By Andy Shay
So the third week of the season, which was actually Week 2, is behind us. I’m a big fan of the heat. But these steamy Friday nights are getting old. It was still 90 degrees when the game was OVER.
Still, nothing like a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning and some high school football, right?
Let’s start with the Commonwealth Division of the Mid-Penn Conference. Can you say muscle flex? No fewer than five teams are 2-0. It’s still early, but I’m impressed.
Central Dauphin, as expected, CD East, Carlisle, State College and Cumberland Valley each have a couple notches on the left side of the ledger (wins) in as many tries.
The most eye catching performance from a Commonwealth player in Week 2 was Central Dauphin QB A.J. Millar throwing for 209 on 11 completions with a touchdown. Very, very interesting for sure. The Rams did have seven penalties and one turnover. That’s going to cost CD some hills. Just a guess, though.
Cumberland Valley piled up more than 300 yards on the ground at Central York. So what else is new right? No fewer than 11 players had at least one carry for the Eagles, led by Josiah Quigley’s 142 yards on 15 totes.
Don’t think we didn’t notice CV did have three turnovers and eight penalties, yet still won by 28. That needs cleaning up. Not too many teams can lose the turnover battle 3-0 and win by four touchdowns.
Cedar Cliff scored how many points? Why that would be 40 ... again. It’s what the Colts do. They also led 40-0 midway through the third quarter and called off the dogs against Mifflin County. Grant Breneman threw for 188 yards and a couple scores. He did have two picks as well, though.
Call me crazy, but Bishop McDevitt losing to the No. 5 team in the country, DeMatha, 35-7 is respectable in my book.
How good is Palmyra’s defense? The Cougars’ D has surrendered only one touchdown in 12 quarters this season with a pair of shutouts already under their belt. And Chris Pope’s troops were picked to finish sixth in the MPC Capital? They won’t finish sixth this season, you can count on that.
Big Spring crushed Biglerville behind 165 yards and three touchdowns on the ground from Ryan Adams. And he did this all in only nine carries.
East Pennsboro and Middletown were each impressive again in Week 2. If you have any idea how this Wild, Wild West Division is going to shake out in the MPC Capital, please let me know.
Harrisburg plays Reading and Milton Hershey host Greencatle-Antrim in your Saturday offerings. Stay cool, but enjoy your coffee.