Both teams felt the sting of losing a key offensive player early in last week’s game, and neither of those players will take the field Friday.
So it will be up to Chambersburg and Shippensburg to find a way to win without their services.
The Trojans and Greyhounds hook up in a non-league football game at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park in what will be the schools’ last meeting for the foreseeable future.
Chambersburg lost quarterback Tyler Collier on the team’s second series in last week’s 28-7 loss to Greencastle-Antrim. The news is fairly good, however, because Collier suffered only a slight separation of his shoulder. It will keep him out for at least two weeks, but that’s better than possibly losing the entire season, as was first speculated.
Running back Adam Houser injured his leg in the first quarter of Ship’s 35-26 win over Dover. X-rays were negative, and he won’t be out too long, but he is expected to miss Friday’s game.
Trojan coach Mark Luther discovered one more hurdle Wednesday evening. He and his staff had been studying a film of Ship vs. Dover that had been given to them by the Hounds, and had made up a game plan based on that. Unfortunately, he found out Wednesday that the tape was the 2016 game, not last Friday’s.
“I’ve got a long night ahead of me,” Luther said, meaning he’ll be looking at the correct tape and adjusting the game plan accordingly.
What he will find is that Hounds quarterback Carter Van Scyoc is back and is likely even better than last year when he threw for over 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns. Last week he completed 9 of 20 passes for 224 yards and four scores.
“At this point, all I know is that they have a quarterback who has a great feel in the pocket,” Luther said.
The Trojans’ QB will be sophomore Brady Stumbaugh, who was thrust into the spotlight last week. He completed 5 of 15 passes for 44 yards.
Luther said, “Brady has such a calm demeanor and is very smart, and he understands the system. He played this system for the ninth-grade team last year and he played in the 7-on-7 games this summer. He did not look out of place last week.”
The Trojans led last week when Collier went down, but from that point on, Greencastle took control. Luther’s biggest job since then has been to not let that result poison the rest of the season.
“A lot of those players knew what Tyler can do for us, so, yeah, it hurt,” Luther said. “But I talked to them Monday — it was a teaching moment — and let them know that now is when we have to have others step up. We’ve got to put Tyler’s injury behind us, because it is.”
Notes: Shippensburg led 35-0 over Dover at halftime last week, but was outscored 26-0 in the second half under mercy rules … Clay Myers picked up 108 yards on 20 carries for the Trojans last week … Punter Nazeer Taylor’s last three kicks last week were for 48, 42 and 44 yards.