The GameTimePA crew breaks down Week 8 matchups in the Lancaster, Hanover, Franklin-Fulton, York and Lebanon regions. Video by John Buffone
Greencastle at Waynesboro
Game data: Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils at Waynesboro Indians ... Friday, 7 p.m. at Buchanan Auto Park ... Mid Penn Colonial Division game.
Teams: The Blue Devils (1-6, 1-3 MPC) have lost three straight and are coming off their second shutout of the season ... Waynesboro moved to 4-3 (3-1 MPC) with a surprising romp of Big Spring in Week 7.
Notes: Greencastle and Waynesboro are on opposite ends of the spectrum right now. The Blue Devils are riding a three-game losing skid, while the Indians have won three in a row.
Suffering through some growing pains this year, Greencastle coach Chuck Tinninis is pleased with the improvement he's seen, but this is going to be another tough week for G-A. A strong defensive effort last week kept Greencastle in the game against undefeated Shippensburg, but the offense couldn't match that effort. G-A has been shut out twice this season. Offensively, the Devils are led by Demetrius Burton, who continues to be the team's leader. He has gained 605 yards in six games this year.
Waynesboro hasn't lost since falling to Ship in Week 4, and the Indians have been using a strong rushing game to rack up the wins. Last week, the Indians amassed 3-5 yards on the ground, including a 159-yard performance from Brady Beckner, who is just 96 yards away from 1,000. Forrest Rhyne (42 carries, 264 yards) and Mason Frampton (36-228) have also been big offensive contributors lately.
Media: Follow @liziarbogast on Twitter for live updates from the game ... A livestream will be available on GameTimePA.com and midpennbroadcasting.com.
P.O. pick: Waynesboro by 14.
James Buchanan at Big Spring
Game data: James Buchanan Rockets at Big Spring Bulldogs ... Friday, 7 p.m. at Bulldog Stadium ... Mid Penn Colonial Division game.
Teams: The Rockets (0-7, 0-4 MPC) scored 22 points last week - their most since Week 1 ... Big Spring (5-2, 3-1 MPC) just saw a five-game win streak come to an end in a 35-7 loss to Waynesboro.
Notes: Every week has been a battle for James Buchanan, and this week will be more of the same for the winless Rockets.
Cormac Houpt has his best game of the season since Week 1 in the Rockets' most recent loss to West Perry. He finished with a staggering 140 yards on 16 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns. Zane Bray has become an offensive threat, earning 6 catches for 101 yards in the last two games. Bray also continues to pace the defense with 32.5 tackles, while Seth Egolf is right behind with 30.5.
Big Spring is a run-heavy offense, racking up nearly three times the amount of rushing yards as passing yards. Last week, junior Ryan Adams surpassed the 1,000-yard mark; he has totaled 1,043 this season. Quarterback Jaret Petty has contributed 470 rushing yards to go along with his 648 passing yards. The Bulldogs will be looking to avenge last week's loss that hurt their Mid Penn Colonial Division hopes.
P.O. pick: Big Spring by 25.