HARRISBURG – CBS 21’s Friday Night Rivals Presented by Faulkner Subaru season nears its end as Milton Hershey hosts Camp Hill for Week 9 Friday night at 7 p.m. on CBS 21.
A battle of two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum, 7-1 Milton Hershey and 1-7 Camp Hill both come off victories on Friday night. After picking up their first loss two weeks ago, the Spartans bounced back with a 28-14 road win over Palmyra. After an 0-7 start, the Lions picked up win number one, a 26-21 triumph over Boiling Springs. Greg Labine threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns in the win for Camp Hill.
A run-first football team, Milton Hershey has a stable of talented backs led by Chiago Anyanwu. Anyanwu averages nearly ten yards per carry, amassing 1,110 yards and 12 touchdowns. Naeem Cross has flourished as well, rushing for 562 yards and seven touchdowns. The trio of runners is completed with Dion Bryant. On just 23 carries, Bryant has rushed for 413 yards and three scores. For those of you interested in the math, that’s 17.9 yards per carry. The Spartans have attempted just 50 passes as a team this year. When they do throw it is generally Tigere Mavesere who has thrown for 319 yards and six touchdowns. Jaidyn Parris is the leading receiver with 15 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns.
The Camp Hill offense has averaged just 13 points per game on the season, doubling that number in the win on Friday. Daniel Shuster has attempted the most passes this season for the Lions, but it was Labine under center on Friday night. Labine has completed 49 of his 89 throws for 615 yards and six touchdowns. The Lions have struggled running the ball, averaging just 69 rushing yards per game. Frank Shartle II is the leading rusher with 309 yards and a touchdown on 80 carries. Labine is second on the team with 111 yards. Three different receiving options have at least 19 receptions and 196 yards for Camp Hill. Connor Trumpy is the yardage leader with 18 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns. Shartle leads the team with 19 receptions on the year.
Defensively, Tim Bigelow’s Lions are led by Cole and Grant Bayesa. Both players average at least seven tackles per game for the Lions with Cole averaging nearly ten. The Lions are forcing just over one turnover per game with nine takeaways in eight games this season. Amber Horner, Paul Parise and Max Delaye have all come away with two takeaways this season. Josh Parra has been quite the playmaker defensively for Jeff Boger’s Spartans taking back two picks and two fumbles for touchdowns this season. The Spartans are allowing just under 13 points per game on the season.
Looking at the MId-Penn Capital Division, Hershey sits in a tie for second place at 4-1. Middletown, one of three 7-1 overall teams in the division, is the lone conference undefeated at 5-0. Hershey’s lone loss this season came in a 32-21 defeat to the Blue Raiders. Camp Hill is tied with the team they recently defeated, Boiling Springs, at 1-4. Milton Hershey is one of nine 7-1 teams in the AAAA playoff race.
This could be a historic year for the Milton Hershey program. A win would help them towards winning nine games in a season for the first time since a 9-3 2014 season. The Spartans haven’t reached double digit wins in the last 15 years. Since 2015, Camp Hill has dropped from 12 wins to seven then to four and now to one so far in 2018. Milton Hershey has won eight of the last nine in the series with Camp Hill, the Lions lone win in that stretch coming back in 2015. Milton Hershey won last year’s contest 23-13.
TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19th
WATCH: CBS 21
ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Collin Riccobon (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines).
2018 HARRISBURG FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE
***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON CBS 21, WHP
Friday Oct 19 Camp Hill at Milton Hershey
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