Greencastle-Antrim football coach Devin McCauley said before the season began that the Mid Penn Colonial Division had a lot of parity and that he didn’t think any team would be able to go through the league schedule without at least one defeat.
If the results in several games Friday night work out a certain way, there will be a four-way tie at the top of the Colonial standings, each with 5-2 records.
The results that must happen for that to occur include Susquehanna Township (4-2) beating Gettysburg (5-1), Northern York (5-2) defeating Mechanicsburg and Shippensburg (4-2) getting a victory over Greencastle at Veterans Stadium (7 p.m.).
“I think anybody in this league can beat anybody else,” McCauley said. “It’s about as tight of a division as you could get.”
Of course, McCauley is hoping his Blue Devils (4-5, 1-5 MPC) can pull off an upset at Shippensburg (7-2) and end a tough-luck season on a high note.
“I just want to see us play physical football, and play complimentary football,” he said. “We need to mix the run and pass and not turn the ball over on offense, and we can’t give up big plays on defense. But I guess that sounds like every game, right?”
Not giving up big plays will be a test against the Greyhounds, who have a veteran quarterback, Tucker Chamberlin, pulling the strings. He has completed 53 of 103 passes for 1,015 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions.
His main target is Erby Weller, who has hauled in 29 passes for 652 yards and eight scores.
The Hounds also have a three-headed attack on the ground, with Trae Kater (111-769, 4 TDs), Amari Kerr (71-438, 10) and Diesel Koser (83-417, 3) equally dangerous in different ways.
McCauley said, “They’ve got some good weapons that they spread the ball around to, and they (the program) have been playing well for a long time. Their defense hasn’t given up many points, either (14.4 points per game).”
Despite a five-game losing streak, the Blue Devils have played teams tough, and they’d love nothing better than knocking off a rival to end the season.
“We lost a tough one last week (20-14 to Mechanicsburg), but this is the last game for the seniors and we regrouped well this week,” McCauley said. “Hopefully we can play our best game of the season Friday.”
NOTES: McCauley said Parker Funk has been playing well as a two-way lineman … Sophomore Carter McCauley played a full game at safety last week and registered 18 tackles … Blue Devil offensive leaders: Passing — Logan Alvey (87-142, 61%, 1,115 yards, 13 TDs, 3 int.) … Rushing — Tavon Cooper (185, 1,344 yards, 10 TDs) … Receiving — Seth Stouffer (29-45, 6 TDs); Cooper (30-283, 3 TDs) … Tackles — Logan Shifflett (86), Jake Yelton (61), Anthony Brown (60) … Tackles for loss — Elijah Britner (5) … Sacks — Funk (6) … Interceptions — Stouffer (3) … Fumbles forced — Darren Kline (2) … Fumbles recovered — Kline (2).