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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Mid-Penn Conference News and Notes: Capital Division

Each week during the 2021 season we’ll offer some news, notes, tidbits and opinions from each of the five divisions in the Mid-Penn Conference.

Big game for the Rollers

Something tells me we are going to learn a lot about this 2021 Steel-High squad this week. It was a pretty smooth and comfortable ride until last week. Oh, there was a speed bump or two. Trinity, for example, but nothing really to shake this team. And then Big Spring dropped a 35-point victory bomb in the Rollers’ lap. Was that a one-week thing?

Well, another full-metal-jacket test awaits the defending PIAA Class 1A champions Saturday when one-loss Boiling Springs pays a visit to Cottage Hill. Some Rollers fans might argue Steel-High needs to bounce back and win this game to get back on stable ground. I 100% disagree. Show up and give a good accounting of yourself. Even before the result last week, I saw the Rollers as a clear-cut underdog in this game all along. Make it a game. Another blowout loss and the apple cart is suddenly on shaky ground when it comes to big-picture goals.

Big Spring gets no rest

No rest for the weary who pulled off the most shocking result of the regular season. Of course I’m talking about Big Spring. Beating Steel-High is not the reason I see it as such a shocking result. It’s the 35-point difference and holding the Rollers to only 14 points.

THAT is the real shocker. Anyway, the Bulldogs better not have the least little hangover with a postseason berth on the line. Big Spring hits the road to play a Middletown team that has found its game and is playing its best football of the season. The work for the Bulldogs is far from done. They have the pieces to win this game and are the favorite in my eyes. Middletown will not make it easy, though.

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