Chambersburg

Football preview: Chambersburg and Greencastle

CARLISLE AT CHAMBERSBURG

Game info: Friday, 7 p.m. at Trojan Stadium … Mid Penn Commonwealth Division game … Senior Night … The only fans allowed in are two for each of the senior football players, cheerleaders and band members.
Media: Chambersburg is set up for live streaming on the NFHS network, which requires a subscription to view … Play-by-play will be available on MidPennBroadcasting and TheSportsPage.blog, and the goal is to combine the broadcasts (we will update when more is known).
Last week: The Trojans were drubbed 62-10 by Central Dauphin … Carlisle did not play Exeter Twp. due to several COVID-19 cases at the school.
The Trojans: A good start and 7-0 lead against CD were wiped out by allowing two long TD runs by the Rams, who pretty much owned the line of scrimmage … WR Kevin Lee caught 3 passes for 61 yards and a score, QB Malaki Blair was 13 of 27 for 117 yards and RB Jayden Jones ran for 62 yards on 9 carries … “Our pride took a big hit last week and we need to get it back up,” Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said … Junior defensive end Jordan Spoonhour drew praise from Luther for his play … “For his first varsity game, Jordan did some really good things,” Luther said. “He had a lot of movement and fight. This is only his second year of football, so he’s still figuring things out.”
The Herd: Carlisle has been off since a scrimmage two weeks ago … The Herd was 2-8 a year ago, but appear to be improved … The line has good size, including Jeremiah Carothers (6-1, 285), Layton Schmick (6-2, 260) and Christian Good (6-0, 290) … Braydon Keller is expected to be the top runner, unless that becomes sophomore QB prospect Ezeekai Thomas, who is very athletic … WR Matt Trolinger caught 16 passes last year for 239 yards.
Coach’s viewpoint: “We saw a little bit of Carlisle’s scrimmage, but we don’t know much, so we’re a little in the dark,” Luther said. “They got to see us in a full game situation, and we haven’t seen them. But one thing for sure is, they are a better football team than last year. They are bigger up front.”

WAYNESBORO AT GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM

Game info: Friday, at Kaley Field, 7 … Mid Penn Colonial Division game … No fans are allowed.
Media: Live stream is available on MidPennBroadcasting.com and TheSportsPage.blog.
Last week: Greencastle surprised Susquehanna Twp. 20-13 … Waynesboro knocked off defending Colonial champion Shippensburg, 22-20.
The Blue Devils: There was a possibility that this game would have to be postponed, because G-A was exposed to COVID-19 last week at Susquehanna Twp., but the G-A players wore protective face guards and were cleared to play on Tuesday … In the huge season-opening win, Greencastle got a pair of TD passes from Zach Cole to Adam Root, of 19 and 13 yards … Cole hit on 13 of 20 passes for 183 yards and Root snared 5 balls for 73 yards … Blue Devil coach Devin McCauley said, “I was pleased with how intense and physical we were on defense, and that we started fast. We were able to run the ball, got a lead and sat on it.” … McCauley was pleased that 5 players had double figures in tackles — Ethan Shank and Bruce Lepore (14 each), Lorcan Wright (13), Ethan Miller (11) and Sam Eberhardt (10) … “Wright is an unsung strong safety who just makes plays,” McCauley said. “And Bryce Kaiser gave us some meaningful minutes at right guard.”
The Indians: In the win over Ship, RB Mikel Holden carried 26 times for 122 yards, QB Chase Eyler ran 15 times for 53 yards and RB Aiden Mencia ran 6 times for 51 yards … Waynesboro passed the ball only twice … The Greyhounds had a chance to tie the the game, but a 2-point pass play was broken up by DB Rhyan Day.
Coach’s viewpoint: “Waynesboro has a nice identity with its running game, with the mid-line option, and counters and buck sweeps,” McCauley said. “They run the ball effectively and try to get you to fall asleep, so you have to keep your coverage if they pass. As a coach, you always fear a drop-off after a big win, but that’s not here this week. The kids are juiced to play a local rival.”