The GameTimePA crew is back to break down some of the most interesting football matchups in District 3 for Week 5. Video by John Buffone.
Northern York at Waynesboro
Game data: Northern York Polar Bears at Waynesboro Indians ... Friday, 7 p.m. at Buchanan Auto Park Stadium ... Mid Penn Colonial Division game.
Teams: Both teams are coming off narrow losses that started their respective Colonial Division schedules. Northern is 2-2 overall, while Waynesboro is 1-3 with its only win coming in Week 3 against Gettysburg.
Notes: The schedule doesn't get any easier for Waynesboro this week, as it faces the well-balanced Polar Bears. Quarterback Curtis Robison boasts just a 39.2 completion percentage, but he has thrown for 456 yards this season. On the ground, Northern has racked up 685 yards using three main rushers. Freshman Kyle Swartz has gotten nearly half of the carries for Northern, and he has gained a total of 330 yards and scored four touchdowns. Robison has gained 193 yards on the ground, and Steven Yurchison has added 129 on 30 carries.
For Waynesboro, the running game has also been the biggest success with Brady Beckner leading the way. He has gained 422 yards on 49 carries, while Forrest Rhyne also has 121 yards on 25 carries. Rhyne is also leading the defense with 31 solo tackles, including eight for a loss. The Indians' secondary is averaging nearly two interceptions per game, with Quentin Gaskill bringing down a total of three. Jimi Hoffman has also secured two picks.
Media: Follow @TheRealKReib on Twitter for updates.
P.O. pick: Waynesboro by 7.
Shippensburg at James Buchanan
Game data: Shippensburg Greyhounds at James Buchanan Rockets ... Friday, 7 p.m. at Rocket Stadium ... Mid Penn Colonial Division game.
Teams: Shippensburg and JB are on opposite ends of the spectrum this season; the Greyhounds boast an undefeated record, while the Rockets are still looking for their elusive first win.
Notes: James Buchanan is going to have its hands full with easily the best offensive team in the county.
Shippensburg's Carter Van Scyoc has a fine 59.3 completion percentage. He has thrown for 791 yards and eight touchdowns, and the Greyhounds haven't missed a beat on the ground, either. Adam Houser leads Shippensburg with 253 yards on 48 carries, while Philip Torres is right behind with 239 yards on 43 carries. Cody Gustafson is the area's leading receiver with 21 catches totaling 428 yards.
Defensively, the Rockets do have some standouts. Colby Bradshaw has racked up 23.5 tackles, while Zane Bray boasts 19 and Sean Bankson has 18.5. But offensively, JB has been stuck in the mud. The Rockets have been shut out for the last two games and finished with just 17 yards of offense last week.
Media: Follow @LindseySquints on Twitter for updates ... Webcast available on sesportsnet.com ... Radio coverage on WIOO (1480 AM, 93.9 FM).
P.O. pick: Shippensburg by 28.