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Extra points: Father and son go head-to-head

Chambersburg's first-year starter Tyler Collier has shown poise in the pocket, despite being only a sophomore with just a few games under his belt.

But Friday, Collier was going up against a whole new kind of opponent - his dad.

Collier's father, Ron Johnson, a former defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Shippensburg University standout, is also the defensive line coach for Red Lion, which Chambersburg played Friday for the first time in more than a decade.

"It was a little weird at first being on the opposite sideline, and him coaching for the opposite team," Collier said. "I knew the defensive line was going to be a challenge because they have a lot of experience, and I knew it was going to be a tough game."

After the 2016 season schedules came out last winter, Johnson said the Red Lion coaching staff came together to discuss the possibility of the team going up against Collier, who has been a viable quarterback prospect for the Trojans since middle school. And as the day edged closer, Johnson said he joked with his line to "stay away from Collier" when the time came.

"The buildup to the game was very nerve-wracking," Johnson said, "perparing for it, and looking at his film, knowing we were going to have to figure out a game plan to stop his offense. It was kind of weird and stressful.

"Early on I joked with the line about playing (Collier), but I told them this game is special for me and my son, but it's normal business for them."

Johnson and the Red Lion defense held Collier to just 48 passing yards, and pushed him back minus-5 yards on two rush attempts.

"I know how he teaches his defensive ends, and how far they come up the field," Collier said, "they did a very good job containing the pocket, so I wasn't able to run. They forced me to stay in the pocket and I was kind of expecting that."

THE VAN SCYOC SHOW: There's no question that the new starter under center for Shippensburg has made a statement since Week 1. But Carter Van Scyoc made it clear Friday that he won't let the pressure get to him.

For the first time this season, Shippensburg found itself trailing, and with the clock winding down against Bermudian Springs, Van Scyoc locked up with Cody Gustafson 70 yards down the field for the game-winning touchdown. The Greyhounds wrapped up its third win of the season, 28-24 over the Eagles.

Van Scyoc has an impressive 58.6 completion percentage for 544 yards, averaging 16 yards per completion through three games.

BIG CONNECTIONS: Although early in the season, Waynesboro's Brady Riddell and Cameron Keck are making one thing very clear to their opponents - don't let Keck go deep. And if you do, you're in for trouble.

Keck averages more than 28 yards per catch, racking up 318 receiving yards on just 11 catches this season. And it's obvious Riddell likes having Keck as his open man down field.

Riddell has thrown for 17 completions so far this season, 11 to Keck, with each toss averaging more than 23 yards.

MAKING HEADWAY: After scoring a combined three points in first two games of the season, Greencastle-Antrim finally found the end zone in a 28-16 loss to East Pennsboro. Both touchdowns came from Demetrius Burton, the team's top rusher.

Quarterback Cade McDowell connected with Burton on a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Burton also had a two-yard rush into the end zone in the fourth.

Kicker Ian Gelsinger also had a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter. Previously, Gelsinger was the only Blue Devil to score in the first two games.

CENTURY CLUB: Waynesboro had two players reach the Century Club milestone this week, while Shippensburg's Gustafson surpassed the 100-yard mark for the third straight week.

Gustafson racked up 163 receiving yards for the Greyhounds, including the game-winning 70-yard connection in the final five minutes of the game.

Waynesboro's Brady Beckner led the Indians on the ground with 162 yards and a touchdown, while Cameron Keck earned 128 receiving yards on five catches.

Greencastle-Antrim's Demetrius Burton ran for 103 yards and a touchdown.