Yes, Central Dauphin has an 0-3 record in football, a record that seems pretty strange sitting next to that school’s name.
But CD has been a proud football program in recent years and the Rams have lost mostly competitive games to some good teams — Central York, Wilson and Coatesville.
So it will be Chambersburg’s task to find a way to beat the Rams for the first time since 2013 when they meet Friday at 7 p.m. in a Mid Penn Commonwealth game at Landis Field. In fact, CD has beaten the Trojans in 17 of the last 18 meetings.
“They’re still CD, and they’ve played three pretty good teams,” Chambersburg coach Mark Luther said. “Being 0-3 is not a position they’re used to being in, but they’re still solid, they have good size up front and they have a good scheme they’ve been successful with over the years.
“They just haven’t made the plays like they usually do. They may not be quite as talented as the groups before and they are trying to replace a three-year starter at quarterback. So they’re in a situation they haven’t been in for a while.”
Even worse for the Rams, the starting quarterback, Keyron Plummer, reportedly broke his collarbone in last week’s game, so Travis Linn will likely take his place. Last week, Linn was 6-for-9 for 67 yards and a touchdown.
David Chase is Central Dauphin’s leading ballcarrier (24-121, 1 TD) and receiver (8-87, 2 TDs). Devin Shepherd has run 32 rimes for 158 yards and 2 scores and has six catches for 78 yards.
“They still have the same MO,” Luther said. “They’ll just pound it at you and then take a shot deep every once in a while. With a new quarterback, you’d think they won’t want to put the game on his shoulders.”
The big battleground Friday night will match CD’s running game vs. Chambersburg’s defensive front, which produced a shutout last week against Waynesboro. In recent years, the Trojans have not matched up well in the trenches vs. Central Dauphin.
“Our defensive line has improved a lot since the first week,” Luther said. “We were 100 times better against Waynesboro than in the first game. We’re now in conference play, so we must play better yet.
On offense for Chambersburg (2-1), Riley Harmon is settling in as the go-to quarterback, with Jermere Jones ready to offer a different look. Harmon is 22-for-36 (61%) for 241 yards, one TD and one interception.
The Trojans will have to find a way to get either Brice Flenory (34-134) or Dayre Senft (15-104) room to run the ball, to take the heat off of Harmon.
“CD will try to bring a lot of pressure with their linebackers,” Luther said. “We’ll have to do a better job against that than we did against (Central Bucks) East. Senft did some great things last week.”
NOTES: The game will be broadcast on MidPennBroadcasting.com and TheSportsPage.blog, but it may be audio only (depending on whether CD allows live stream) … Brax Makosy led Chambersburg in tackles last week with 8, while Sedrick Vessah and Shea Makosy had 5 each … Lucas Lohman had a tackle for a loss and Shea Makosy made an interception, his second of the season … J.J. Kelly is the etam’s leading receiver (12-189, 2 TDs), while Andy Jean has caught 10 for 86 and one score … Kicker Teegan Humelsine is 8-for-8 on extra points and 1-1 on field goals.