By Andy Shay:
Inside The Mid-Penn Conference
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.
1. All indications are State College is out of COVID-19 lockdown and in-person school has resumed, so that means contact sports can start practicing and playing. Hopefully that holds and the Little Lions can get back to business. Which brings us to the first order of business for them. That would be a road game at Central Dauphin. That’s just brutal. Don’t think for a second the Little Lions won’t show up. I’m just not sure right out of the gate if 48 minutes of hanging with the Rams is in the cards. I’d much prefer each team have 8-12 quarters under their belts before trading paint. No such luck in 2020, though.
2. CD East taking on Exeter Township on short notice earns my respect. We know the Panthers are looking for a couple more pieces to round out the 2020 version, but taking on the balanced Eagles and hanging within a touchdown until the fourth quarter isn’t a bad start. It’s not a W, but it feels like progress.
3. Only a week into the 2020 season and I already miss the Harrisburg Cougars. I respect the decision to be cautious and postpone. My understanding is the district is considering avenues to possibly return. Either way, the Cougars are missed.
4. Am I wrong in thinking Cumberland Valley isn’t as bad as Altoona made them look and the Mountain Lions aren’t as good as the Eagles made them look? I’m often wrong, though. Good gracious the only real close part of that game was the final score.