With the Shippensburg football team having so many returning players, it’s possible this game is circled on the calendar.
Last year, the Greyhounds (4-0, 1-0 MPC) lost just one game in the regular season, and it was to Mid Penn Colonial Division foe Mifflin County. Ship has a chance to avenge that loss on Friday at 7 at home against the Huskies (0-4, 0-1 MPC).
“We talked about it, but I don’t think it’s something we’re really focusing on,” Foust said about last year’s loss. “We can’t overlook anyone. I don’t know if we did that last year, but we will be ready for them Friday.”
Last week, Shippensburg used a pair of defensive touchdowns to win its conference opener, a 27-6 win over Waynesboro. Max Kalb had a 45-yard fumble return for a touchdown, and Anthony Smith later added a 65-yard fumble return for a score.
“I thought we played a good game against a good team in Waynesboro last week,” Foust said. “Their head coach coached with me for several years, so he knew what we were going to do. I think Waynesboro is going to win some games as the season goes on.”
Offensively, Jacob Loy had a strong night with 189 yards rushing on 31 carries, but the rest of the offense managed just 84 yards. Through the air, Ship managed just one completion on seven attempts. The one completion was a 44-yard touchdown from Zack Manning to Isaiah Houser.
Foust said, “We need to get better in the pass game. I don’t think it’s one area that needs to improve, but I think we just need to get more confident in it. We need to be able to go to it at any time during the game, and I don’t know if we’re quite there yet.”
Mifflin County is coming off a 42-28 loss to Northern York last week. Chris Sheetz finished 20-for-36 passing for 283 yards and three touchdowns.