Needless to say, it’s been an unusual week for the Chambersburg Trojan football team.
Players and coaches found out late last Friday morning that their first home game of the season, against Red Lion, had been canceled because of threats made on social media. The decision was made by school officials to cancel the game, which resulted in a forfeit loss.
“We didn’t have much involvement in the decision, although we did make some suggestions,” Trojan coach Mark Luther said. “It was really out of our hands.”
Instead, Chambersburg held a practice. The upside is the team got one more day to work on preparation for its opponent this Friday night, when it travels to New Kingstown to face unbeaten Cumberland Valley in a Mid Penn Commonwealth Division contest at 7 p.m.
“Since CV is one of the few teams to still use the wing-T, it gave our scout team an extra day to give us the look we need to practice against it,” Luther said.
The Eagles (3-0), with wins over Coatesville, Central York and Bishop McDevitt (49-23 last week), are their usual formidable selves. Charlie Katshir is a do-it-all player bound for Penn State next year. He plays in the secondary, kicks and punts, and on offense is dangerous both running the ball and especially in the passing game.
Jared Plessinger is the quarterback and Jake Palmer is the featured runner, with 337 yards on 50 carries. He also returned a kickoff for a score against McDevitt.
So, yes, the Trojan (0-3) will have their hands full in their Commonwealth opener.
“CV is tough,” Luther said. “They play hard and they execute well. They’ll run the ball 85-90% of the time because that’s what they do best. On defense, they fly around and are good tacklers and they force you into making mistakes.”
It’s possible that injured quarterback Tyler Collier could return for Chambersburg on Friday. He was hurt in the season opener at Greencastle-Antrim before he even threw a pass.
“We’ll take it day-to-day with Tyler, and make the call Friday,” Luther said. “But he’s been practicing and we think he’ll play at least some in the game.”
That’s a positive development for a team searching for any good news it can get. And one that has had to put last week’s strange happenings behind it.
“Everybody was upset (that we weren’t playing), but it was out of our control,” Luther said. “It’s like that every week — you move on to the next game; you can’t linger on things that have already happened.”
Instead, they’ll try to make things happen this Friday night.