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 (83-25, 6-2 last week in Sentinel-area games) and Jake Adams (82-26, 6-2 last week). But in print this week we’re also adding Andy Shay and Andy Sandrik.
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CD East at Cumberland Valley, Class 6A quarterfinal
Shay: Cumberland Valley 42, CD East 3: Why mess with a recent result and think anything is going to be different two weeks later? Eagles are coming off a loss to Harrisburg, but they did the smart thing and pulled their starters to get to this point with zero damage. Panthers have been outscored 102-13 last two games.
Adams: Cumberland Valley 35, CD East 14: The Eagles were content to rest last week in the hopes of being healthy for the postseason. The Panthers didn’t have that same luxury. CV benefits and begins its march to another Class 6A title.
Sandrik: Cumberland Valley 28, CD East 7: What happened in Week 9? A 42-3 blowout win for CV. Panthers can do better this week, but I’m just not sensing an upset.
Morrow: Cumberland Valley 38, CD East 10: Was a rout two weeks ago at the Speedway. Panthers haven’t shown much in recent weeks, and CV should bounce back from last week’s reality check vs. Harrisburg.
East Pennsboro at Susquehannock, Class 4A quarterfinal
Shay: East Pennsboro 49, Susquehannock 20: The biggest key for the Panthers this season has been the progress made on the defensive side of the ball. Warriors will have no answer for No. 12 running the ball, so it’s up to the EP defense to hold serve a few times. If it’s close, Susquehannock has been very good at winning tight ones.
Adams: East Pennsboro 35, Susquehannock 21: I really, really, REALLY wanna see Onasis Neely go up against that BC defense. Really. For now, all I know is these Warriors beat Northern 31-14 in Week 1, and the P-Bears should be in this bracket, too.
Sandrik: East Pennsboro 35, Susquehannock 21: Big congrats to East Penn’s Onasis Neely, who has eclipsed 2,000 rushing yards. I think he can get to 3,000, but it’s going to take a win this week for him to have a chance.
Morrow: East Pennsboro 36, Susquehannock 14: Tempted to say the Panthers’ vastly improved defense is the difference maker, but we know it’s really Onasis Neely running behind a grooving offensive line. East Penn Nation should reach the semis.
Shippensburg at Bishop McDevitt, Class 4A quarterfinal
Shay: Bishop McDevitt 49, Shippensburg 13: Just in case McDevitt forgot, and I’m sure they have been reminded, the Greyhounds pulled off a well-earned and stunning upset to reach the championship game a year ago against the Crusaders. Pretty sure McDevitt will be fully engaged for this one. And they are playing very well.
Adams: Bishop McDevitt 35, Shippensburg 7: There will be no last-minute miracle this time. The Crusaders are peaking at the perfect time to reclaim their spot as District 3 champions.
Sandrik: Bishop McDevitt 35, Shippensburg 10: I get the feeling Bishop McDevitt will be coming into this game with PLENTY of motivation.
Morrow: Bishop McDevitt 58, Shippensburg 7: We know what happened last year, the Greyhounds stunning the Crusaders in the district semis. But McDevitt is cruising, Shippensburg is not, and the revenge aspect has the potential to make this ugly in a hurry.