Hershey key players
Jay Rodriguez (RB)
Jackson Bouslough (QB)
Aaryn Koperna (WR)
Mechanicsburg key players
Micah Brubaker (QB/S)
Brando Aristy (OL/DL)
Keegan Neill (RB)
Trojans win if...
They pressure and contain Micah Brubaker. At this point it's no secret. The QB is a very dynamic weapon who changed the Mechanicsburg offense ever since stepping in as the starter this year. He has run for 174 yards and thrown for 468 more. Carlisle showed what can happen when you bottle him up — he was 7-of-11 for 100 yards, ran for negative-3 yards and was sacked and fumbled multiple times — but does Hershey have the defensive front to get that type of consistent pressure on the young signal caller?
Wildcats win if...
They stop Jay Rodriguez. At this point, Mechanicsburg's new-look offense is getting the headlines, so let's turn our attention to the other side. The Trojans' senior RB is the focal point of this offense, rushing 75 times for 312 yards (4.2 yards per carry) with a team-high three touchdowns. QB Bouslough has a decent arm, but this is a run team first. Despite Northern's Kyle Swartz slicing them up for nearly 300 yards, the 'Cats D is allowing a respectable 4.8 yards per carry this season.
3: The Wildcats have three touchdown passes of 70 yards or more already this season. How many did they have last year? One, which happened to be the team's only TD pass of the year.
0: The number of sacks the Trojans have recorded thus far, according to their MaxPreps page. That bodes well for the 'Cats offense and Micah Brubaker.
2-8: Mechanicsburg's record against Hershey the past 10 meetings. The last two wins came in 2017 (20-0) and 2014 (30-14). Each of the past four meetings have resulted in a shutout for one side or the other, with Mechanicsburg on the wrong end three times.