Game of the Week: Waynesboro at Shippensburg
Welcome to Mid Penn Colonial Division play, Shippensburg and Waynesboro.
It doesn't get any better than Friday night, when two Colonial Division favorites face off to open league play. The Greyhounds host Waynesboro at 7 pm.
"One of our goals every year is going to be to win the Colonial Division championship, and that hasn't changed," Indian coach Steve Myers said. "We keep an eye on scores every week, and it's tough to tell early, but we still think we can win it."
But the Indians haven't gotten off to the start they wanted. They're coming off their first win of the season - a 38-12 beatdown of Gettysburg - but they're up against the undefeated Greyhounds, who enter division play without a blemish.
One thing's for certain about Friday night: Fans should expect an offensive shootout, but neither coach is hoping for one.
"I would hope it's not going to be a high-scoring game, but I think it will be," Greyhound coach Eric Foust said. "I don't know if either of us can control that."
Myers said, "I think it could go that way for sure. Obviously they have some shown some explosiveness on offense, and we have done that some as well. I hope our defense is able to limit them, but it might not happen."
Averaging 322 yards and 30 points per game, Shippensburg's offense is like a well-oiled machine. Even when it was in the weeds a week ago, junior quarterback Carter Van Scyoc came up big with a 70-yard touchdown pass to Cody Gustafson to win the game in the final five minutes.
Ship's passing game isn't its only strength, either. Philip Torres is the top running back with 219 yards so far this season, while sophomore Adam Houser is getting stronger and stronger. He is averaging 4.7 yards per carry.
"I think Adam has had his moments, but we need to find the best ways to use Adam," Foust said. "We need to put him in good positions to be effective with his skill sets. If we can get him in the open field, he's very difficult to tackle."
Houser's counterpart - Brady Beckner - has seen the most carries for the Indians (1-2). He is the area's leading running back with 372 yards on 38 carries, but Myers was also complementary of 85 yards on 14 carries.
"Mason Frampton has been running real well the past couple of weeks," Myers said. "We'll try to split the carries between then. Also Dylan Cummins, whose being playing fullback, and Forrest (Rhyne) both had a few more touches, so we want to get them going."
According to Foust, Shippensburg's offense will also have to be wary of sophomore defensive lineman Daniel Worthy.
"He's very effective for them, and he gets off the ball very well," Foust said. "He's a very good defensive lineman - probably the best we've seen, in my opinion."
There's a good chance both of these teams will face the best they'll see this week.
Indians-Greyhounds at a glance
Game data: Waynesboro Indians at Shippensburg Greyhounds ... Friday, 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium ... Mid Penn Colonial Division game.
Media: Follow @liziarbogast and @LindseySquints on Twitter for updates from the game ... Livestream will be available on GameTimePA.com and midpennbroadcasting.com ... Webcast on www.sesportsnet.com ... Radio broadcast on WIOO (1480 AM, 93.9 FM).
Teams: Waynesboro (1-2) is coming off its first win of the season, having beaten Gettysburg in Week 3 ... Shippensburg is undefeated after defeating Bermudian Springs in Week 3.
P.O. pick: Ship by 8.