Football previews, Week 7: Chambersburg and Greencastle

Game info: State College Little Lions at Chambersburg Trojans … Friday, 7 p.m. at Trojan Stadium … Mid Penn Commonwealth game.
Media: Live stream, with play-by-play, available with NFHS subscription … Audio only available on and

Jayden Jones

Last week: Both teams had byes last week … Chambersburg (2-3, 2-3 MPC) defeated Cumberland Valley 20-10 on Oct. 23 … SC (2-3, 2-2 MPC) fell 41-6 to Harrisburg on Oct. 26.
The Trojans: Chambersburg is coming off a rare off week … The Trojans were scheduled to play Harrisburg last Saturday, but that game was canceled when the Cougars qualified for the District 3 playoffs, only to have to forfeit due to a COVID-19 case … Chambersburg has won 2 straight games … Trojan coach Mark Luther said, “We hated to lose the momentum that two wins gave us, but it did give us time to rest and heal. A high school season typically does not have a bye week, so I’m curious to see how they respond.” … RB Jaylen Jones got it going against CV with 2 TDs and 121 yards … QB Malaki Blair has thrown for 699 yards, hitting 66 of 126 passes for 6 TDs … Sam Vessah (15-197) and Kevin Lee (13-203) are the top receivers … Tight end James Lilley (6-68) returns from an injury … Chambersburg has gotten better play from its defense in the last two games — only one touchdown scored — a big factor in the two wins.
The Little Lions: State College is not used to having a losing record, and is not used to not being the District 6 champion … Altoona edged the Little Lions on Oct. 23, 22-21, to earn that title … Luther said, “They are different personnel-wise this year; maybe not the same number of great athletes they’ve had. They are certainly not a bad team, but they’re maybe not on the same level as the last couple of years. They’ve had a chance to rest up, too.” … RB/DB Dresyn Green missed 2 games with injury and RB/DB Sammy Knipe may also be back after missing the Harrisburg game … QB Conrad Moore has thrown 58 times with 31 completions for 402 yards, 5 TDs and 3 int. … Moore also leads the ballcarriers with 48 attempts for 434 yards (8.9 avg.) and 6 TDs … Nehemiah Howell (37-183) and Green (25-102) are other strong runners … Jashaun Green (12-157, 2 TDs) and Knipe (7-129) are the top receivers.
Coach’s viewpoint: Luther said, “It boils down to us — can we get some good line play on either side of the ball? If we do, we might be in position to win. But we really do need to slow down their run game, because they have struggled some passing the ball this year. I hope we can get a high-energy start and go from there.”

Game info: East Pennsboro Panthers at Greencastle Blue Devils … Friday, 7 p.m. at Kaley Field … Mid Penn Colonial game.
Media: Live stream available on and

Lorcan Wright

Last week: Greencastle (1-5, 1-5 MPC) lost 28-10 to Shippensburg … East Penn (3-3, 2-3 MPC) was defeated by unbeaten Mechanicsburg, 43-21.
The Blue Devils: This will be season finale for Greencastle … Coach Devin McCauley said, “We talked about the possibility last week, but we decided we won’t be picking up any extra games. I think we’re ready to finish the season and let it run its course. The kids who play winter sports can start to get ready for that.” … Offensive leaders for G-A include QB Zach Cole (53-115, 46%, 532 yards, 5 TDs, 3 int.; RB David Niebauer (69-238), RBI Cameron Medina (27-208) and RB Isaiah Toney-Mayhugh (17-106); WR Adam Root (15-152, 3 TDs) and WR Tevon Cooper 12-112) … On defense, S Lorcan Wright leads with 63 tackles, S Ethan Shank has 62 and LB Tyler Conrad has 60 … McCauley said CB Levi Bingaman played well last week, holding down Shippensburg star WR Isaiah Houser.
The Panthers: East Pennsboro is definitely a running team, having thrown just 38 times (6.3 per game) … The Panthers have run the ball 287 times, with only 6 fumbles and only 2 lost … Sy Burgos (67-614, 9 TDs), Jacob Shermeyer (88-481, 5 TDs), Devin Shepherd (74-398, 3 TDs) and QB Zack Zeiders (33-129, 4 TDs) are the top gainers … On defense, Zeiders has picked off 4 passes … McCauley said, “They usually run a spread offense with a tight end and one back, but they do jet sweeps and counters off of that. They have several guys who can hurt you. Their defense has given up some points, but they bring pressure and try to force your hand, or give them a big play. But sometimes when you blitz, you give up big plays. We hope we can protect and make some big plays.”
Coach’s viewpoint: McCauley said, “East Pennsboro has a solid team and they have improved from last year. Obviously, they like to run the ball and we need to figure out how to stop their run (the Blue Devils have given up 253.5 yards on the ground per game). One thing is, we’re pretty healthy. For being the last game of the season, we’re healthier than we have been in the past.”