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.
Hershey Trojans the surprise of the Mid-Penn?
The biggest surprise in the Keystone Division, and perhaps the entire Mid-Penn Conference, is the Hershey Trojans. A lot of the focus has been on the Trojans’ offense, but for my money the work head coach Mark Painter and staff have done on the defensive side of the ball is what jumps out to me. The Trojans are 3-0 and have winless Mifflin County and struggling Lower Dauphin on the schedule the next two weeks. Are we talking a 5-0 Hershey team?
McDevitt passes test:
So, after a couple glorified scrimmages, Bishop McDevitt was finally tested by Cedar Cliff last Friday. The Colts, who went into this contest with back-to-back wins over McDevitt, threw the kitchen sink at the Crusaders and still came up two scores short. We’ve heard plenty about some of the younger talent on this Crusaders roster. I can report those young bucks are pretty darn good. McDevitt’s offense is lethal, and defensively they are rotating a lot of guys in-and-out without much change. Somehow it never changes that turnovers and penalties make it harder on McDevitt than it should be at times.
Keystone Division struggling
It should come as no surprise that overall the Keystone Division is struggling. Five of the seven teams have losing records, and Lower Dauphin, Mifflin County and Palmyra are winless.