mechanicsburg, remarkably consistent with FGs of 38, 37, 35 and 35 yards.
Adam Houser, RB/DB, Shippensburg: Houser scored all but one point in the 21-14 win over West York, with scoring runs of 12, 11 and 32 yards (he also added a crucial two-point conversion catch). The senior ran 22 times for 143 yards.
Kane Everson, QB/DB, Harrisburg: The Cougars routed Reading 74-16 Friday, and Everson had a big left hand in it. The QB was an efficient 12-of-17 for 266 yards and four TDs through the air, adding five carries, 77 yards and a rushing TD. The scoring trips covered 71, 38, 41, 33 and 28 yards.
Cohen Russell, WR/DB, State College: The Little Lions edged New Jersey’s St. Augustine Prep 19-7, with Russell torching the Hermits for 188 yards and two scores on just four catches. That’s 47.0 yards per reception, for you math majors. Also had three carries for 9 yards.
Spencer Dimon, DT, Williams Valley: The senior dominated up front defensively, as he recorded a team-high 15 tackles for a Vikings squad that forced three turnovers in a 40-21 conquest of Newport. While nine of Dimon’s 15 stops were solos, he also registered three tackles for loss and one quarterback sack.
Ike Lucas, RB, Tri-Valley: The Bulldogs’ senior feature back rushed 21 times for 116 yards and a game-opening 4-yard score in Tri-Valley’s come-from-behind 20-13 win over Juniata. Lucas also pitched in defensively, making six stops from his safety position.