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Cumberland Valley’s Charlie Katshir leaped high into the air to make the catch as Hempfield’s Mark Himmelsbach takes his legs out during the first quarter of the District 3 Class 6A semifinals Friday night.

Jason Malmont, for The Sentinel

Playoff time! With only a handful of teams still playing, all contributors from our partners at 4th Down Magazine and our own reporters are providing our incite and best predictions for the remaining local playoff games.

As usual we have Geoff Morrow (91-25, 2-0 last week in Sentinel-area games) and Jake Adams (90-26, 2-0 last week). But in print this week we’re also adding Andy Shay and Andy Sandrik.

If you want to see their full weekly picks, visit 4thdownmagazine.com or download the app.

District 3 Class 6A Championship

No. 2 Manheim Twp. at No. 1 Cumberland Valley, 6 p.m. Saturday

Andy Shay: Cumberland Valley 28, Manheim Twp. 20: This is the third trip to a District 3 championship game for this group of CV seniors. That carries some serious weight on my scale. The Blue Streaks are making their first championship game appearance EVER. I like the Eagles' run game against an MT defense that is diverse in strength but gives up some yards on the ground.

Jake Adams: Cumberland Valley 28, Manheim Twp. 14: It’s been smooth sailing for the Eagles all postseason. They’ve got the D to bottle up RB Grayson Sallade (170-1,191), who's rushed for 16 TDs.

Andy Sandrik: Cumberland Valley 21, Manheim Twp. 7: Congrats to the Blue Streaks for making it to the district final for the first time in school history. They’ll be facing a CV squad that has won 13 titles in 20 tries.

Geoff Morrow: Manheim Twp. 28, Cumberland Valley 27: Yet another high-quality championship battle scheduled at the Concrete Palace, and again it matches title-game pedigree (CV is 13-7 all-time) vs. up-and-comer (Blue Streaks are making first such appearance). But Mark Evans' Streaks (11-1) have been doing just that, winning nine in a row. They've swept a pair of games from Central Dauphin, which handed CV (10-2) one of its two losses, and they've twice knocked off Wilson, which bounced the Eagles in last year's title game. Key for CV, as usual, is that Wing-T and playing keep-awal from playmaking Township QB Luke Emge. Nothing would surprise us here, but we ultimately think the magic continues for the L-L Section 1 champs.

 

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