Chambersburg

Football preview: Trojans, Waynesboro renew rivalry

A long-time Franklin County rivalry will be renewed Friday night when Chambersburg travels to Waynesboro’s Buchanan Automotive Stadium to take on the Indians in a non-league football game.

Bryce Folmar

The teams have not played since 2013. Although the Trojans hold a big lead in the series, Waynesboro’s program has come up several levels in recent years.

“It’s a good matchup for us, but we’ll have to show up and play,” Trojan coach Mark Luther said. “Being a county game, I’m sure they’ll want to beat us.”

Chambersburg (1-1) is coming off a 23-16 win over Northern York last week, a game that would not have been nearly that close except for three second-half turnovers and a few killer penalties.

The Trojans’ defense ended up having to make two fourth-down stops in the final quarter to make sure the Polar Bears didn’t tie the score.

Luther said, “We matched up athletically pretty well last week, so we took some chances on defense, and we gave them some problems. Guys like (Sedrick) Vessah, (Lucas) Lohman, (Avery) Kuhns and (Carter) Flory played well. We hope we can do that again this Friday.”

Safety Bryce Folmar also played well, according to Luther.

“He did a much better job last week than in the first game,” he said of Folmar. “He had good communication in the secondary and brought some good run support. He’s the glue at our back end.”

That defense will be tested by Waynesboro quarterback Jaylon Bean (6-3, 195) and big running backs Mikel Holden (5-9, 195) and Cody Tharp (5-11, 210).

Luther said, “The quarterback does so much for their offense — he gets outside the pocket and keeps them moving. He is definitely the key for us.”

A big question mark for Chambersburg is figuring out which defense ‘Boro will play. In a 46-14 loss to Spring Grove in the first week, the Indians played  a four-man front, but in last week’s 13-7 win over Hershey, they used a three-man front.

“We’ve had to prepare for both, but we’re just guessing,” Luther said.

Brice Flenory was effective against Northern, rushing for touchdowns of 7 and 34 yards, and returning a punt 47 yards for a TD. The Chambersburg offense totaled only 249 yards, as quarterbacks Jermere Jones and Riley Harmon combined to go 13-for-21 for 115 yards.

Hershey, a team the Trojans scrimmaged this year, put only one score on the board last week, but did throw for 252 yards.

“Hershey went from the 20 to the 20 OK, but they couldn’t finish,” Luther said. “Waynesboro likes to play man-to-man in the secondary with a deep safety, trying to take away the big play. So if that happens, it may have to be on a run, or on a shorter pass and run.

“This is a football game we need to win, because the (Mid Penn Commonwealth) gauntlet starts up next week.”