Coach Weider’s @Go_Rout Coaches Notebook: Weekly awards from week 8 of high school football
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Pat Weider | October 17, 2022
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I went and covered Exeter at Hempfield on Friday night. I came away super impressed with Exeter. They are big, physical, and athletic. To me, they are the favorites to win District 3 5A championship. Hempfield did not play its best game of the year with 4 turnovers alone in the 1st half, but they will rebound and be fine the rest of the way.
Player of the week– Richie Karstien of Exeter. Karstien rushed for 226 yards, and 4 touchdowns in the victory over Hempfield. Also I got to give credit to the offensive line of Exeter. They just dominated upfront all night. The offensive lineman for Exeter are Justin Hernandez, Lucas Palange, Matthew McConnell, Kyle Lash, and Anthony Caccese. They all deserve credit for dominating a good Hempfield defense all night.
Team of the week 1: Exeter- Every Exeter player I talked to had a chip on their shoulder because they lost to Hempfield last year in a close game. Well, Exeter came to play Friday night and took it to Hempfield. A really impressive effort by them all night.
Team of the week 2: Dover. Dover is 6-2 on the year this year after winning a combined 2 games the last 2 years. They beat Dallastown 28-25 in a huge win for them in regards to playoffs. Now they moved down to Division 2 of YAIAA, but still a great turnaround for Dover.
Coach of the week: Coach Zamperini of Garden Spot. Garden Spot improved to 6-2 on the year with a 45-6 win over Central Mountain. I have written a lot about how Solanco and Elizabethtown are in the drivers seat of Section 3 race of LL, but if Garden Spot still plays both Solanco and Elizabethtown. If they beat either they can still tie for the section title. If they beat both they win the section title outright.
Play of the week: One of the staples of many spread offenses is the QB Power. It is a great play because it is a numbers advantage. Instead of the QB handing the ball off the QB is the runner, so you gain a blocker in the run game. This is a massive advantage in a football game. On Friday night several times Exeter ran this against Hempfield and gained a lot of yards.
Football has 4 downs, so here are 4 thoughts from what I saw, watched, and heard this week:
1) We still have 5 undefeated teams left in the LL. Exeter, and Manheim Central in section 2 and (both will play each other week 10), Solanco in section 3, Wyomissing in section 4 and Lancaster Catholic in section 5. I be curious to see if 4 of the 5 teams can finish the regular season undefeated which is obviously a huge accomplishment.
2) York High plays some crazy games. On Saturday high won 40-37 against Spring Grove. They converted a 4th and 22 to seal the victory. After winning 66-49 the week before against Dallastown. Also they won earlier this year 54-47 against Carlisle.
3) Schuylkill Valley has won 6 straight games after losing the first two games of the year. They beat Hamburg last week and play Lancaster Catholic week 10, so they can still win section 5 title in LL. By the way Bruce Harbach former Lancaster Catholic Head Coach is the coach of Schuylkill Valley
4) Manheim Township improved to 6-2 on the year. Manheim Township might not win a Section 1 title of LL, but they will be in the mix for the playoffs and will have a good shot at doing well in the playoffs.
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