CBS 21’s Friday Night Rivals Presented by Faulkner Subaru season comes to its conclusion as Central Dauphin and Central Dauphin East meet on Friday night at 7 p.m. on CBS 21.
Central Dauphin enters the regular season finale at 6-3 coming off a victory over Chambersburg while Central Dauphin East enters at 3-6 after a loss to Cumberland Valley on Friday night. Noah Hoffman threw for three touchdowns and Adam Burkhart ran for two scores in the Rams 35-14 victory. Bryce Baker ran for over 100 yards and a score for CD East, but the defense struggled in the 48-17 loss.
After getting off to a 4-1 start, Central Dauphin is just 2-2 in their last four games, but have a chance to finish off a 7-3 regular season with a win. The team’s losses have come against elite teams like Harrisburg, State College and Manheim Township. Central Dauphin currently sits in third place in the MId-Penn Commonwealth behind aforementioned Harrisburg and State High.
The senior quarterback, Hoffman, has thrown for 1,123 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Relying heavily on the ground game, Coach Glen McNamee’s bunch rushes for over 180 yards per contest. Burkhart is the leader of the backs with 806 yards and 11 touchdowns. Tyler Leisher is the other major threat for the Rams, averaging over 6.5 yards per carry for 337 yards and a pair of touchdown runs. Four different receivers have at least 100 yards, but Nick Chimienti is far and away the leading option with 28 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns.
CD East sits in sixth place out of eight teams in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth at 2-4 in conference play. The offense averages just under 19 points per game on the season. Aaron Blanding’s group is led by Baker. Averaging nearly eight yards per carry, Baker has rushed for 709 yards and five touchdowns. Shawn Brown has been even more efficient on less touches, averaging nearly nine yards per tote. Brown has 475 rushing yards and three touchdowns and has also spent time under center. Brown has completed 27 of his 45 throws for 336 yards and a touchdown. Jeremiah Green is the other option at QB for CD East, throwing for 474 yards and a score. The versatile Stephon Brown has been a consistent weapon for the Panthers, totaling 525 yards on 37 touches on the ground and through the air. Shawn Brown has added an extra 178 receiving yards, giving him at least 175 yards passing, rushing and receiving.
Burkhart has been a strong force on the defensive side of the ball for Central Dauphin, racking up 54 tackles, an interception, and five TFL’s. Cameron Sansoni is the force up front, getting to the quarterback eight times, thus far. Kyle Minnich is another strong backer for the Rams, averaging six tackles per contest with seven tackles for loss. The Rams have intercepted 12 passes this season, with eight different players registering a pick. Malachi Bowman leads the way with four takeaways for Central Dauphin.
James Banks Jr. leads the Panther defense with over eight tackles per game and six tackles for loss. Both Tyree Cowan and Isaiah Ibraheem have registered five tackles for loss. Ibraheem leads the team with 4.5 sacks. The Panther defense has picked off eight passes and recovered eight fumbles in 2018. Devon Lee has four takeaways while Shawn brown leads the way with three picks.
6-5 a year ago after three straight ten or more win seasons, Coach McNamee’s bunch has a chance to get back to their winning ways and at the very least guarantee a better finish than last year with a win on Friday night. 6-5 a year ago, CD East will finish with a worse record than the prior year for the fifth straight year, dating back to 2014’s 10-3 finish.
Central Dauphin has won 13 of the last 15 meetings, but will be looking to avenge last year’s 35-31 defeat at the hands of the Panthers. CD East’s other triumph came in a 21-19 win back in 2012.
TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26