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Written by: Pat Weider on Monday, September 27th, 2021
Coach of the Week: Chris Maiorino head coach at Lancaster Catholic. Last year it was Coach Maiorino’s 1st year as head coach and he went 2-6. This year through 5 games the Crusaders are 3-2. His offense has scored 40 points in back-to-back games. They open section play against Lampeter Strasburg this week. I fully expect Lancaster Catholic to be in the race in section 3 of the Lancaster Lebanon League.
4 Questions with Coach Maiorino:
1) Can you describe the difference in year 2 as a head coach compared to last year in year 1?
The biggest difference has been the offseason. Spring practice, summer workouts, 7 v 7, 11 v 11, they all matter especially since there is only one scrimmage on our schedule.
Our assistant coaches are really good at what they do and having a year under our belt together has been a huge benefit as well.
2) Can you talk about your two Seniors Tony Cruz and Mason McClair both seem to be playing at a high level on both sides of the ball?
We ask a lot of Tony and Mason. We ask them to not only be on the field on offense and defense but also many of our special teams. They both understand the game and recognize how important all 3 phases of the game are to our success as a football team. Those two have really grown into leaders of our football team and I am most proud of them for that. They have always been special in terms of how hard they compete and their will to make big plays for the team.
3) What is the biggest area of growth on the team over the course of the first 3 weeks?
Across the lines of scrimmage on both sides we did not return many starters, so we are very pleased with how those units are coming together. If we are looking at a specific unit, I again point to the offense and our consistency play after play.
4) Can you talk about where your team is after 5 weeks and the challenge of playing Lampeter Strasburg is?
When you play LS you know you are always going to get a tough, well-coached football team. They play the game the right way. Over the last five weeks, we have taken steps forward each and every week. We need to continue that this week as we begin section play.
Player of the Week: Hayden Johnson Quarterback at Manheim Township. Johnson completed 15 of his 18 passes for 229 yards passing and 5 Touchdowns in a 48-21 win over Cocalico. Johnson a Sophomore continues to excel on the year as Township is now at 3-2 when they start section play next week.
Team of the Week: Dallastown. Coming off a 1-5 season last year, most assumed that Dallastown would not be as good this year. Well after losing week 1 to Hempfield they have won 4 straight including a 47-14 win Friday night over previously unbeaten South-Western. Dallastown hosts York High Friday night, it should be a good game to check out.
Play of the week: Mesh. Mesh is a great pass play that you will see at High School, College, and Pro levels. The idea is simple, just have your two inside Wide Receivers both run inward cutting patterns towards each other. One goes over and the other goes under creating an opening for either receiver. It works very well against man coverage.
Football has 4 downs, so here are 4 thoughts from what I saw, watched, and heard this week:
1)I saw Hempfield defeat Warwick this past Friday night. I came away super impressed with their QB Cam Harbaugh and the black nights. They will be a real factor in section 1. Markdown Hempfield at Manheim Township October 15th. That will be a good one to check out. Don’t count out 4-1 Penn Manor as well in section 1.
2) Manheim Central looks like a legit team at making a state playoff run. They are currently 5-0 and beat Wilson 24-21 Friday night. Central is a heavy favorite in section 2 this year. Also, don’t count out 2-3 Warwick. They have lost back-to-back heartbreakers but should be in the mix in section 2.
3) In section 3 I think the favorites are Ephrata who is 3-2, 4-1 Lampeter Strasburg, and don’t count out 3-2 Lancaster Catholic. Should be an exciting race in section 2.
4) In section 4 the game of the year is 4-1 Octorara vs. 3-1 Columbia when they face off this Friday night. Don’t count out Elco as well in section 4 as well as who is the defending champ in section 4.
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