As Chambersburg football coach Mark Luther said, “It’s been a crazy week.”
And it looks like the week will end with the Trojans not playing football.
However, Chambersburg athletic director Jeremy Flores did announce Wednesday that the Trojans will host State College as originally scheduled on Nov. 6, and have added a non-league game against East Pennsboro on Friday, Nov. 13 at Trojan Stadium.
The Trojans were originally scheduled to play Harrisburg this Saturday, but that game was canceled when Harrisburg qualified for the District 3 Class 6A playoffs by adding a game Monday at State College. Then on Tuesday, the Cougars had to withdraw from the playoffs due to a positive COVID case. As a result, the Trojans were left with an open date this week and were not able to find an opponent.
Luther said, “We reached out to a number of teams, and some teams reached out to us. We thought there might be a match with a 5A or 4A team, but because their playoffs don’t start until next weekend, all of those teams kept the teams they had already scheduled.”
The Harrisburg mess also could have provided a solution, but it did not work out that way. Once Harrisburg dropped out of the playoffs (which was announced about 2 hours after the brackets were finalized), District 3 decided to call the game a forfeit, awarding a win to No. 4 seed York High. The district could have opted to move the other three teams up one seed and insert Wilson, who finished as the No. 5 ranked team, into the No. 4 spot. But they decided against that move.
Flores said, “I really think it’s a travesty that Wilson didn’t get in the playoffs. If they had gotten in, we could’ve played their opponent this week, Manheim Central.”
In the end, Flores could not find a good opponent for this week.
“We had some interest from some teams in the Philly area,” he said, “but as much as we want to play, we wanted to find a game that’s a good fit for our team. It was important to find the right situation, and I don’t think traveling that far is the right thing. There were also some smaller schools in District 3 who said they’d play, but again, we didn’t think it was a good fit for a 6A school.”
Luther wanted to play, partly because the Trojans are on a two-game win streak.
“The last two weeks we’ve found a way to win, and we’ve got a little momentum,” he said. “The good thing in having a week off is having a chance to let the bumps and bruises heal up, but the bad thing is we just want to play — the kids need to play more games.”
The Trojan JV football team will travel to State College on Monday, Nov. 9 for a 5 p.m. game and to East Pennsboro on Nov. 16 for a 6 p.m. kickoff.