Football previews: Chambersburg and Greencastle

Game info: CD East Panthers at Chambersburg Trojans … Friday, 7 p.m. at Trojan Stadium … Mid Penn Commonwealth game … No fans allowed, except for those with passes.
Media: Live stream, which will include play-by-play, by subscription via NFHS … Audio on MidPennBroadcasting.com and TheSportsPage.blog.
Last week: Chambersburg (0-3, 0-3 MPC) fell 42-28 to Altoona, after rallying to tie the game 28-28 … The Panthers (0-3, 0-1 MPC) were defeated 13-7 in overtime by Hollidaysburg, which beat Altoona the week before.

Malaki Blair

The Trojans: Chambersburg continues to be plagued by one simple fact: It has not been able to stop teams from piling up yards on the ground … In 3 games, the Trojans have allowed 420 yards per game, which works out to an average of 8.1 yards per rush … “We have to be able to force teams to throw by stopping the run, but it’s been a real challenge for us,” Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said. “I can’t imagine that any team that looks at us on film will do anything but run at us.” … On the bright side, the Trojans had their best offensive game so far, with QB Malaki Blair scoring on two touchdown runs, the second one of 61 yards so good that if you haven’t seen it check it out: https://www.hudl.com/profile/9358177/Malaki-Blair … He also 14 of 23 passes for 133 yards and a TD … Luther said, “He had two great runs, even the first one was really good. It was nice to see him get out and make something happen and that should help build his confidence.”
The Panthers: CD East has been challenged on offense, scoring only a single touchdown in each of their 3 games … RB Jayden Sims scored the TD last week … However, the Panthers have been stingy on defense, giving up 27 points to Exeter Twp., 7 vs. Cumberland Valley and 13 vs. Hollidaysburg … Linebacker Levi Krebs (5-9, 185) is the top player, and covers a lot of ground, while Kyle Williams (6-3, 260) anchors both lines … Luther said, “Krebs is their main player on defense. He’s aggressive, he’s physical, he’s all over the field and we’ll have to get a hat on him every play.” … Romeo Fleck has apparently taken over the QB role, and his top target in Myles Mims … “It looks like they’ve settled on Fleck over the kid they started early,” Luther said. “Fleck is a more typical CD East QB; he’s athletic and can run around.”
Coach’s viewpoint: Luther is concerned about his team’s health … “We’re a little banged up, and we didn’t have a lot of depth to begin with,” Luther said. “We’ll be using some young kids out there Friday night — that’s just how it goes. CD East has been trying to find themselves on offense, but they’ve been in some low-scoring games with their defense.”

Game info: Northern York Polar Bears at Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils … Friday, 7 p.m. at Kaley Field … Mid Penn Colonial game.
Media: Live stream on MidPennBroadcasting.com and TheSportsPage.blog.

David Niebauer

Last week: The Blue Devils (1-2, 1-2 MPC) fell 48-0 to unbeaten Mechanicsburg … Northern (3-0, 3-0 MPC) handled Shippensburg 31-20.
The Blue Devils: Greencastle will try to forget about last week, when Mechanicsburg dominated every facet of the game … G-A managed only 68 yards of offense, including 45 yards on 23 runs and 23 yards on an 8-for-21 effort by QB Zach Cole … “We have to get back to establishing our run game,” Greencastle coach Devin McCauley said. “We need more 2nd-and-5’s to stay ahead of the sticks and set up our play action passes. We got behind by 14 early and things just snowballed. We got out of our game plan and the wheels kind of fell off. And their defense did some things that took our schemes away.” … RB David Niebauer did put up 35 yards on 7 carries.
The Polar Bears: In the win over Shippensburg, Northern had a pair of 100-yard runners — QB Jordan Heisey had 17 carries for 115 yards and RB Talon Belluscio had 100 yards and 3 scores on 9 carries … McCauley said, “Northern is a power team that will give us a lot of looks. But they play power football, with a sweep game.” … The Bears are led on defense by LB Zach Mowchan, who has 40 tackles, an interception and has returned a fumble for a score … Northern allowed only 85 rush yards last week, but did give up 297 yards through the air.
Coach’s viewpoint: “It’s a different type team this week,” McCauley said. “Mechanicsburg tries to spread you out and Northern plays power football. We have to play defense like we did in the first two games, and we have to be more balanced on offense.”



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