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District 3 Playoff Overview

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| November 2, 2022

 

It’s playoff time and we’ve got you covered! The Mid Penn conference has some quality games slated for this week, but what you will find missing is the Commonwealth selection. Those teams don’t enter the playoffs until next weekend. Here are the Mid Penn matchups behind held this weekend:

Hamburg (8-2) Upper Dauphin (7-2)

The Hawks are led by senior quarterback Xander Menapace. He can throw the ball around. He’s thrown for over 1500 yards. Pierce Mason carries the rock and has over 1000 yards on the ground. The Hawks have a quality win over Annville-Cleona and took top ranked lancaster Catholic to the limit in a 3 point loss.

For Upper Dauphin it Aidan Bingaman at QB. He’s thrown for over 1000 yards. Brady Morgan leads the Trojans on the ground with nearly 1000 yards.

There are no gimme’s in this game. It stands on paper to be one of the best in the Mid Penn playoffs.

Annville-Cleona (7-3) Camp Hill (5-5)

Camp Hill is led by quarterback Drew Branstetter who’s thrown for over 2000 yards. This is a passing team, there’s no doubt. If they can get Branstetter going early they’ll give Annville-Cleona a battle

Annville is led by all everything back Phoenix Music. He’s garnered 1900 yards on the ground and 24 scores. Annville also gave top ranked Lancaster Catholic a run in a 14-13 loss. As Music goes, so does Annville.

Fri, Nov. 4

Shippensburg (7-3) Cedar Cliff (7-3) Shippensburg at 7:00 pm

5A we look at 8th ranked Shippensburg from the Mid Penn – Colonial Division (7-3) overall and (4-3) in conference, scoring 246 pts. while allowing 171 pts. They will take on 9th ranked Cedar Cliff, 3rd in the Mid Penn – Keystone Division (7-3) overall and (5-2) in conference, scoring 267 pts.  allowing 159 pts. on the season.

We saw Cedar Cliff during the 2022 campaign, against Red Land and Milton Hershey. Both games saw a balanced approach running and throwing the ball by taking advantage of cracks in opponents defense. Cedar Cliff defense is pretty solid but did tend to give up big plays in both games, which they will have to correct if they plan to make a deep run in the playoffs.

 

Fri, Nov. 4

East Pennsboro (4-6) Kennard-Dale (4-5) @East Pennsboro at 7:00 pm

 

4A; we look at 8th ranked East Pennsboro from Mid Penn – Colonial Division (4-6) overall and (1-6) in conference, scoring 186 pts.  allowing 185 pts. They take on 9th ranked Kennard-Dale from York-Adams League, Division 2, (4-6) in conference and (3-3) in conference, scoring 230 pts allowing 309 pts. on the season.

East Pennsboro has shown at times they can be competitive when all three phases of the game come together, balanced offense and defense with solid special team play goes a long way.

 

Fri, Nov. 4

West Perry (9-1) Schuylkill Valley (6-4) @ West Perry at 7:00 pm

3A; we look at 3rd ranked West Perry from Mid Penn – Capital Division (9-1) and (1-1) in conference, scoring 415 pts. allowing 157 pts.

They play 6th ranked Schuylkill Valley from Mid Penn – Lancaster-Lebanon League, Division 5, (6-4) overall and (5-2) in conference, scoring 313 pts. allowing 234 pts this season. No coverage for Schuylkill Valley.

West Perry has found its winning ways again after several years of not making the playoffs, their running attack pounds the opposing teams defense which wears them down physically and mentally, they pass the ball when needed to gain on second and third long plays but also to taking advantage on first down that keeps the defense honest.

Fri, Nov. 4

Delone Catholic (7-3) Trinity (6-4) @  Trinity at 7:00 pm

2A; we look at 2nd ranked Delone Catholic from York Adams League, division 3, (7-3) overall and (7-0) in conference play. Scoring 304 pts. allowing 243 pts. Taking on 3rd ranked Trinity from Mid Penn – Capital Division, (6-4) overall and (4-1) in conference, scoring 250 pts.  allowing 207 pts.

This will be the second meeting between these two schools this year, they met in week one on 8/26 where Trinity won the game on the road 35-7. This first round game should be one to watch as Delone Catholic isn’t the same week one team.

 

Sat, Nov. 5

Steelton-Highspire (8-1) Fairfield (2-7) @ Steelton-Highspire at 1:00 pm

1A Championship at 1st ranked Steelton Highspire from Mid Penn – Capital Division (7-1) overall and (5-0) in conference, scoring 401 pts. allowing 186 pts. Takes on Fairfield from York Adams League, Division 3, scoring 108 pts. allowing 256 pts. Steelton is running on all eight cylinders all season long playing and beating 4A and 5A teams with ease and will most likely make a very deep run in the playoffs with a very good chance of becoming 2022 State Champions.

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