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Results: Picks and Predictions from Week No. 1

Standings after Week 1:

Adam Kulikowski: 24-4

Andy Shay: 23-5

Andy Sandrik: 23-5

Geoff Morrow: 17-11

Friday, Aug. 26


Steel-High 21, Bishop Canevin 14

Andy Shay: Bishop Canevin 37, Steel-High 35: Great small-school opener for a pair of defending district champs who have high aspirations in 2022. The WPIAL champs from a year ago, like the Rollers, have a core group of young players that are difference makers. Toss-up game.

Geoff Morrow: Bishop Canevin 44, Steel-High 42: A football showcase on opening weekend? On Chambersburg’s fancy field? And I’m no longer a full-time sportswriter? And THIS is one of the premier matchups? I feel robbed. What an outstanding start to the 2022 season.

Andy Sandrik: Steel-High 42, Bishop Canevin 41: Give me the Rollers in a shootout on Chambersburg’s fast turf field. What a game to kick off the weekend.

Adam Kulikowski: Steel-High 45, Bishop Canevin 41: I absolutely love the idea of the Chambersburg Peach Bowl — where this game will be one of six gems on the docket in Week 1 in Franklin County. Give me the Rollers with their potentially dominating big men and the two-time all-state QB. 

Boiling Springs 66, Littlestown 18

Andy Shay: Boiling Springs 21, Littlestown 14: That was quite a two-year run for the Bubblers, capped by an 11-win season a year ago. Boiling Springs lost so much offensive firepower at the skill positions. That takes time to replace. Defense and line play will need to be top notch to get a first win in 2022.

Geoff Morrow: Littlestown 21, Boiling Springs 13: Many years ago when I worked at the Reading Eagle, there was (and still is) a fabulous photographer there named Lauren Little who hailed, of course, from Littlestown. My question? Where the hell is Morrowsburg?

Andy Sandrik: Boiling Springs 28, Littlestown 14: Success breeds success, which is why I think Boiling Springs will come out victorious Friday, despite some graduation losses.

Adam Kulikowski: Boiling Springs 14, Littlestown 6: Bubblers may need to rely a little more on their defense as they break in a new gamut of playmakers on offense, but with four all-stars returning on the defensive side of the ball, coach Brad Zell won’t mind leaning on those gents early on. 

Shippensburg 28, Cedar Cliff 10

Andy Shay: Shippensburg 31, Cedar Cliff 20: This is a Week 1 heavy hitter for sure. The Colts’ defense isn’t quite ready for what the Greyhounds’ offense will bring to the table.

Geoff Morrow: Cedar Cliff 24, Shippensburg 21: For fun, I googled top speeds of a colt (55 mph) and a greyhound (45 mph). To me, a 10 mph difference between animals = a field goal difference between football teams.

Andy Sandrik: Shippensburg 31, Cedar Cliff 21: If you’re wondering whether the Keystone or Colonial is a stronger division, this game could go a long way toward answering that question.

Adam Kulikowski: Shippensburg 35, Cedar Cliff 28: This one should be well worth the price of admission in Greyhound country. Give the nod to the Greyhounds with that stout returning duo of QB Tucker Chamberlin and wideout Erby Weller.

Greencastle-Antrim 28, Big Spring 13

Andy Shay: Big Spring 31, Greencastle-Antrim 14: There will be a question for the Bulldogs at running back after a memorable season a year ago. QB Ethan Eisenberg will help provide some of those answers. The Blue Devils will be better than a year ago.

Geoff Morrow: Big Spring 35, Greencastle-Antrim 21: I’m a wee bit out of the loop (as most might be able to tell by my off-the-wall breakdowns), but this feels like it should be a division game to me. Either way, this is a gorgeous place for football.

Andy Sandrik: Big Spring 14, Greencastle-Antrim 7: I could be wrong, but I see this as a game Big Spring wins with its defense.

Adam Kulikowski: Big Spring 27, Greencastle-Antrim 14: The Blue Devils have shown strides in the right direction, and I think that will continue in ’22. But this Week 1 matchup favors the Bulldogs.

Hamburg 48, Halifax 6

Andy Shay: Hamburg 42, Halifax 7: Coming off a record year, the Hawks’ head coach resigned after only one season. A more wide-open offense, Hamburg ditched the Wing-T and will allow its experienced QB to shine in this one.

Geoff Morrow: Hamburg 40, Halifax 13: This matchup has a very European feel to it. Let’s go with the boys from Deutschland.

Andy Sandrik: Hamburg 35, Halifax 12: Hamburg has lost a fair share of its all-star talent from a year ago but brings back QB Xander Menapace, who could have some big numbers this weekend. 

Adam Kulikowski: Hamburg 43, Halifax 14: A win in Week 1 for Hamburg’s new head coach Matt Hoffert would be quite special for the 2001 grad.

Gettysburg 25, Hershey 14

Andy Shay: Gettysburg 34, Hershey 28: Nice to have the Warriors back in the MPC, and their head coach knows the territory very well. Gettysburg is the favorite, but it won’t be an easy opener.

Geoff Morrow: Gettysburg 26, Hershey 21: Gettysburg trying to decide on conferences is like me trying to figure out which ice cream flavor I want.

Andy Sandrik: Hershey 19, Gettysburg 15: Another fun Keystone-Colonial crossover. Could be a bruise-fest. 

Adam Kulikowski: Gettysburg 27, Hershey 17: Matt Heiser’s return to the Mid-Penn Conference kicks off in fine fashion with a win against the Trojans. 

Altoona 19, Hollidaysburg 9

Andy Shay: Altoona 31, Hollidaysburg 7: With all the attention on the Little League World Series squad from Hollidaysburg, as it should be, the Tigers have quietly been grinding away on finding offensive answers. Too many questions still remain to have success against a more seasoned Altoona group.

Geoff Morrow: Altoona 34, Hollidaysburg 16: One of my volleyball teammates is originally from Altoona, and Mike is a cool dude. It pains me to say it, but my personal rivalry with the Blair County town might be ending. SHEETZ FOR EVERYONE!

Andy Sandrik: Altoona 26, Hollidaysburg 7: The Golden Tigers have graduated more than 1,300 yards of rushing and will be breaking in a new QB. You know ‘Toona wants that rivalry shutout.

Adam Kulikowski: Altoona 28, Hollidaysburg 6: This Week 1 matchup should provide a nice taste of what the full-time role under center will be like for first-year quarterback Sean Bettwy. 

Palmyra 14, Lebanon 6

Andy Shay: Palmyra 34, Lebanon 7: Rebounding from an 0-fer in the win column takes more than one offseason to change course. Cougars have a new head coach for the first time in a couple decades and were a .500 squad a year ago with more known pieces in place.

Geoff Morrow: Palmyra 28, Lebanon 21: If you’ve been around these parts long enough and paid enough attention to the local sports bylines, you’ll recognize the names David Bohr (from Palmyra) and John Tuscano (from Lebanon). I’m not sure who wins if those two battle on the hardwood or in checkers, but the edge goes to Bohr’s hometown in this football game.

Andy Sandrik: Palmyra 25, Lebanon 14: There are going to be a LOT of new faces Friday night at Buck Swank Stadium. Give me the all-new cast of characters for the Cougars in a grind-it-out win over the Cedars.

Adam Kulikowski: Palmyra 20, Lebanon 14: Chris Pavone takes over the reins of a program he once played for — that’s pretty cool! Can he be the spark that’s needed to get the Cougars on track in 2022? 

Penns Valley 41, Line Mountain 13

Andy Shay: Penns Valley 21, Line Mountain 14: With roughly 18 starters back, including 10 on the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles should be better than a two-win squad. Tough opener, though.

Geoff Morrow: Penns Valley 16, Line Mountain 7: If memory serves, the Eagles struggled to find the end zone in 2021. Which, considering this is football, isn’t a strategy for success. Let’s hope they stop zigzagging and just find the straight line to pay dirt this season.

Andy Sandrik: Penns Valley 24, Line Mountain 21: Some defensive talent returns for the Eagles, and they will be put to the test with the Rams’ Jackson-Romig-to-Miles-Brooks connection. The pair hooked up for more than 700 yards and seven TDs last season.

Adam Kulikowski: Penns Valley 17, Line Mountain 7: Scoring points came at a premium for the Eagles last season. Find a little more firepower to support a defense that played well a year ago and returns much of that crew, and the Eagles just might be a tough out. 

Cumberland Valley 31, Manheim Township 27

Andy Shay: Cumberland Valley 20, Manheim Township 14: Very intriguing MPC vs. Lebanon-Lancaster League clash. The Eagles have to play well. A mediocre outing won’t obtain this result against a Blue Streaks team that lacks high-octane pop but is built to grind.

Geoff Morrow: Manheim Township 28, Cumberland Valley 27: The Blue Streaks won the two most recent matchups, which were playoff battles in 2019 and 2017.

Andy Sandrik: Cumberland Valley 21, Manheim Township 17: Chapman Field, now the host site for the PIAA championships, has moved from grass to turf. That benefits the Eagles. It also benefits Streaks QB Hayden Johnson, who threw for 25 TDs last year. I think CV needs to win the turnover battle to survive this game. 

Adam Kulikowski: Cumberland Valley 28, Manheim Township 13: Coach Josh Oswalt is now in his third year at the helm of the Eagles. This is a group of young lads who know his system well and are anxious to return to the postseason after just missing the dance last year.

Carlisle 28, Mechanicsburg 14

Andy Shay: Carlisle 28, Mechanicsburg 14: Could easily be a higher number for the Thundering Herd if they find some Week 1 mojo. Each squad has enough cooking on defense to impact the game.

Geoff Morrow: Carlisle 39, Mechanicsburg 33: The Herd have won seven straight in this series, all but one of those by at least two scores. So it’s the Wildcats who have more to prove here.

Andy Sandrik: Carlisle 42, Mechanicsburg 29: I actually like both of these defenses in the Backyard Brawl, but this series has been full of big plays in recent years.

Adam Kulikowski: Carlisle 35, Mechanicsburg 14: Herd QB Louis Shank and X-factor running back Ezeekai Thomas are both returning for another run through the Commonwealth gauntlet. That’s a powerful one-two punch for the Wildcats to slow.

Mifflin County 14, Central Mountain 7

Andy Shay: Central Mountain 33, Mifflin County 7: This tailspin the Huskies are in seems like one of those cyclones you can’t get away from. Lots of reasons, but consistent losses are the common thread.

Geoff Morrow: Central Mountain 30, Mifflin County 15: Going with the Wildcats. Did you know Central Mountain is the home of Penn State/NFL kicking legend Robbie Gould?

Andy Sandrik: Mifflin County 29, Central Mountain 27: Pop quiz time: Aside from Bishop McDevitt, which Keystone team returns the most all-conference all-stars? That would be the Huskies.

Adam Kulikowski: Central Mountain 28, Mifflin County 14: It’s been tough sledding for the Huskies over the last two-plus years as they look to break a 17-game skid dating to the 2019 circuit. The road hasn’t gotten any easier in 2022. 

Camp Hill 43, Newport 7

Andy Shay: Newport 26, Camp Hill 20: Neither squad had a winning season a year ago and lost some key pieces. The Buffaloes are more solid up front, and the Lions will be a more underclassmen-led squad, so growing pains are expected.

Geoff Morrow: Camp Hill 29, Newport 26: It’s that time of year again! Time for everybody to misspell Siebert Park, home of the Lions!

Andy Sandrik: Camp Hill 24, Newport 17: Camp Hill might struggle to stop the rush from a bigger Newport line, so look for the Lions to quickly get the ball to their tall group of WRs, who should have the advantage on 50-50 balls. 

Adam Kulikowski: Camp Hill 28, Newport 21: What to expect from these two squads is a bit of a mystery to me, but we know the Lions are going to come out firing the rock downfield. And they have some weapons, highlighted by senior Mike Shartle. 

Pine Grove 14, Northern Lebanon 9

Andy Shay: Pine Grove 21, Northern Lebanon 20: This is just a wild guess. Both rosters feature plenty of young players at this level, and one group is going to take a step forward here.

Geoff Morrow: Northern Lebanon 21, Pine Grove 19: NorLeb always makes me think back to that one year we did a “Student Section Showdown” at PennLive, and the Vikings’ students went all-in to pull the upset and win our weird little contest.

Andy Sandrik: Pine Grove 27, Northern Lebanon 21: The Vikings won a close opener last year. The Cardinals have a few returning parts, and I think they return the favor this time around.

Adam Kulikowski: Pine Grove 14, Northern Lebanon 7: New Cardinals head man Dave Shiffer has some pieces to build on a 1-9 2021 campaign. But the chore won’t be easy as Pine Grove transitions to the Red Division — one that features dates with North Schuylkill, Jim Thorpe and Tamaqua. 

CD East 31, Reading 12

Andy Shay: CD East 26, Reading 13: This is a very nice way to get all those greenhorns the Panthers are going to look at for answers a little quality seat time that matters.

Geoff Morrow: CD East 39, Reading 20: I’m not connected enough right now to know this for sure, but what’s happening at East feels foundational to me. Like, this is a program that I expect to win and/or compete with the best almost all the time now.

Andy Sandrik: CD East 24, Reading 12: Both Reading, which went 1-7 last season, and CD East, searching for its identity after losing a star-studded class, have something to prove. Panthers get it done at home. 

Adam Kulikowski: CD East 31, Reading 13: Any team that can retool successfully after losing nine all-conference players gets a tip of the cap and a round of root beer on me. That’s the challenge ahead of the Panthers after the Lance Deane-led team posted a 7-4 mark and playoff berth in 2021. 

Northern York 45, Red Land 6

Andy Shay: Northern York 35, Red Land 14: Patriots lost their head coach to a resignation and starting QB to a transfer. Up front they are solid, but the Polar Bears are looking to make some real noise with 16 seniors and plenty of vets at key spots.

Geoff Morrow: Northern York 33, Red Land 7: I don’t know what to make of my alma mater (RLHS) anymore. But I do know the Polar Bears always seem to have a competitive crew.

Andy Sandrik: Northern York 44, Red Land 22: Patriots want to stay competitive and establish an identity, while the loaded P-Bears simply want to launch their backyard rivals into outer space.

Adam Kulikowski: Northern York 34, Red Land 20: The Polar Bears always seem to have a chip on their shoulder as they fight for respect in the Colonial Division. They have the experience this year to be a force. That starts on night No. 1 against a Patriots squad in full transition. 

Milton Hershey 26, Susquehanna Township 18

Andy Shay: Milton Hershey 27, Susquehanna Township 14: This is closer to a 50-50 game than you might think, but that base offense of the Spartans will feature enough to make the difference. 

Geoff Morrow: Susquehanna Township 22, Milton Hershey 21: I hate homers, ESPECIALLY in the press box, but I admit I’m going full homer here as a taxpayer in the ‘Hanna school district and a scorekeeper for the ‘Hanna hoops team. I just wish they’d finally dump the outdated Indians nickname and pick something new and creative.

Andy Sandrik: Milton Hershey 21, Susquehanna Township 14: Coin flip game? I’m intrigued.

Adam Kulikowski: Milton Hershey 33, Susquehanna Township 13: The Indians continue to rebuild after a winless season. Coach Joe Headen’s crew will find a few dubs along the circuit, but an opening night toast seems out of reach. 

Trinity 35, Delone Catholic 7

Andy Shay: Trinity 28, Delone Catholic 21: A year ago this was a massive upset victory by the Shamrocks. The Squires put together a better overall 2021, though. Trinity has more firepower at the skill positions right now. It’s that simple — maybe!

Geoff Morrow: Trinity 30, Delone Catholic 20: With last year’s triumph and growing expectations around the Shamrocks program, anything less than a victory here would be disappointing for J-Hill and crew.

Andy Sandrik: Trinity 21, Delone Catholic 14: Delone Catholic returns its QB, but other than that, who is going to score points for the Squires? I see this as a low-scoring game, with Trinity holding the offensive advantage.

Adam Kulikowski: Trinity 33, Delone Catholic 27: Deja vu all over again? I’m not sure this would be called an upset again with the returning talent the Shamrocks possess. 

Tri-Valley 20, Minersville 13

Andy Shay: Tri-Valley 32, Minersville 14: This version of the Bulldogs will look very similar to a year ago when T-V won nine games and was ridiculously hard to score against with any consistency. O-line has some questions that need answered, though.

Geoff Morrow: Tri-Valley 21, Minersville 6: Bulldogs do what they do, and they do it very well. My wife has been playing Minecraft lately when we watch some late-evening TV, and that’s about all I know about Miners at this point.

Andy Sandrik: Tri-Valley 28, Minersville 21: Minersville brings back some quality players, including most of its defense. Look for this one to be much closer than last year’s 47-7 blowout by the Bulldogs. 

Adam Kulikowski: Tri-Valley 38, Minersville 14: Defense carried the Bulldogs last year, often holding opponents to single digits. Seven starters return on each side of the ball, offering Jeff Sampson’s crew a rock solid base to build on in 2022.

Spring Grove 46, Waynesboro 14

Andy Shay: Waynesboro 28, Spring Grove 14: Friendly reminder the Indians lost three games last year and two of them were to SG — in the season opener and again in the playoffs. Revenge on the table here? Not sure the Rockets are at the same level as a year ago.

Geoff Morrow: Spring Grove 17, Waynesboro 15: The Rockets found a formula that worked twice last year, so why not again in 2022? Though I imagine the ‘Boro REALLY wants to flip that script.

Andy Sandrik: Waynesboro 35, Spring Grove 28: These teams have had some physical scraps over the past few years and aren’t exactly friends. Look for the Rockets to pull out all the stops in their home opener.

Adam Kulikowski: Waynesboro 34, Spring Grove 13: The Indians will go as far as their dynamic sophomore running back Mikel Holden can carry them. This cat has full control of the backfield after the graduation of Aiden Mencia. He just might run wild Friday. 

State College 42, Williamsport 14

Andy Shay: State College 35, Williamsport 14: All I know is State College is built on a very strong and powerful base up front and has more zip on the edges than you think. They will be a tough out in 2022!

Geoff Morrow: State College 26, Williamsport 16: Little Lions waited until playoff time to really turn up the heat on last year’s season. Guessing it won’t take as long to find a groove in 2022.

Andy Sandrik: State College 24, Williamsport 14: I think this is a good Week 1 test for the Little Lions’ defense. The Millionaires return accurate senior QB George Whaley, who was effective both through the air (732 pass yards, 7 TDs, 3 INTs) and on the ground (5.3 ypc)

Adam Kulikowski: State College 31, Williamsport 14: Whoever emerges as QB1 from a four-horse battle to lead the Little Lions will have a strong supporting cast and some pretty mighty gents up front providing protection. Lions kick off their 2022 circuit on a strong note as they look to re-establish themselves as an upper echelon team. 

Williams Valley 42, Upper Dauphin 30

Andy Shay: Williams Valley 38, Upper Dauphin 14: In case you were wondering, the Vikings are still loaded and could be even more explosive than a year ago. The Trojans have too many questions that need answers, and it starts at quarterback.

Geoff Morrow: Williams Valley 40, Upper Dauphin 21: Just one hell of a consistently impressive small school from up thataway.

Andy Sandrik: Williams Valley 33, Upper Dauphin 10: Williams Valley, with its top QB, RB and WR all back, once again looks ready to do Williams Valley things.

Adam Kulikowski: Williams Valley 32, Upper Dauphin 6: What’s different for the Vikings? By one lad, they are now a 2A squad. What’s not different? Their approach to thumping opponents. All-State feature back Alex Achenbach and backfield mate Logan Williard should provide plenty of firepower to zip past the Trojans. 

Saturday, Aug. 27


West Perry 35, Susquenita 6

Andy Shay: West Perry 35, Susquenita 20: New coach for the Blackhawks will see what an experienced QB and RB bring to the table for the Mustangs. It will be all about keeping up because West Perry will score points.

Geoff Morrow: West Perry 38, Susquenita 21: I’m calling this one the “Johnny Alphabets Bowl” in honor of the late, great Perry County Times sportswriter John Alvanitakis. RIP, buddy.

Andy Sandrik: West Perry 42, Susquenita 16: Nothing makes me feel younger than seeing names of kids on the WP roster whose parents went to school with me. 

Adam Kulikowski: West Perry 45, Susquenita 26: Calling the Capital Division home after transitioning from the Colonial shouldn’t present too many problems for a Mustangs squad primed with playmakers on offense. 

Central York 36, Central Dauphin 19

Andy Shay: Central York 14, Central Dauphin 10: We all know both squads have big-time quarterbacks who have moved on. Beyond that, I think Central York has a bit more known on its side of the ledger. Rams are starting over.

Geoff Morrow: Central York 17, Central Dauphin 14: I’m impressed that, geographically speaking, both of these schools are more or less actually centrally located within their respective counties. I feel like a lot of directional school names lie. But not these two!

Andy Sandrik: Central Dauphin 13, Central York 7: Both teams introducing a lot of new offensive parts, including QBs, so I see this being a struggle. I think CD’s defense tips the scales for a road win. 

Adam Kulikowski: Central Dauphin 21, Central York 20: It isn’t often you talk to coach Glen McNamee and the word “rebuild” is uttered. But this is one of those years. After missing the postseason in 2021, the Rams are looking to re-establish themselves. They take a nice first step Friday.

Imhotep Charter 19, Bishop McDevitt 14

Andy Shay: Bishop McDevitt 35, Imhotep Charter 21: This should be an interesting matchup. On paper it looks pretty good. The Crusaders’ ability to be balanced offensively will be a true difference maker.

Geoff Morrow: Bishop McDevitt 43, Imhotep Charter 30: This is the Eric Epler game. The longtime Patriot-News/PennLive scribe is a McDevitt grad (and former Crusaders bruiser), and “ImHotEp” should be his vanity license plate.

Andy Sandrik: Bishop McDevitt 42, Imhotep Charter 21: Check off who has the advantage at each position, and it’s almost all Crusaders. Imhotep’s best chance at victory is to beat McDevitt in a shootout, because you know the Crusaders are going to get their points.

Adam Kulikowski: Bishop McDevitt 28, Imhotep Charter 21: The Crusaders have their eyes on a state title run behind QB Stone Saunders and a treasure trove of top talent behind him. This Week 1 test can help set the tone for what that postseason run might take. 

Juniata 20, Clearfield 7

Andy Shay: Juniata 20, Clearfield 14: This will be a tall task for the Indians, and this call might be considered an upset. Juniata is not easy to beat and has 7-8 starters back on each side of the ball. That really matters early.

Geoff Morrow: Clearfield 28, Juniata 20: This pick is for the legend, the one and only Rod Frisco, recently retired from his District 3 duties. I, of course, knew Frisky from our days at The Patriot-News, where he shared all sorts of weird stories from his hometown of Clearfield. I even once named a fantasy football team of mine the “Topless Snuff Stealers” after one particularly bizarre local incident we read about with much immature glee.

Andy Sandrik: Clearfield 21, Juniata 14: Clearfield is coming off an 11-1 season, but the Bison have lost to graduation: more than1,700 yards of passing, 2,100 yards of rushing, and more than 1,500 yards of receiving. I’m still calling Clearfield the favorite, but Big Red might make me regret this pick.

Adam Kulikowski: Juniata 28, Clearfield 27: Juniata proved to be a tough out for just about everyone last year. Expect more of the same in ’22 from Kurt Condo’s crew.

East Pennsboro 34, York Suburban 14

Andy Shay: East Pennsboro 30, York Suburban 19: For the Panthers from the MPC, this year is all about consistency. They have enough talent and experience on both sides of the ball to win games; consistency is key.

Geoff Morrow: East Pennsboro 32, York Suburban 23: East Penn doubled these guys up in last year’s opening week; no reason for me to believe they’ll win again, even in York County.

Andy Sandrik: East Pennsboro 42, York Suburban 38 (2OT): Tricky game to pick. May as well make it fun.

Adam Kulikowski: East Pennsboro 34, York Suburban 20: The Panthers might be a team that sneaks up on folks in the Colonial Division with a large core returning on both sides of the ball. John Denniston’s crew could set the tone with a strong Week 1 performance.

Central Bucks East 38, Chambersburg 21

Andy Shay: Central Bucks East 40, Chambersburg 14: Plenty of vets returning for the Trojans from a year ago, but CB East was a playoff team, and QB Pat Keller returns to drive this offense.

Geoff Morrow: Central Bucks East 37, Chambersburg 20: Welcome, all, to the 2022 high school football season! Here’s the final prediction of Week 1. And good luck to all the 4th Down Magazine game pickers not named Andy or Adam.

Andy Sandrik: Central Bucks East 32, Chambersburg 21: Props to Chambersburg for putting this whole Peach Bowl together. The price of one ticket gets you a whole lot of good football.

Adam Kulikowski: Central Bucks East 27, Chambersburg 21: Last year the Trojans’ young bucks carried a huge load, learning the varsity ropes as they battled through a winless Commonwealth Division slate. Can that experience translate to a better 2022? This is the first big test, but maybe one Mark Luther’s crew isn’t quite ready for. 

Monday, Aug. 29


York Tech at James Buchanan, 7

Andy Shay: James Buchanan 27, York Tech 14: Combined, these teams won two games a year ago, so somebody is getting off to a good start. Rockets have their starting QB and RB back, and that’s enough to give them the edge.

Geoff Morrow: James Buchanan 17, York Tech 14: It’s not often you can say this about a Jimmy Buck opponent, but the Rockets have dominated this series, winning each of the last five meetings. Spartans last beat JB back in 2004 when “Alien vs. Predator” was raking in movie theater money.

Andy Sandrik: James Buchanan 38, York Tech 26: Give me the Rockets in a high-scoring battle.

Adam Kulikowski: James Buchanan 41, York Tech 24: Finding that feel-good vibe early can do wonders for a team that just hasn’t experienced many dubs in recent years. 

Canceled: Middletown at Lower Dauphin; Harrisburg vs. St. Vincent Pallotti (Md.)

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