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.
Hershey challenging for a District 5A playoff berth:
*The 4-0 Hershey Trojans are on the District 3 Class 5A playoff bubble entering the final weeks. I have the breakdown for you based on the latest District 3 power ratings where Hershey is currently sixth. First, the Trojans need to beat winless Lower Dauphin and get to 5-0. That’s all they can control. Second, Hershey will get some help from a couple Colonial Division teams. Waynesboro is currently fourth and Mechanicsburg is fifth. Guess who square off Friday night at John H. Frederick Field? Mechanicsburg hosts Waynesboro. So the winner is in and the loser is out. The real help needs to come from Gettysburg. New Oxford, the No. 3 team in the power ratings, travels to Gettysburg. Hershey needs the Warriors to beat the Colonials. Gettysburg is 3-1, losing only to York Suburban two weeks ago 27-18. New Oxford is 4-0 and drubbed that same York Suburban squad 38-6 last week. To sum it up, Hershey needs to win and hope Gettysburg knocks off New Oxford. Otherwise the Trojans are out.
Keystone division top heavy:
Like the Commonwealth Division, the crew from the Keystone is top heavy this strange season with Hershey and Bishop McDevitt each 4-0. The other five teams, Red Land, Cedar Cliff, Mifflin County, Lower Dauphin and Palmyra, are a combined 4-14 overall.
Bishop McDevitt QB firing on all cylinders:
Bishop McDevitt quarterback Lek Powell has thrown nine touchdown passes and posted more than 500 yards through the air his last two games against Cedar Cliff and Cumberland Valley. That’s impressive. Crusaders appear bound for the District 3 Class 4A playoffs with an aerial game in tow.