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.
Harrisburg battle tested heading into home bout against Carlisle:
Harrisburg has played one of the top five schedules in District 3 through the first month of the season based on the Cougars’ opponents winning percentage. To come out with a 3-1 record has to exceed expectations. No rest for the competitive weary, though, as Carlisle is paying a visit to Severance Field Saturday. The Thundering Herd are also 3-1 and coming off their first loss of the season. Carlisle is better equipped to compete at this level after clearing some cobwebs and figuring out they can compete at this level down the stretch against Cumberland Valley. If this one isn’t tight, color me surprised.
CD likely to return to action Friday:
All indications are Central Dauphin will return from a two-week COVID-19 hiatus to travel down Interstate 81 to pay a visit to the Trojans in Chambersburg. Going 21 days without playing will be a factor for sure in this game. That start, stop, restart trio is trickier to navigate than you might think based on results and feedback I got after last season. You are happy to be out there again, but it’s all sort of new and different again. It will be interesting to see what the Rams bring to the table. They were still working on the building blocks when the shutdown happened. CD is playing catch-up for sure. It does, however, give them an additional dog in the fight.
Commonwealth heavyweights collide at The Speedway:
I have no idea what’s going to happen Friday night when State College visits The Speedway to take on CD East. It’s such a pivotal game for both clubs, and I can easily give you five quick reasons why each team could win. This is the most intriguing game in the entire Mid-Penn Conference this week.