Coming off its best performance of the season last week and looking ahead to a tough matchup against West Perry next week, Friday night’s game against Greencastle-Antrim has all the makings of a trap game.
But Shippensburg’s football team has no plans to fall for it.
The Greyhounds (5-0, 2-0 MPC) will take its undefeated record on the road to face the Blue Devils (1-4, 0-2 MPC) in a Mid Penn Colonial Division matchup.
“I think we learned our lesson in the West York game,” Ship coach Eric Foust said. “We came out very slow in that one, and I think that was a good lesson for our guys. I expect us to come out and play some good football.”
And in what has been a focal point over the last several weeks, Ship will again look to get its passing game firing on all cylinders.
Said Foust, “We’ve been an all-or-nothing passing team so far this year. Honestly, it’s my fault. Whenever we’re getting 7 yards per rush, I’m not in any hurry to throw the ball all that much. But it’s something we need to work on. We need to focus on the big picture in that regard.”
The Hounds threw a total of 10 passes last week, with quarterback Zack Manning completing just 2 of 8 throws. And while Ship has been able to hit the big play most of the season, it’s the short passing game that needs the most work.
“We have the guys and the skill to run plays to the flat and other short passes,” Foust said. “We just have to make a conscious effort to do it. We have a capable quarterback in Zack as well. It may be an instance where we have to score a few less points Friday, but it will have a long-term benefit.”
Last week, Shippensburg jumped all over Mifflin County on its way to a 45-14 win. Jacob Loy led the team with 157 yards rushing on 17 carries, and he also threw for a 61-yard touchdown. Alex Sharrow added 14 carries for 107 yards.
Greencastle is coming off a 55-13 loss to Northern York last week. Quarterback Zach Cole was 7-for-14 for 144 yards and a touchdown, and Isaiah Toney-Mayhugh added 52 rushing yards on seven carries.