CHAMBERSBURG AT ALTOONA
Game info: Chambersburg Trojans (0-2, 0-2 MPC) at Altoona Mountain Lions (1-1, 1-0 MPC) … Mid Penn Commonwealth Division game … Game held at Mansion Park, which will allow 25% capacity (any Chambersburg fans who travel should get in).
Media: Live stream and play-by-play on MidPennBroadcasting.com and TheSportsPage.blog.
Last week: Chambersburg fell 21-9 to Carlisle … Altoona was knocked off by Hollidaysburg, 26-12.
The Trojans: In its two defeats, the Trojans have given up 832 yards on the ground … The Mountain Lions use a triple-option attack, with an emphasis on running, so something has to give … On the other side, Chambersburg QB Malaki Blair has already put up 60 pass attempts, which is a sign of the team falling behind … Blair has completed 30 passes for 314 yards … WR Kevin Lee (95 yards) and TE James Lilley (68) each have 6 catches … Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said, “We need Malaki to settle down. He did in the middle of the game, but early and at the end we missed some opportunities. We need to get Jayden going this week.” … RB Jayden Jones (20-112) was bottled up after two good runs to open the game last week … With Harrisburg choosing to play fall sports, the scheduled game vs. the Cougars (Sat., Oct. 31) is back on.
The Mountain Lions: Quarterback Marcus Day (6-3, 205) and fullback Ethan Stroup (6-1, 200) are the main cogs for the Altoona offense … Both were effective in a 28-14 opening win vs. Cumberland Valley … Day also threw for a pair of touchdown passes last week and was 7-for-14 for 135 yards, in a game in which the Lions trailed all the way … Hollidaysburg blocked three Altoona kicks last week … This is the Lions’ third straight home game to open the season.
Coach’s viewpoint: Luther said, “We need to get a win to help with our energy. But Altoona is a better team than last year, which was the first year for their coaching staff and they had a new system. This year, they are more effective and multiple. They will run the ball and show you a lot of different formations, even if the plays are basically the same. We have to stop the fullback or they’ll just pound it. We’re getting beat a lot of times because of our youth. We have one or two guys in most plays who are not doing their assignment and it’s hurt us.”
GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM AT MECHANICSBURG
Game info: Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils (1-1, 1-1 MPC) at Mechanicsburg Wildcats (2-0, 2-0 MPC) … Mid Penn Colonial Division game at Memorial Park.
Media: Live stream available on MidPennBroadcasting.com and TheSportsPage.blog.
Last week: G-A fell 14-7 to Waynesboro … Mechanicsburg took a 35-0 halftime lead and beat Shippensburg 35-20.
The Blue Devils: Greencastle’s defense held Waynesboro to 181 yards, but turnovers gave ‘Boro two short fields before each of its two TDs … “We have to get better on offense, especially at protecting the football,” G-A coach Devin McCauley said … MLB Taylor Conrad had 10 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery, and SS Lorcan Wright had 11 tackles and leads the team with 24 in two games … “We’ve been playing with a lot of team speed and good pursuit on defense,” McCauley said … Greencastle had 245 on offense last week, but had poor field position in the first half and its only score came on a pass from Zach Cole to Levi Bingaman.
The Wildcats: The Blue Devils will be thinking about Mechanicsburg QB Micah Brubaker (6-2, 185) all week … He is coming off an all-star junior season and is a serious threat both running and passing … He also has some weapons around him, including WR James Anderson (2 TD catches last week) and Taylor Shearer (2 rushing TDs last week), while Brubaker threw for three and ran for one … TE-DE Tyree Morris is also a top player for the Wildcats, who beat West Perry in Week 1.
Coach’s viewpoint: McCauley said, “Their quarterback is the real deal — he just jumps off the film. It’ll be a real challenge for our defense and a chance to get some respect. They run a spread offense and he can run or throw and keep you guessing. I think they scored on four broken plays last week, so that shows you he’s very difficult to defend. And they have some nice complementary pieces around him and a good defense — they are just a solid football team.”