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Kyle Swartz plows ahead for 180 yards as Northern upsets Big Spring in Mid-Penn Colonial opener

By Jake Adams:

The Sentinel

NEWVILLE — It was tough to tell Northern was a 1-3 team Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

The Polar Bears, mired early this season in a rebuild, appeared to shed that tag at Big Spring in the opener of Mid-Penn Colonial play, trouncing the heavily favored Bulldogs 34-7 to send a statement through the rest of the Mid-Penn.


Joseph Bruno takes two kickoffs for TDs, Mechanicsburg wins second straight in thriller over Northern

By Jake Adams:

The Sentinel

DILLSBURG — Mechanicsburg spent 10 minutes practicing the victory formation on Thursday, senior Dylan Smith said, and the Wildcats got to use it.

In a heart-pounding, nerve-wracking, come-from-behind win, Mechanicsburg edged Northern 33-30 on a 43-yard touchdown pass with 1:02 to play to move to 2-1 and get back above .500 for the first time in this generation of players’ careers.

“It’s the time of our life,” Smith said.

“This is a huge improvement from last year,” said Will Hoover, who had the game-sealing interception inside a minute to play.

If the Wildcats didn't quite know how to celebrate a win last week, they certainly did this time around. Hoover's interception, an excellent bobbling grab over the top of the intended receiver, started it off even though the clock still had more than 30 ticks left. Mechanicsburg buzzed and bounced on the sidelines, then exploded for joy as the scoreboard showed all zeros in front of a marching band and well-traveled fan section to the school's fight song.



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Game ball winners: Week 0


Each week during the 2017 high school football season, each member of our team--and those working behind the scenes as well at 4th Down Magazine--will pass out game balls to top performers. 

Players will earn five points per game ball. 4th Down will feature the player with the highest point total heading into the PIAA semifinals. We may even throw in a little swag for the overall winner.


Saturday morning QB: Palmyra takes down Camp Hill, Van Buskirk nails 49-yard FG, Adams runs wild and more

By 4th Down Staff

Somebody must have made a deal with Mother Nature for the 2017 version of Week Zero. The opening night of the season was blissfully cool and comfortable for late August.

And a team under stress, the Camp Hill Lions, could not hold up under the heat Palmyra brought in the fourth quarter at Buck Swank.


Saturday Morning QB: LD pulls off upset of the season, Northern knocks Greyhounds from the ranks of the unbeaten, Colts playoff hopes boosted and more

By Andy Shay:

Yes there is a bit more of a nip in the air this morning, so the coffee tastes a little better and that means playoff football is just around the corner.

Before the playoffs kick off in a couple weeks, there’s the biggest upset of the season to address in the Mid-Penn Conference this season.


District 3 AAA Playoff Preview Week 2

By Andy Shay

If the defense of the top four seeds continues to be in lockdown mode as it was in the first round, this might not be as entertaining of a quarterfinal round in person and it appears on paper.