Each week during the regular season, we’ll unveil our updated Dandy Dozen football poll. We rank the top trending Mid-Penn Conference and Lancaster-Lebanon League programs regardless of classification. Teams are ranked in descending order with record, previous rank and upcoming schedule.
12. Waynesboro (3-0): QB Chance Eyler produced his best statistical game of the season, pitching three touchdowns, and Aidan Mencia rushed for 109 stripes and a score as Waynesboro remain unbeaten with a 36-7 win over Red Land.
Previous: 11. Next: Friday vs. East Pennsboro, 7
11. Northern (3-0): The Polar Bears love to rush the football, so nothing was sweeter than getting that part of their agenda in fifth gear against rival Shippensburg. QB Jordan Heisey rushed for 115 yards and RB Talon Belluscio added 100 rushing yards on 9 carries as the Polar Bears sacked Shippensburg 31-20.
Previous: 10. Next: Friday at Greencastle-Antrim, 7
10. State College: (1-1): Through no fault of its own, State College was not prepared for its debut scrum with Central Dauphin. The bounce back was last week vs. Cumberland Valley, which surrendered 3-10. QB Conrad Moore rattled off nearly 30 yards per carry and recorded a pair of touchdowns in a 31-0 SC win.
Previous: 9. Next: Friday at Carlisle, 7
9. Hershey (3-0): Yes, Hershey’s perfect 3-0 mark is ultimately what has Mark Painter & Co. in this spot. Still, the Trojans are winning in different ways each week, which is the mark of a program on the rise. After three weeks, the Trojans are just that. QB Jackson Bouslough and Davey Loyd played center stage this time via three TD hook ups in a 40-6 win over Palmyra.
Previous: 8. Next: Friday vs. Mifflin County, 7
8. Harrisburg (1-0): The Cougars finally made it back to the field and only four days after school district officials reversed an earlier decision to stop all fall sports competitions, too. Well, the high-energy Cougars were faster and stronger than 4A-power Berks Catholic and saddled the Saints with a 62-28 loss at Forino Sports Complex in Reading.
Previous: NR. Next: Saturday vs. McCaskey, 1
7. Mechanicsburg (3-0): Apparently, it’s not enough to worry about offensive standouts Micah Brubaker, Taylor Shearer, James Anderson and more. Seems the Wildcats play a little defense, as well, judging by its 48-0 triumph over Greencastle-Antrim last week.
Previous: 7. Next: Friday at Susquehanna Township, 7
6. Steel-High (3-0): When your freshman quarterback throws for 396 yards and throws for 7 touchdowns and adds No. 8 on the ground and leads the team to a 77-0 Saturday win, that’s accurately classified as a productive day. Not so much for the opposition, of course.
Previous: 5. Next: Saturday vs. Camp Hill, noon
5. Wilson (3-1): Make it three straight for skipper Doug Dahms and the Bulldogs, who crashed McCaskey’s party 41-7. QB Kaleb Brown only completed five passes yet three of them went for touchdowns, two to Troy Corson and the other to Josh Drake. Big Section 1 tilt with Hempfield comes in two weeks.
Previous: 5. Next: Friday vs. Cedar Crest, 7
4. Bishop McDevitt (3-0): It was a big night for Crusaders QB Lek Powell, who finished 23 of 37 for 333 yards and 5 touchdowns, leading his side over rival Cedar Cliff 40-28. WR Mario Easterly secured three of those TD throws with Kamil Foster hauling in 6 catches for 118 and a score. McD again played without RB Marquese Williams.
Previous: 4. Next: Friday vs. Cumberland Valley, 7
3. Lampeter-Strasburg (4-0): We could point to the Pioneers’ offense, headlined by a pair of Drew Harris TD runs, but L-S is a bit more rounded than that. Donegal managed two first downs and 46 total yards vs. the Section 3 leaders.
Previous: 3. Next: Friday vs. Garden Spot, 7
2. Warwick (4-0): The bad news for the Warriors is RB Colton Miller didn’t score 4 touchdowns Friday. The good news is Miller did combine with teammate Christian Royer to post 4 rushing touchdowns in a 50-9 victory over Elizabethtown. QB Joey McCracken also picked the Bears apart with 226 yards and 2 scores.
Previous: 2. Next: Friday at Solanco, 7
1. Central Dauphin (3-0): It was business as usual for the Rams last week as QB Max Mosey connected with three different receivers for touchdowns and the Rams defense limited Carlisle to minimal gains in a 35-0 shutout. The Rams have now outscored its first three foes by a combined 132-23.
Previous: 1. Next: Friday vs. Altoona, 7
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