Halifax celebrated its first district championship Friday night at Seibert Field in Camp Hill. (Christina Hoy/4th Down)
By Andy Shay:
That was a rude welcome to the 2018 high school football playoffs Friday night – a relentless and driving rain never wavered for even a brief respite.
Welcome to 4th Down's Elite 11 teams heading into postseason action. In this final edition of our Elite 11, 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.
Shippensburg coach Eric Foust earned his 100th victory as a head coach Friday night against Greencastle-Antrim. (File photo/The Sentinel)
By Adam Kulikowski:
Shippensburg 26, Greencastle-Antrim 14:
Setting the stage: Shippensburg head coach Eric Foust earned his 100th career victory Friday, taking down the Blue Devils to improve the Greyhounds’ record to 5-1 on the season.
On the meaning of his 100th victory:
“It really just means that I’ve been fortunate enough to coach for a long time. I’ve had great coaches to work with me and a good administration. I lucked into the right place. I knew when I started the year, I had 95 wins. … I didn’t make a big deal about it. The kids didn’t know. I always tell the kids it isn’t about individual accomplishments.”
On Jake Loy’s first start at full back:
“He played a really nice game for us. It was good to see. We’ve been trying to find the best solution at that position. I think on Friday we found the best fit for that position. Jake fought well, blocked selflessly and ran hard and effectively when he had the opportunity.”
On what this team learned from the loss to Mifflin County last week:
“I think it helped us refocus and figure out what we want to do to get better. Anytime you lose, you look at yourself hard internally a lot. So, in that regard it helped us to refocus.”
Chambersburg 28, Cumberland Valley 14
Setting the stage: For the first time since 1993, the Trojans knocked of the Eagles. Mark Luther’s club is now 5-1 on the season and in position for a District 3 Class 6A postseason berth.
Luther on the team’s defeat of Cumberland Valley:
“1993, that’s a long time ago — 25 years. It was huge for these kids. It was huge. Cumberland Valley has a strong tradition, very successful in football. It was a huge win for us to beat that program in general, whether it was one year or 25 years. It is always a good victory.”
On the key moment in the game against Cumberland Valley:
“Part of it was a halftime, having a heart-to-heart with them about what we needed to do.
“Coming out in the second half, when Kvere Morton had the strip and returned it for a touchdown. At that point, it was a 7-7 game and that really energized us. I see that as the moment that got things turned around.”
On what he told the team at halftime:
“Cumberland Valley was coming out there and kicking our tails. They were after us and we weren’t responding. I tried to help them understand that each week in our conference, that’s what we are going to see. We’re going to step up and continue to grow. There was no secret to it. Either we stepped up our physical play or we were going to have a long second half. The team responded.”
On the state of the program:
“We’re continuing the learn. We’re still a young team. We only have 10 or 11 seniors, two that start full-time and the others that help in areas. We’re still a growing program that is learning how to win each week. We are very happy that we’re seeing the potential come to fruition. But we still have more tough teams coming. We have to learn to battle each week, because it isn’t just going to happen.”
On the key elements that have gone right:
“We have a great tailback [Keyshawn Jones] that is making some plays and running well for us. We have a smart quarterback [Brady Stumbaugh] who may not be big time with his arm, but he finds moments to make a big throw. It’s really a team effort, though. Garner Funk at tight end, Kevin Lee at wide out, and our backup QB, Brady Hughes, was out there at wideout and made a big catch. Defensively, Morton had a strip fumble and an interception last night. Tyshawn Worrell has stepped up in run support at free safety. The special teams is making plays with blocked punts. It is really just a team effort with everyone contributing at different points.”
On the team’s strong start to the season:
“We knew we had some talented individuals on our team and it was just a matter of whether we were going to come together and make the plays. Are we ahead a little bit? Yeah, I think so. We didn’t anticipate Cumberland Valley to be an 0-6 team right now. But we knew Red Lion was good, Altoona was an unknown coming back into the Mid-Penn. We — if you asked in preseason if we anticipated being 5-1, we had hoped, but with some of the teams on our schedule, we thought it could be a little tough. It’s a great group of kids and they come to work every day. Looking back now, it makes sense where we are. We’re fighting through the bumps and bruises. It’s a physical sport.”