We’re mixing things up this year, in part because of our partnership with 4th Down Magazine.
Geoff Morrow (50-19, 5-5 last week) and Jake Adams (52-17, 7-3 last week) predict the winner of each game, with whatever tidbit they’d like to include on the game (or maybe not about the game at all).
If you want to see their picks against other writers from 4DM, and other predictions from around the Mid-Penn and Tri-Valley, go to 4thdownmagazine.com
Adams: Bishop McDevitt 55, Mechanicsburg 20: Injuries and availability have scuttled a promising start to Billy Furman’s squad. Even at full strength the Crusaders are too much.
Morrow: Bishop McDevitt 54, Mechanicsburg 14: The feel-good part of the Wildcats’ story is on hiatus thanks to a combination of top-notch competition and their own roster issues. Plus the Crusaders are well-rested and starting to heat up.
at Cedar Cliff
Adams: Cedar Cliff 41, Chambersburg 14: Chris Dare has started to establish himself at QB for the Colts. Need a non-conference win against a 6A school at this juncture.
Morrow: Cedar Cliff 33, Chambersburg 10: Colts are rounding into shape, finding their identity. Though it won’t be enough to get them into the Class 5A playoffs, the resurgence will continue vs. struggling Trojans.
Adams: Cumberland Valley 42, Carlisle 21: If Gavyn Barnes stays at QB, the Herd can make this more competitive than it’ll look on paper. But the Eagles are just too much.
Morrow: Cumberland Valley 38, Carlisle 18: Tough to call it a rivalry when one side (CV) has so thoroughly dominated. Eagles have won 12 straight in the series, all by at least two touchdowns.
Adams: Shippensburg 27, Greencastle-Antrim 21: One too many turnovers, or some stalled first-half drives, and the Greyhounds could find themselves on the flip side of this prediction. Dang, the Colonial is weird this year.
Morrow: Shippensburg 33, Greencastle-Antrim 19: Feels like this is one of those matchups where we expect a hotly contested battle. But research shows Greyhounds have won six straight in the series, the last five by double digits. So we declare a continuance.
at West Perry
Adams: West Perry 42, James Buchanan 10: The Mustangs snapped a 26-game skid against the Rockets last year, in case you hadn’t heard. They’re better this year.
Morrow: West Perry 56, James Buchanan 14: Mustangs snapped their 26-game skid against the Rockets last year, scoring at will down in Mercersburg. There won’t be that same saucer-eyed intensity this time around, but WP will roll.
Mifflin County at Northern
Adams: Northern 34, Mifflin County 17: The Polar Bears have looked much better of late, even if the record doesn’t show it. Confidence booster here as the focus shifts to building for the future.
Morrow: Northern 22, Mifflin County 7: Polar Bears blanked Huskies last year, with then juniors Antonio Lodovici, Wyatt Lewis and Zarrick Jordan sharing five of the team’s seven sacks.
at Boiling Springs
Adams: Milton Hershey 28, Boiling Springs 20: The Spartans beat Camp Hill, then fought valiantly against East Pennsboro, holding the Panthers to 21 points. Bubblers’ last good chance of the season to get a win.
Morrow: Milton Hershey 30, Boiling Springs 14: Spartans remain a work in progress, but QB Naeem Cross looks pretty good doing his best Keonte Lucas impersonation.
Red Land at Hershey
Adams: Hershey 21, Red Land 17: If this was at home, I’d give the Patriots the slight edge. Still could get the season’s first win here, coming off a much-needed bye week.
Morrow: Red Land 27, Hershey 20: Trojans have yielded 148 points to some high-quality competition over the last three weeks, while Patriots are coming off a perfectly timed bye week. Thinking Chad Weaver directs his boys to their first win.
Trinity at East Pennsboro
Adams: East Pennsboro 48, Trinity 42: If Big Spring-East Pennsboro went for more than 900 yards, I wonder if this one can crack 1,000. I give the Shamrocks a 45 percent chance to win, a.k.a. coin flip.
Morrow: East Pennsboro 26, Trinity 24: This has the potential to be the area’s best game of the weekend. Former Panthers lineman Tanner Garlinger transferred to Trinity in the offseason, which only adds intrigue. Some outstanding athletes on both sides, and some highly motivated earth movers in the trenches.
Waynesboro at Big Spring
Adams: Waynesboro 27, Big Spring 21: Just watch. Picked the Bulldogs for a few weeks to win games they lost, and now I’m going to go against them vs. the Colonial-leading Indians and get burned.
Morrow: Waynesboro 31, Big Spring 14: Indians begin a season-ending road trip in Newville. Even as road warriors, the boys in blue possess the right pieces that they can seriously start thinking of finishing unscathed in their Mid-Penn Colonial slate.
Camp Hill at
Adams: Middletown 42, Camp Hill 17: Have to wonder if this game would’ve been more competitive if not for all the coaching drama at the start of the season. Blue Raiders gearing up for the playoffs.
Morrow: Middletown 40, Camp Hill 20: Blue Raiders have looked almost human the last two weeks, eking out victories over Trinity and Palmyra. Key word there? “Victories.” Brett Myers’ crew simply continues to pile up wins.