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.


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Williams Valley quarterback Levi Engle earned a Game Ball from our crew at 4th Down for his performance in Week 2 against Newport. (File Photo/Christina Hoy-4th Down)

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.


4th Down Game Balls


Adam Burkhart, FB-LB, Central Dauphin: Simply stated, there was zero chance Burkhart and the Rams defense would let Friday’s physical scrape with Berks Catholic slip away. No. 46 was an absolute beast for Glen McNamee’s side, rushing 17 times for 118 yards and the game’s only score, a 1-yard blast midway through the third quarter. Defensively, CD’s top linebacker was even better, stacking up 15 tackles and helping the Rams hold a tough and talented Berks Catholic team to roughly 3 yards per carry. That’s not easy.


Crusaders' offense, Bishop McDevitt: The Crusaders' offense put on a show Friday night against Gettysburg in a wild 48-35 victory at Rocco Ortenzio Stadium. Get used to it. This is a machine with dynamic weapons throughout. Senior quarterback Chase Deihl carved up the Gettysburg secondary with 355 yards and five scores--three of them to D1 recruit Nazir Burnett who hauled in a team-high 10 snags for 258 yards. T'nyis Becker powered the run game--toting the rock 17 times for 136 stripes and two scores.


Griffin Weidler, K, Palmyra: We’re going outside the box a little here by tagging the Cougars’ best leg. In reality, it’s a no-brainer. Every minute counts during the 10-week blitz that is the regular season, and capitalizing on every scoring opportunity is paramount for most franchises, particularly one trying to claw its way back to the postseason. Well, Weidler help keep momentum in Palmyra’s camp Friday vs. Mechanicsburg, booting 4 field goals, including three in the opening half, that secured a 22-3 halftime edge for the Cougars. Griffin connected on kicks of 39, 38, 35 and 36 yards, also known as a solid day’s work.


Keyshawn Jones, RB, Chambersburg: Don’t look now but the Trojans are 2-0 for the first time in five seasons. Jones has been a vital component in that perfect start, and he proved it again Friday vs. South Western, a eventual 51-26 triumph. For his part, Jones branded the Mustangs for 132 rushing yards, another 92 receiving, and a pair of touchdowns that kept the Trojans in overdrive. He posted TD runs of 26 and 89 yards.


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Nathan Fetchkan, RB/LB, Big Spring: The game I was at this week… Sure, it was James Buchanan and a 34-0 win, but Fetchkan and Big Spring’s offense as a whole did a good job of carving up the Rockets’ defense much of the game. He was sitting at 71 yards on the night when Fetchkan burst through a gaping hole on the left side and sprinted 73 yards on his 12th and final carry of the night for a score. His 144 stripes were more than half of the Bulldogs’ 269 for the night. By the way… JB looks to be on the upswing. It’s going to be a long road, but they didn’t look completely overmatched in Newville. The Bulldogs just had bigger and more bodies, and more weapons from which to choose. Good small step for the Rockets.


Terrance Quaker, WR/DB/KR, West Perry: Guys, the Mustangs are 2-0 and might have an even better offense than last year. Kenyon Johnson will run the show most nights, but he got to take a backseat Friday for another talented skill guy. Quaker, a senior, scored four times in a 55-6 win over York Tech. Yeah, yeah… it’s York Tech, but I’ll give a guy a game ball when he pulls off a trifecta: scoring on a kick return, interception return and in the run game. He took the kickoff 84 yards and the pick-six 30. Both runs came from inside 25 yards.


Adam Houser, RB/DB, Shippensburg: It felt like last year Houser was set to break out. In 2016, the then-sophomore ran for 1,211 yards as the Greyhounds stunned many in getting to the District 3 championship for the first time. But injuries and a rebuilt Ship offense zapped Houser’s junior year, holding him to just 564 yards. Well, he appears to be back to his old ways: 36 carries, 315 yards, six rushing TDs. In Friday’s win over West York, in which Houser accounted for 20 of the 21 points scored (a two-point conversion helped), he ran 24 times for 151 yards and three scores. He’s been one of the best backs in the MPC so far this season.


Andy Shay Game Balls

Jose Lopez, RB, Middletown: Took the very first offensive snap of the game and set the tone for the Blue Raiders by racing untouched by a single Northern defender for a 74-yard touchdown run. Lopez finished with more than 200 total yards on 28 touches on a night where points were hard to come by for both squads. In a tight road game against a fellow physical team, having your best player become a workhorse shows the versatility of Lopez.


Jay Rodriguez, QB, Hershey: I know the Trojans are 0-2 and offense and points are not easy to come by for Hershey. Nobody can say, though, Rodriguez is not doing his part. He accounted for nearly 200 of Hershey’s 264 total yards against Cedar Crest including tossing a 12-yard TD pass to Glo Hampton in the second quarter to forge a 7-all tie midway through the second quarter. In two games, both losses where the Trojans had opportunities to come away with wins, Rodriguez has accounted for more than 400 total yards passing and running. He’s giving his team a shot and he made Cedar Crest dig deep for the win.


Red Land Patriots Defense: Former long-time coach Frank Gay and crew needed to win this game to gain some badly needed momentum this season. This is clearly a transition year for the program, and there isn’t much elite talent so grinding out wins together is the only way this club is going to have success. Enter the Red Land defense against East Pennsboro. On a night where the only chance for a Patriots victory was a shutout, the Red Land defense stuck its foot in the ground and made a stand. The Pats’ D limited East Pennsboro to 91 total yards on 45 plays and made running the ball virtually impossible. The Panthers managed only 9 yards on the ground via 23 carries. Red Land is 1-1.


Michael Bullock Game Balls: 

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.


Evan Herb, QB, Line Mountain: In beating Susquenita 14-6, Herb tossed a pair of first-quarter touchdowns to stake the Eagles (1-1, 1-0) to a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, finishing 14-of-26 for 151 yards and an INT.

Levi Engle, QB, Williams Valley: Cruising by Newport 40-21 in the most hyped game of the early slate of the Tri-Valley League season, Engle ran and threw for three scores in the first half. The dual-threat signal caller tossed for 534 yards (3-for-5) — he threw touchdown passes of 29 yards to his brother, Jesse, and 3 yards to Jayden Cruz to close out the opening half — and ran seven times for 159 yards, his 49-yard TD run triggering a 28-point second quarter. Engle also swiped an opposing pass, the 11th of his career, for the second straight week.

Dalton Kintzel and Collin Luckenbill, RB, Pine Grove: Using the big, physical front that lines up in front of him, Kintzel rushed 12 times for 131 yards and three first-half touchdowns in the Cardinals’ 48-8 victory at Millersburg. Kintzel scored on runs of 3, 7 and 11 yards as Frank Gaffney’s bunch (2-0, 1-0) bolted to a 34-0 halftime lead. Luckenbill also had a big opening half, scoring on runs 4 and 71 yards. He finished with 168 yards on 11 totes for a Pine Grove squad that rolled up nearly 400 yards (396) just on the ground against the smaller Indians (0-2, 0-1).


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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.

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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.