HARRISBURG – CBS 21’s Friday Night Rivals Presented by Faulkner Subaru season continues in Week 7 with Trinity traveling to East Pennsboro on Friday night.
The East Pennsboro Panthers picked up win number one in their 2018 campaign with a 54-6 victory over Camp Hill. The Panthers used an unheard of 41-point second quarter to come away with the big win. Nikolas Karoly was nearly flawless through the air, completing 11 of 12 throws for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns. Jacob Shermeyer added 152 yards and a pair of scores on the ground for East Pennsboro. Trinity fell to 0-6 on the season after a 46-0 loss to Milton Hershey. The Shamrocks put up just 96 yards of total offense in the contest.
The Panthers, coached by Todd Stuter, sit at 1-5 despite three losses by a touchdown or less. Karoly, one of five players to throw a pass for East Pennsboro, has completed 54 percent of his throws for 812 yards and eight touchdowns. With moderate success through the air, the team has struggled on the ground, averaging just 56.8 yards per game. Shermeyer has 296 of the teams 341 rushing yards this season. Mike Chismar and Jaxson Irwin are the main targets in the air, combining for 50 catches and seven receiving touchdowns. Chismer leads the group with 322 yards receiving.
For the Shamrocks, coached by Todd Ryan, a move was made at quarterback on Friday as Damonte Porter got the nod, completing just one of his 11 throws. Danny Scott has completed 41 percent of passes with a pair of touchdowns and eight interceptions when acting as the quarterback. Connor McCarthy has been the workhorse back, carrying the ball 90 times for 320 yards. Daniel Kosinski has added 44 carries for 212 yards and two touchdowns for the Shamrocks. Despite playing QB last week, Porter still leads the team with 12 catches for 125 yards this year.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers have three players averaging at least five tackles per contest, led by Hunter Campbell at six per game. Shermeyer has been a terror in the backfield, racking up 11 tackles for loss. The team has been opportunistic defensively, forcing 17 turnovers. Marquise Horton has picked off a pair of passes, while Shermeyer has added three fumble recoveries.
Connor Knittle and Mike McDermott have been strong for the Trinity defense, combining for 73 tackles on the season. McDermott leads the team with seven tackles for loss. Trinity has caused just two turnovers this season, a pair of fumble recoveries. Trinity has given up nearly 40 points per game in 2018.
Trinity sits at the bottom of the Mid-Penn Capital conference, tied with Camp Hill. Despite having just a single win, East Pennsboro sits in a tie with Steel High and Boiling Springs at 1-2 in conference play. Three teams, Middletown, Milton Hershey and Palmyra are 3-0 in conference play.
These teams have split the last eight meetings, dating back to 2008. East Pennsboro has won the last three contests by an average of 34 points. It was a 66-27 victory for the Panthers in 2017.
This has been an uncharacteristic down year for East Pennsboro, as the team has won no less than six games every year since 2009. Trinity won eight games in the last three season under the previous regime before Ryan took over this season.
IME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5th
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 5 Trinity at East Pennsboro
Friday Oct 12 Hershey at Bishop McDevitt
Friday Oct 19 Camp Hill at Milton Hershey
Friday Oct 26 Central Dauphin at CD East