FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Trojans face another long trek to face Little Lions

Game info: The Trojans travel to State College for their first Mid Penn Commonwealth game of the season … Friday, 7 p.m. at the newly-renovated Memorial Stadium ($14.3 million upgrade) … It is the second trip of 2 hours-plus in 3 weeks for the Trojans.
Media: and will carry the game (likely audio only).

Nick Swartz

Last week: Chambersburg (2-1) turned a good offensive first half and a good defensive second half into a 21-7 win over Red Lion … The Trojans ran for 197 yards and passed for 168, with QB Jermere Jones hitting 5 of 8 passes for 2 TDs and RB Bryce Flenory racking up 118 yards and a TD on the ground … Andy Jean caught 3 balls for 74 yards and a score … The Little Lions (2-1) picked up a 34-20 victory over Hollidaysburg.
The Trojans: “We executed on offense better, especially in the first half,” Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said. “We had some good runs and Jermere made some big throws. We cut down on our mental and assignment mistakes; now our goal is to put two good halves together.” … Jones is 16-for-33 for 292 yards, 2 TDs and 1 interception … Flenory has 26 carries for 185 yards and 2 scores … Rhaigeon Parker has 6 catches for 150 yards and a TD … Luther said, “On defense we did some good things stopping inside runs, but not so much on the edge. But I thought we got much improved play from our outside linebackers (Nick Swartz, Paul Hance), and (safety) Bryce Folmar made several huge plays.”
The Little Lions: State College has beaten Hollidaysburg and Mifflin County and lost 42-21 to Downingtown East … “They are solid and their kids play hard,” Luther said. “They just line up and execute and try to beat your butts.” … QB Finn Furmanek has connected on 30 of 52 passes for 509 yards, 5 TDs and 1 interception … Jashaun Green has caught 11 balls for 223 yards and 3 TDs and T.J. Yoder has 8 for 126 … Brady Bendick is the top rusher (22-for-118, 1 TD) … On defense the top tacklers are John Scott (25) and Jack Roeshot (24, 4 tackles for loss) … Liuther said, “Their wide receiver (Green) is good and the quarterback does a good job of keeping drives moving. Their defense is very aggressive up front. It will be a challenge, no doubt.”
Coach’s viewpoint: “We’re looking at this as another step in a growing process for us,” Luther said. “This will be only the fourth (varsity) game for most of our kids and it’s fun to watch them learn by playing. Now this is the Commonwealth Division, so it’s will be even more of a challenge.”

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