Each week, sports editor Jake Adams picks who will win each Sentinel-area football game as part of 4th Down Magazine's weekly predictions. Last week, he went 9-1 and is 23-8 for the season.
Bishop McDevitt 28, Red Land 7: I know the struggles the Crusaders offense has at times, but I think the group only keeps getting better. And the Patriots simply don’t have enough in the tank to pull off the upset.
Milton Hershey 24, Boiling Springs 7: The Bubblers don’t seem to have enough on offense. They’ll get a few wins this year I’m sure, but the Spartans will be able to wear this team out.
Middletown 57, Camp Hill 7: I’ll give the Lions a garbage time score in this one, but I feel for a defense that just doesn’t have anywhere close to enough to plug holes and keep Jose Lopez from breaking off big run after big run. This will get ugly fast.
State College 43, Carlisle 0: The amount of struggles this offense has had outside the Commonwealth gives me little faith ahead of probably the toughest match of the season. Tristyn Sulich is a good, sturdy back, but his numbers simply don’t show it.
Cedar Cliff 36, Hollidaysburg 14: OK, the Colts took their lumps. Now it’s time for Jaheim Morris, Gannon McMeans and all the rest to dish out some revenge on an inferior club. This can only serve as a confidence reboost ahead of the Keystone slate.
Cumberland Valley 17, Central Dauphin 14: This is me picking the Eagles if Max Dell’Anno is back after missing most of the past two weeks. He changes this ground attack and is a dynamic piece. If he plays, there’s enough pop in this O to get the job done in what should be a battle of field position.
East Pennsboro 34, Palmyra 27: I want the Panthers to prove it this week. Week 1 was understandable with 10 players out against a good Northern side. The past two weeks have been challenges, but at least one was potentially winnable. EP can and should win this game.
Kennard-Dale 27, Big Spring 21: Big Spring’s defense has given up just 15 points this season. That’s good. But that probably doubles after a good Rams side whose only loss is to Solanco. I lean K-D, but don’t count out the Bulldogs for an upset.
Mechanicsburg 41, Hershey 14: The last time the Wildcats started a season 3-1, I wasn’t even at The Sentinel, yet. It would be another week and a half before I started. I didn’t have a cat. I hadn’t picked an apartment. I had a different car. That was 2013.
Northern 28, Mifflin County 14: Welcome back, Kyle Swartz. OK, now that the offense returns its best piece, I want to see the P-Bears’ passing game start to improve. If that can happen, that outfit can take the next step and stay a major player in the Colonial.
Trinity 28, Steel-High 26: Gut call. Here’s to believing the Shamrocks haven’t gotten too overconfident after their furious start and can maintain the same level of focus as Weeks 1-3. But if they get too cocky … the Rollers have more than enough offensively to win this.
Shippensburg 28, Waynesboro 7: The Greyhounds run game is so potent, with three different backs, I’m not sure the Indians have enough on defense to keep things in check. The Greyhounds’ shoot their first bow across the bough of the rest of the Colonial this week.