It’s been nearly a month since the high school football season began. Finally, this Friday, the Chambersburg football team will be able to play its first home game after three road games and a forfeit.
What fans can expect to see is a brand new turf field at Trojan Stadium, as well as a beautiful new track, and what the Trojans hope will be a competitive game.
Oh, yeah, they will also see plenty of No. 7 in the white jersey of Central Dauphin East.
No. 7 is Kane Everson, who is a skilled multi-tasker on the field. He is the Panthers’ leading ballcarrier (36 carries, 226 yards, 5 TDs), their top passer (15-for-23, 232 yards, 1 TD) and is also their leading receiver (7 catches, 149 yards, 21.3 average, 1 TD).
That’s a pretty neat trick to be both the best passer and receiver. And, to boot, he’s also the team’s third-leading tackler from the secondary with 22 stops, plus an interception.
“He’s a very good athlete and the key to their success,” Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said. “He makes the big plays for them. When teams have brought pressure, he’s been able to find a seam and run free. We’ve got to stop his feet from beating us.”
CD East won three straight to open the season, then ran into Harrisburg last week and was punished, 45-7. But that’s going to happen to most Cougar foes this year.
The Trojans (0-4), despite being defeated 35-13 last week at Cumberland Valley, were able to move the ball and had a chance to make it more respectable.
“For us, we’ve got to quit with the dumb mistakes and penalties that have ruined some promising drives,” Luther said. “If we can do that, we can be competitive with East.”
Quarterback Tyler Collier returned last week and 9 of 22 for 143 yards. His line gave him plenty of time last week against what was mostly a three-man rush, but East typically brings more pressure and Luther expects the Panther D-backs to play right up in the face of the receivers.
Sophomore running back Keshawn Jones is living up to some big expectations, carrying for over 100 yards for the second straight game. Luther said sophomore Brock Harmon was moved to center early in the game and did a nice job.
Luther is hoping that his team will respond to playing at Trojan Stadium.
“I think everyone is excited about finally having a home game,” he said.
NOTES: Linebacker Clay Myers is a day-to-day decision … For CDE, Jaylen Hawthorne (12-for-32, 219 yards, 3 TDs) also plays QB, while Michael Jones (52-272, 2 TDs) is the main runner … The Trojans’ Jones has 40 carries for 225 yards and a score … Justin Reichenbach (7-82) and Devin Carbaugh (6-123, 2 TDs) are the top Trojan receivers … Fans should be aware that a new policy is in place for all home games in terms of what can be brought into the stadium or gymnasium — check the CASD website (casdonline.org) for more details.