District 3 Football Championship: Cumberland Valley vs Manheim Township

Cumberland Valley's Charlie Katshir, left, avoids a tackle by Manheim Township's James Starer in the District 3 Class 6A Football Championship Saturday evening at Hersheypark Stadium.

Michael Bupp, The Sentinel

Each week during the 2017 high school football season, each member of our team — plus those working behind the scenes at 4th Down Magazine — will pass out game balls to top performers.

Here we’ll run players selected from The Sentinel’s coverage area. For the full list from our partners at 4th Down Magazine, visit the website at https://4thdownmagazine.com/ or download the 4DM app on Google Play or in the Apple Store by searching “4th Down.”

From Andy Shay

Jared Plessinger, QB, Cumberland Valley: When you run the Wing-T offense with such precision and efficiency like the Eagles are known to do, chasing down a game is a tall order. Especially when it’s a District 3 championship game. CV had to abandon is normal grind-it-out style to keep pace with Manheim Twp. in the second half after falling behind by 14 points. The Eagles’ senior QB was up to the task. Now he had some help on those deep throws that Charlie Katshir went up and hauled in. But do not underestimate the value of how good those deep throws were. A late interception that was batted around three times before being picked was a tough pill to swallow, but the Eagles have no chance in this one if Plessinger doesn’t throw for 224 yards on 14 completions with a pair of touchdowns.

Christian Arrington, LB, Cumberland Valley: Everyone knows the Eagles defense is set up for the linebackers to make most of the tackles and keep the opposition in check. But there’s a big difference between making tackles and being an impact player. Arrington was around the ball most of the night in the District 3 title game. And I’m pretty sure he suffered some sort of shoulder injury/stinger and kept playing. His numbers were impressive: six solo tackles, 12 assists, three tackles for loss, but it was the ability to fight through blocks to be around the football all game against a good blocking offensive line that was impressive.

From Jake Adams

Charlie Katshir, WR/DB, Cumberland Valley: Katshir’s career ends without a District 3 Class 6A title in his last two seasons, but it wasn’t without a big performance Saturday evening. In the 24-21 loss to Manheim Twp., the future Nittany Lion hauled in seven passes for 157 yards, bringing down a 31-yard TD in the process. He also ran four times for 26 yards. It was his best game as a receiver, tying a career-high in receptions and setting his new best in yards. He finishes with 106 career receptions, 20 receiving TDs and more than 1,700 receiving yards. He undergoes shoulder surgery this week.

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