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Mid-Penn Conference News and Notes: Keystone 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.

Morris the real MVP

I’m well aware Bishop McDevitt has more talented skill players than anybody else. And they have been impressive over the course of eight games. And that depth and level of talent will be a weapon when the second season rolls around. But based on the regular season, my vote for Keystone Division MVP goes to Cedar Cliff RB Jontae Morris.

Not because he’s the “best” player in the division, but because he’s performed at such a high level his value to the Colts has become off the charts. He was coming back from a knee injury and needed a few weeks to settle in and get comfortable. The Colts offense allowed that to happen by throwing the ball more early on to win games. Once he was comfortable in his own football skin toting the rock he took over this offense. He’s rumbled for more than 1,400 yards, has 200-plus carries and 19 touchdowns in nine games. Last week he went for 331 and three scores with a staggering 39 carries. That’s riding a horse right there. He’s my runaway winner.

Falcons need a win, help

Can Lower Dauphin hang on? The upstart Falcons, who didn’t win a game last season, currently reside in the 14th and final playoff spot in Class 5A with 5-4 Palmyra paying a visit to the Concrete Palace. The Cougars are 18th in the power rankings, and like LD are dragging a very low OPW (opponent’s winning percentage) to the table.

I think the Falcons need to beat the Cougars to ensure they get a second season game. The Cougars have to knock off the Falcons and get some help. Either way, these two teams being mentioned with the playoffs was not something anyone expected in August. Well done!

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