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News and Notes: Mid-Penn Colonial

Each week during the 2020 season we’ll offer some news, notes, tidbits and opinions from each of the five divisions in the Mid-Penn Conference.

Wildcats set to face off against Governor Mifflin: 

What a wild ride for undefeated Mechanicsburg. There wasn’t much drama in the Wildcats’ 35-7 victory over Waynesboro to get to 5-0. Essentially the game was over by halftime — like most of the Wildcats games this season. The real drama was after the game was over as Mechanicsburg waited to find out if it was going to be part of the Class 5A playoff bracket. First they were in, then out, then back in. It was crazy close in the end. Red Lion with a 4-2 record was dangerously close to vaulting past Mechanicsburg. Shows you the value of strength of schedule. The reward is a matchup with No. 1 seed Governor Mifflin. Don’t think for a second this matchup will intimate Mechanicsburg. This same core group made it to the playoffs a year ago and played Warwick.

Northern’ consistent offensive attack a weapon heading into the District 3-4A playoffs

The other Colonial squad to punch a postseason ticket is the Polar Bears from Northern, who are the No. 3 seed in Class 4A. Three of Northern’s five victories — West Perry, Greencastle-Antrim and Susquehanna Township — are by one score. The Indians’ game last Friday required a late comeback to get the win in OT. I think a first-round matchup with ELCO next week is an interesting proposition. And everybody in Class 4A is quietly happy Bishop McDevitt missed the cut. What grabs you about the Polar Bears is their consistency on offense, producing 30-plus points in all five contests.

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