Game Breakdown-Tale of the Tape
Game Data: Central Dauphin at Central Dauphin East
Kickoff: 7 p.m. Friday
Location: Landis Field
2017 Records: Central Dauphin East, 4-1 overall, 1-1 Mid-Penn Commonwealth; Central Dauphin 4-1 overall, 2-0 Mid-Penn Commonwealth
Coaches: Central Dauphin East, Aaron Blanding; Central Dauphin, Glen McNamee
Central Dauphin East Key Players (2017 Stats, 4 games): Sr. RB Michael Jones (52 carries, 272 yards, 2 TDs), Sr. WR Terrence Danner (7 catches, 119 yards, 1 TDs), Jr. QB/CB Kane Everson (15 of 23 passing, 232 yards, 1TD, 0 INT; 36 carries, 226 yards, 5 Tds; 22 Tackles, 1 INT), Sr. QB/SS Jaylen Hawthorne (12 of 32 passing, 219 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs; 16 carries, 102 yards) Sr. DE Edward Rivers (26 tackles, 7 TFLs, 6 sacks), Jr. DE/LB Troy Ambush II (19 tackles, 6 TFLs, 5 sacks).
Central Dauphin Key Players (2017 Stats, 5 games): Sr. RB Mike Wise-Belle (76 carries, 291 yards, 6 TDs), Sr. QB Brady Straub (48 of 83 passing, 727 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT; 25 carries, 76 yards, 2 Tds), Sr. TE/DE Grant Smith ( 7 catches, 175 yards, 2 TDs), Sr. WR/DB Saville Pope (14 catches, 232 yards 1TD; 22 tackles, 1 INT), Jr. LB/FB Adam Burkhart (47 tackles, 5 TFLs), Sr. DB/WR Michael Payton (19 tackles, 4 INTs), Sr. OL/DL Booth Heshler (stats N/A), Sr. DL/OL Jake Yost (20 tackles, 6.5 TFLs, 3 sacks).
Key Stat: Central Dauphin has won four straight against their backyard arch rivals, victories in 2013 and 2014 happened in the final moments. Central Dauphin East last won by a score of 21-19 in 2012. The Rams have won 13 of the last 14 against the Panthers.
The Scoop: The backyard brawl is one of the more intriguing match-ups of Week 6, pitting two arch enemies against each other competing for the league title.
How We See It
Central Dauphin East Rush Offense vs. Central Dauphin Rush Defense
Central Dauphin boasts a physical defense that has been difficult to run against thus far this season. The front seven is nasty and aggressive; look no further than last week when the Rams clamped down Cumberland Valley’s vaunted Wing-T offense. Central Dauphin defensive linemen; Jake Yost, Joey Silvers, Jaden Baylor, and Willy Shuller have been disruptive and a handful for opponents. Rams’ junior linebackers, Adam Burkhart and Kyle Minnich are instinctive and fill the holes vigorously. Central Dauphin East will attempt to set the tone early by leaning on physical senior running back Michael Jones. The Panthers will also make an effort to get quarterback Kane Everson involved in the running game because he is sensational in the open field and only needs a crease to create an explosive play.
Central Dauphin Rush Offense vs. Central Dauphin East Rush Defense
Central Dauphin will try to establish the power running game with veteran running back Mike Wise-Belle and the aforementioned Burkhart. The Rams like to integrate the jet sweep as part of their offense to threaten the edge of the defense. The jet sweep puts a few extra blockers in front of the runner to outnumber the defense at the point of attack and is a very explosive play. The Central Dauphin East defense has been stingy against opponents. Senior defensive end, Edward Rivers, has been getting consistent penetration and owns seven tackles for loss this fall. Troy Ambush II, a junior defensive end, has tallied 6 tackles for loss on the season.
Central Dauphin East Pass Offense vs. Central Dauphin Pass Defense
Central Dauphin East utilizes the two-quarterback system. Although, both quarterbacks virtually have the same skill-set and neither has been super efficient throwing the football. Terrance Danner, a senior wide receiver, is a huge target (6-5, 200) who can catch jump balls in the red zone. Alternating quarterbacks, Kane Everson and Jaylen Hawthorne, are dual-threats and have the ability to scramble. They can avoid the pass rush and extend plays. Central Dauphin’s pass rush has been fierce totaling 18 sacks on the season. The Panthers could struggle passing downfield against ball-hawking Ram defensive back’s, Michael Payton and Saville Pope, who have collected five interceptions in 2017.
Edge: Central Dauphin
Central Dauphin Pass Offense vs. Central Dauphin East Pass Defense
Central Dauphin quarterback Brady Straub has been very effective in the passing game and is a good game manager. Straub has fired 7 touchdowns passes and has only 1 interception thus far. Central Dauphin senior pass catchers’ Grant Smith and Saville Pope are dangerous play makers. The Rams’ offensive line will have to protect Straub to give him time to locate his receivers. The Panthers’ pass rush has been relentless thus far recording 20 sacks on the year. Rivers and Ambush II have accounted for 11 of those sacks. Versatile ace, Kane Everson, is a game changer in the secondary, but he may need more help in the back end to cover the Rams’ offensive weapons.
Special Teams: Both kickers have been very steady this season. Central Dauphin East place kicker, Anthony Calamia, has only missed one field goal attempt. Rams’ place kicker, Ethan Van Buskirk, has connected on 6 of 9 attempts and booted a 48-yard field goal last week against Cumberland Valley. Both teams have been solid in the return game and have been excellent in coverage. Also, there is no distinct advantage in the punting game.
Intangibles: Both teams have plenty of incentive in this classic backyard rivalry. The Panthers haven’t beaten the Rams since 2012 but have come very close a number of times. The Rams are coming off a thrilling win over Cumberland Valley and stopped a losing streak of their own. The Rams will be sky high for the game.
Prediction: This will be another hard fought game that comes down to the wire. The team that limits their mistakes and plays sound fundamental football will pull out the victory. Who will respond in the face of adversity and make one more game-changing play?
Edge: Slight Central Dauphin