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Harrisburg's Kane Everson has the Cougars positioned to contend for the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division title. (File photo/Adam Kulikowski)

Fourth Down Game Balls

Keyshawn Jones, RB-CB, Chambersburg: Jones set a career-best with 245 rushing yards (on 25 carries) in Chambersburg’s 48-28 road win over Altoona to move to 4-0 on the year. Jones’ scores came from 2, 3 and 10 yards; he now has 700 yards this season. He also threw a 30-yard pass.

Keaton Ellis, WR-DB-KR, State College: Ellis took a whopping four of his seven offensive touches for touchdowns, with four receptions (3 TDs) for 180 yards and three carries (TD) for 34 yards in the unbeaten Little Lions’ 56-17 win over Carlisle. Ellis added a 65-yard punt return score and an interception.

Adam Burkhart, RB-LB, Central Dauphin: The two-way beast ran for 119 yards and recorded six tackles in the Rams’ 37-7 drubbing of rival Cumberland Valley. Burkhart needed just 13 carries for his yardage and scored twice. And on defense he blew up five plays in the backfield.

Chris Dare, QB, Cedar Cliff: The senior Colts quarterback completed a season-high 84 percent of his pass attempts--21-of-25 to lead Cedar Cliff to a 41-31 victory against Holidaysburg Friday night. Quietly, Dare ranks second among Mid-Penn quarterbacks with 855 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Michael Bullock Game Balls

John Stump, RB, Susquenita: Stump rushed 14 times for 109 yards and three touchdowns as Susquenita stunned Williams Valley 29-7. Stump’s touchdown runs of 7, 11 and 15 yards staked the Blackhawks to a 21-0 lead midway through the third quarter.

Jacob Condo, LB, Juniata: A freshman linebacker and the son of Juniata defensive coordinator Kurt Condo, Condo registered 11 stops in the Indians’ 27-20 loss in overtime at Line Mountain. Condo also blocked an extra point early in the fourth quarter that kept the game tied 20-20 and eventually forced OT.

Macklin Ayers, QB, Upper Dauphin: Ayers rushed 17 times for 128 yards and two touchdowns in UD’s come-from-behind 29-26 victory at Newport. Ayers, in fact, popped a game-winning 43-yard TD run with just 1:44 to play that put the Trojans ahead to stay. In addition to his 28-yard TD run earlier in the second half, Ayers was 9-for-15 passing for 95 yards.

Evan Herb, QB, Line Mountain: Herb passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns, including a tying score to Adam Malafi early in the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth struggle with Juniata  that Line Mountain eventually won 27-20 in overtime. Herb also threw a touchdown pass to Cody Ebersole as the Eagles (2-2) returned to .500.

Conner McGuire, LB-FB, Susquenita: Sure, John Stump ran for three TDs, but the Blackhawks defense, led by McGuire’s 16 tackles, held Williams Valley to just 260 yards in a stunning 29-7 upset win. McGuire leads the team with 57 tackles, including 36 solos. Susquenita also forced two turnovers, blocked a punt and stopped Williams Valley at the 3 on the Vikings’ first drive.

 

Jake Adams Game Balls

Chiago Anyanwu, RB-LB, Milton Hershey: Watched this bruising senior absolutely maul his way to 304 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns Friday night in a 41-27 win over Boiling Springs. His first run was a simple inside handoff, but he shed a few tackles a few yards beyond the line of scrimmage and bolted 77 yards to pay dirt. It seemed as if those broken tackles unleashed a monster as he broke easily a dozen or more the rest of the game, seeking out contact with reckless abandon. Every yard was needed in a game that was quite close with Bubbletown proving it is no pushover anymore.

Kenyon Johnson, QB-DB, West Perry: You know what’s crazy? Johnson is possibly the most complete dual-threat quarterback in the Mid-Penn. After his 262-yard day (89 passing, 173 rushing) in the 47-27 Colonial Division win over Greencastle-Antrim, he’s now at a crazy 420 passing yards and 596 rushing on the year. He has 80 combined pass attempts and rushing attempts, giving him a per-play average of 12.7 yards. 12.7! Some less-than-stellar competition the first three weeks, yeah, yeah, yeah. 12.7 is 12.7. You know what’s also crazy? The Mustangs are 4-0.

Andy Shay Game Balls

Kane Everson, QB, Harrisburg: With each passing week since the opener this guy seems to be getting better and better. He has weapons all around him, but using those weapons to create a monster of an offense is downright impressive. He accounted for nearly 300 yards of offense against Cedar Cliff on 10 completions and six carries. He threw touchdown passes to four different receivers, and when you do that at the high school level with all that speed on the outside, that literally is the kind of stuff you can’t cover. Everson was always a threat with his legs. Now he’s becoming more of threat with his arm. And rest assured his legs as a weapon aren’t going away. He’s making the easy passes look simple. MPC Commonwealth defenses beware.

Adam Houser, RB, Shippensburg: Give me this guy any day and twice on Sunday. Watching him play the game and perform at such a high level is pure football joy. He accounted for 224 of the Greyhounds’ nearly 300 yards of offense in a tough overtime win against Waynesboro that pushed Shippensburg to 4-0. The Indians have a very good defense. And they know Houser is the go-to guy. And he still put up 224 total yards. That’s earning a game ball the hard way.

East Pennsboro Panthers: I know this squad is struggling and is 0-4. The reason they get one of my game balls this week is for playing all 48 minutes. East Pennsboro trailed Palmyra 28-7 heading into the fourth quarter. Down three scores with only one touchdown on the board means another loss, so why keep pushing hard, right? Because the scoreboard matters, but it also doesn’t matter. If you play, then respect the game and give your best for 48 minutes no matter what the scoreboard says. And that will always be good enough. Well, the Panthers scored twice in the fourth quarter and made their opponent sweat out the final few minutes by never giving less than their best. It’s a loss on the scoreboard. But I noticed they didn’t toss in the towel and that matters more sometimes.

 

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By 4th Down staff:

Welcome to 4th Down Magazine's vote for the Week 4 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.

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Chiago Anyanwu, RB-LB, Milton Hershey: Anyanwu was absolutely bruising in the Spartans’ 41-27 win over Boiling Springs, breaking double-digit tackles en route to 302 yards on 27 carries. The 200-pounder scored on TD runs of 77 and 59 yards, and he accounted for all but 64 MH yards.

Adam Burkhart, RB-LB, Central Dauphin: The two-way beast ran for 119 yards and recorded six tackles in the Rams’ 37-7 drubbing of rival Cumberland Valley. Burkhart needed just 13 carries for his yardage and scored twice. And on defense he blew up five plays in the backfield.

Keaton Ellis, WR-DB-KR, State College: Ellis took a whopping four of his seven offensive touches for touchdowns, with four receptions (3 TDs) for 180 yards and three carries (TD) for 34 yards in the unbeaten Little Lions’ 56-17 win over Carlisle. Ellis added a 65-yard punt return score and an interception.

Kane Everson, QB-DB, Harrisburg: Everson torched Commonwealth Division rival CD East for five touchdowns Saturday in a 42-0 win. The TDs went to four different receivers (Rynell Gantt, Donte Kent, Lamir Wigfall and Jahmir Plant). He finished 10-of-13 for 238 yards passing and nine carries for 57 yards.

Adam Houser, RB-S, Shippensburg: Houser continues to shoulder the brunt of the offense, this time sprint to 163 yards and two scores on 17 carries in the Greyhounds’ 28-20 win over Waynesboro. He added a 61-yard TD grab for good measure.

Kenyon Johnson, QB-DB, West Perry: The Mustangs are staples here now, with Johnson back in the fold after compiling 262 total yards (89 passing, 173 rushing). He participated in five TDs in West Perry’s 49-20 win over Greencastle-Antrim, three rushing (42, 46 and 53 yards) and two passing.

Keyshawn Jones, RB-CB, Chambersburg: Jones set a career-best with 245 rushing yards (on 25 carries) in Chambersburg’s 48-28 road win over Altoona to move to 4-0 on the year. Jones’ scores came from 2, 3 and 10 yards; he now has 700 yards this season. He also threw a 30-yard pass.

Daulton Leedy, QB-S, Tri-Valley: The Bulldogs bumped Pine Grove 20-15 thanks to an 11-for-21, 233-yard, three-TD performance by their signal caller. Leedy spread the ball to five receivers and hit Nick Stiely twice and Tyler McGrath for scores. The Leedy-to-McGrath bomb (68 yards) came with 7:01 to play. Also had five tackles and two punts for 73 total yards.

Bobby Whalen, WR-DB, Cedar Cliff: Whalen hauled in more than half of QB Chris Dare’s passes, finishing with 12 grabs for 146 yards and three scores in the 41-31 win at Hollidaysburg. Whalen scored three straight times from the second through third quarter. Also ran five times for 18 stripes.

John Stump, RB, Susquenita: Stump was instrumental in the Blackhawks’ 29-7 stunning upset over Williams Valley. The junior toted the rock 14 times for 109 yards, averaging 7.8 yards while scoring three times. His TDs (7, 11 and 15 yards) made it a 21-0 game WV couldn’t come back from.

 

 

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Editor Jake Adams breaks down our Week 2 Game of the Week (James Buchanan at Big Spring), gives you 5 Things to Watch elsewhere Friday night, predicts the winners and provides the updated statistical leaderboards and schedule/standings.

 

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By 4th Down Staff:

Each week during the 2018 high school football season, each member of our team--and those working behind the scenes as well at 4th Down Magazine--will pass out game balls to top performers.


Players will earn a point per game ball they receive during the season. The top earner will receive an award at the end of the season from our crew.

 

Fourth Down Game Balls

Kane Everson, QB, Harrisburg: The Cougars will enter the always dicey Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division schedule on a high note after blasting Cedar Cliff 46-13 Saturday. More good news is Everson will be fresh off the most complete performance of his career. The southpaw was simply unstoppable at Severance, chewing up yardage on the ground and through the air. Here’s the proof. Everson connected on 16 of 19 pass attempts for 349 yards and four touchdowns. After misfiring on his first attempt, Everson connected on 12 straight passes as Harrisburg built a commanding 34-0 halftime edge. On the ground, Everson slashed through the Colts for 109 stripes and two long TD keepers.

Joshua Parra, WR-DB, Milton Hershey: The Spartans certainly have a few home run hitters on both sides of the football. The question, however, was where the production would surface beyond the Spartans’ notable run game. Well, Parra and Milton Hershey’s defense answered the bell against Hershey Friday in the annual Cocoa Bean Bowl. At Henry Hershey Field, Parra chipped in a pair of interception returns for touchdowns, stretching 54 and 60 yards, in MHS’s 35-7 victory. That’s a rare double-up and certainly a shot of adrenaline for the Spartans heading into the Capital Division schedule. For good measure, the WR-DB caught four passes for 57 yards.

Russ Amick, RB, and Austin Kenny, RB-OLB, Susquenita: It’s most difficult splitting a football in half, but we have no choice in this circumstance. You might have noticed the Blackhawks earned a win Friday over Juniata, which kept Indians coach Gary Klingensmith from reaching 300 career wins for the third straight week. To blame is Amick, a sophomore, and Kenny, a freshman, who each barreled past 100 rushing yards in Susquenita’s 28-14 edge. Amick rushed 20 times for 121 and two scores. Kenny carried 16 times for 138 stripes and two scores. That’s good stuff from the young guns.

 

Jake Adams Game Balls

Kyle Swartz, RB, Northern: The most impressive player on the field Friday night in the 32-6 win at Mechanicsburg. The third-year starting back looks bigger and stronger and made a couple bruising runs. It was a weird night, though. Mechanicsburg sent extra blitzers a lot, even on clear running downs, selling out to stop Swartz and shifty Polar Bears QB Chris Barrett (who also had 100 yards rushing) at all costs. The Wildcats (0-3) had an advantage against an undersized and inexperienced interior Northern (2-1) o-line, with the center routinely blasted 5 yards back. So Swartz, who had 120 yards and three scores in the win, was bottled up several times. But when he was able to get to the second level he made the most of it. He nearly doubled his rushing yards for the season.

Boiling Springs Bubblers: A team effort to snap a 24-game losing streak means the entire team deserves credit. Cumberland Valley disciple Brad Zell now firmly has the Bubblers (1-2) believing after a two straight years of futility. Bubbletown is still several pieces away from completing a rebuild, but beating Big Spring 34-19 at home will jumpstart the process and complete the buy-in phase of the process. This Wing-T is far from flashy, but if Quentin Jones can run for 100 yards and a score and the offense can push back the Bulldogs (2-1) for more than 300 rushing yards, it certainly is effective. At this point in the season, I can see wins over Trinity and Camp Hill coming, and the Week 10 game against East Pennsboro could be intriguing. Now the goal doesn’t just becoming getting one win, it’s about getting multiple.

Keyshawn Jones, RB, Chambersburg: 4DM gave Jones a game ball last week, but I want to follow up this time with the Trojans 3-0 and readying for Altoona in Week 4. The Trojans could be 4-0 by this time next week, and I’m starting to wonder how close the Cumberland Valley game two weeks from now will be. Jones has produced every week this season, averaging two touchdowns, 14 carries and 152.7 yards per game on the ground. That’s double-digit yards per touch as well. Add in his 102 receiving yards, and one of the breakout weapons of the season is averaging 186.7 offensive yards a contest. He had 12 carries for 179 yards and two TDs in the 28-19 win over Red Lion.

 

Andy Shay Game Balls

Joey Corado, P, Hershey: I know the Trojans gave up all the big plays and fell to Milton Hershey. Still a stud job by a punter that resembles a big-time college or NFL line gets a game ball from me. Corado, a sophomore, punted five times for Hershey and averaged a stellar 45 yards per punt including a pair downed inside the 20-yard line. Those are most definitely not average high school numbers. With those numbers and more than two years remaining, Corado is officially on our potential stud punter radar.

Nazir Burnett, WR, Bishop McDevitt: The Syracuse commit is most visible in the biggest of games, and the victory over Middletown was no different. Burnett finished with nine catches, four of those went for touchdowns, and 223 receiving yards against Middletown. His touchdown grabs covered 38, 9, 32 and 33 yards. The smooth-handed wideout has to be double covered, at the very least, otherwise he will torch you. In big games you want your No. 1 weapon in the passing game to come up big. Burnett did exactly that.

Terrance Quaker, RB-DB-KR, West Perry: There is a legitimate debate about the competition West Perry has faced in 2018. And I fully agree that can be debated. But when you hang 50 on everybody, there’s a pattern that’s developing where what you can control, you are dominating. And that’s the Mustangs and Quaker. In a comfortable win over Camp Hill, the do-everything weapon totaled 130 yards rushing on four carries with a couple touchdowns. If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, he added a 22-yard touchdown catch, returned an interception 85 yards for a score and took a punt back 38 yards for yet another touchdown. That’s five touchdowns in three phases of the game. That’s a Hall of Fame Game Ball right there.

 

Micheal Bullock Game Balls

Broc Grosser, WR/S, Halifax: All over the field in Halifax’s 37-7 victory, the Wildcats were trailing Line Mountain late in the first half until Grosser returned the first of his two picks 51 yards for a game-tying score. Grosser, who finished with seven stops and assisted on an eighth, added a second pick before the break that enabled Earl Mosley’s club to take a 10-7 halftime lead. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound senior also caught two passes for 62 yards — including a 50-yard TD reception — and rushed three times for 14 yards for the 3-0 Wildcats.

Macklin Ayers, QB/LB, Upper Dauphin: Directing an attack that rolled up more than 700 yards of total offense, Ayers completed 8 of 16 passes for 259 yards and a pair of scores in UD’s 74-56 triumph over Millersburg. Ayers tossed a 52-yard TD pass to Zach Rupp in the opening quarter, then capped the first half by hooking up with Dalton Boyer from 43 yards out as the Trojans carried a 41-24 lead into the halftime break. Ayers added a 4-yard TD run in the third quarter.

Levi Engle, QB-DB, and Nick Savage, RB-LB-DE, Williams Valley: Already a fixture after just three weeks, Engle threw just nine times in the Vikings’ 47-21 victory over rival Tri-Valley yet completed seven for 128 yards and four touchdowns. All of Engle’s TD passes arrived in the first half — a 44-yarder to Nick Savage, a 25-yarder to Jayden Cruz and dishes of 10 and 18 yards to younger brother, Jesse — as Tim Savage’s club opened a 40-7 lead. Engle’s effort also allowed him to break Williams Valley’s career record for touchdown passes previously held by Stephen Sedesse (45). Engle is at 48 heading into a Week 4 clash with Susquenita. Engle also recorded his third interception in as many games — he has 12 for his career — returning it 68 yards. Savage, meanwhile, rolled up 119 yards rushing on just 11 attempts and scored on runs of 3 and 2 yards. Savage also opened the scoring for Tim Savage’s bunch, the 5-9, 180-pounder catching a 44-yard touchdown pass from Levi Engle for his lone reception.

Colin Luckenbill, RB, Pine Grove: Luckenbill had another productive outing in Pine Grove’s 33-14 triumph over Newport, rushing 18 times for 152 yards and one touchdown. Luckenbill cashed in from 53 yards out with 2:04 gone in the fourth quarter, upping the Cardinals’ lead to 27-14 as Frank Gaffney’s squad (3-0, 2-0) remained unbeaten.

 

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