By Andy Shay:
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.
Related: Watch High School Football Now with Eric Epler and Andy Shay. This week, we’re joined by four-star recruit Mehki Flowers and dynamic defensive end Tydre Holland Alli from Steel-High; we break down last week’s action including video highlights from several match ups; Eric and Andy make their picks and predictions and a take a look at teams that are over or under valued.
- You take wins any way you can get them when your offense is struggling, so Cumberland Valley getting to 1-1 is a step forward after getting bulldozed by Altoona in the opener. The Eagles’ offense is struggling big-time, with only two touchdowns in eight quarters. Change takes time, and the offense new skipper Josh Oswalt runs will need some seasoning to become functional. CD East is suffering from the same low-wattage output from its offense as well. The Panthers defense, though, has put together eight solid quarters and that’s not going to change much.
- Central Dauphin has more weapons than I thought. Good gracious. Everyone knew Timmy Smith and Max Mosey would be studs and carry the load. But head coach Glen McNamee has plenty of options and an offensive line that will give them all space.
- WELCOME BACK Harrisburg Cougars. I said last week they were missed, and now Calvin Everett’s squad has a game with Berks Catholic this week. Not sure if Harrisburg will play any Commonwealth Division games, though. Schedule is set.
- Nice to see Carlisle back playing after some COVID issues within the school district. Picked up a solid win against Chambersburg in their opener. Being in the Commonwealth Division has its pitfalls, though. Thundering Herd host Central Dauphin this week.