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Thursday, February 22, 2024

High School Football: Mid-Penn Conference News and Notes after Week 4

Each week, we’ll take a look through the Mid-Penn Conference, highlighting notes that stood out to us and news you need to know.

The first week of division play in the Mid-Penn Conference didn’t disappoint. We saw plenty of exciting match-ups and a few wrote their names into their school’s record books.  

Here are five observations from the week that was and the weeks coming up. To share updates on your team for a future edition of our News & Notes, email us at 4thdownmagazine@gmail.com

This week’s edition of 4th & Goal, our weekly show with Andy Shay and Jake Adams, we’re taking a closer look at the Liberty Division, what stood out in Week 4, who some of the conference’s best ‘Big ‘Backs’ have been historically and chatting with Hershey’s Angel Cabrera.

Gibney brothers reset Susquenita record book

The Gibney household had plenty to celebrate Friday night despite Susquenita’s 44-27 loss to Upper Dauphin. Quarterback-receiver pair Derek and Drew Gibney each broke Blackhawks records. Derek, the senior Blackhawks gunslinger, set a new high-water mark for career passing yards with 4,356, surpassing the previous mark of 4,327 set by Eric Mullen in 1987. His brother, Drew, set the mark for most career receiving yards with 1,318, breaking Evan Miller’s mark of 1,317 yards in 2013.

Harrisburg’s Calvin Everett reaches milestone

Harrisburg coach Calvin Everett reached a milestone Saturday in his team’s 60-7 victory against Carlisle. A week after a disappointing loss against Manheim Township, the Cougars notched a Commonwealth Division win that was also the 100th career victory for Everett. The accomplishment comes in just his 13th season as head coach of the storied program. Six of his 13 seasons surpassed 11 victories, and under his leadership the Cougars have reached the PIAA state championship tilt in 2016, 2018 and 2022. Everett is still searching for his first state title.

Hershey vs. Milton Hershey has extra luster

This year’s battle for the Cocoa Bean has a little extra luster with both Hershey based teams showing plenty of might. Milton Hershey (3-1) possesses the upper hand with six victories in the last 10 matchups while the Trojans (3-1), off to their best start since 2020, hold bragging rights after their 28-21 victory last year. You can learn more about the history of the Cocoa Bean game here. Watch Saturday’s game online here.

Mid-Penn grads key Lebanon Valley College win

A pair of former Mid-Penn Conference standouts made their mark for Lebanon Valley College in its 31-3 victory against Misericordia on Saturday. Chambersburg’s Malaki Blair hauled in four passes for 73 yards and a touchdown, while Milton Hershey grad Dion Bryant rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

CD East product Chase Edmonds injuried

Former CD East standout running back Chase Edmonds suffered a sprained knee in Tampa Bay’s victory Sunday against the Chicago Bears. Edmonds is expected to miss the next month of action and could land on the injured reserve. The Fordham product has 1,816 career rushing yards since entering the NFL in 2018.

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