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 battle ahead
There is no mystery behind who the top dog is this season in the Colonial, and it’s a familiar name. That distinction goes to Shippensburg in a runaway. Behind them it’s a chase for playoff spots, which means the Waynesboro-Mechanicsburg matchup this week in Franklin County is a hot-seat game for both Class 5A squads. The Indians at 6-2 overall are in a much better spot and have some breathing room. Mechanicsburg sits at No. 11 in the District 3 power rankings and at 5-3 could fall below the 14-team cut line with another loss. Waynesboro would fall into that bubble category with its third loss.
Motivation to come home
West Perry is almost assured of being one of the eight teams in Class 3A to receive an invite to the District 3 playoffs. Even with a 4-4, record they are still No. 4 in the latest power rankings. They have a tough road game at Greencastle-Antrim this week; the Blue Devils are 3-5 and show up every week. Now it’s about getting a home game for the Mustangs. What is their key to playing in Elliottsburg the opening weekend of the second season? Their schedule. The Mustangs have the second-best opponents winning percentage among the 15 teams in Class 3A.