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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Mid-Penn Conference News and Notes: Commonwealth 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.

Numbers not harming Cougars

Depth and numbers are important, but this Harrisburg team is proving that sometimes they don’t matter one single bit. The Cougars’ roster numbers are down this year. That’s no secret. It was still alarming to see less than 35 in uniform for the game Saturday at CD East. Faced with one of the tougher road schedules in the state, Harrisburg has navigated itself to a 6-1 mark with a cast of characters that has just enough talent, grit and heart to be a legitimate District 3 Class 6A playoff contender. As long as this squad stays away from the you-know-what bug, how many guys they have on the sideline doesn’t really matter because those on the field are getting it done.

Herd in playoff mode now

Biggest game on the slate this week involves Carlisle. The Thundering Herd have a road trip to State College to play the Little Lions. I think Carlisle is a playoff team this season. But this is a must-have game to set the table. Right now the Herd are 4-3, and in Class 6A my gorilla math tells me 6-4 will slide under the wire and make the cut. Altoona at home and a trip to the Speedway to tangle with CD East is still on deck. Lose this game and those become must-have wins. Monster game for the Herd.

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