HARRISBURG – CBS 21’s Friday Night Rivals Presented by Faulkner Subaru season continues in Week 8 as Hershey hits the road to face off with Bishop McDevitt.
The Hershey Trojans enter the matchup with a 2-5 record after a 48-7 loss at Cedar Cliff on Friday night. After a first quarter score, the Trojans were kept out of the end zone for the duration of the contest. McDevitt sits at 6-1 on the season after a big 56-7 trounce over Lower Dauphin.
2-2 in conference play, the Trojans sit in fourth place in the Mid Penn Keystone Division. Jay Rodriguez leads Frank Isenberg’s offense in both passing and rushing yards this season. Rodriguez enters with 269 yards and two passing touchdowns while adding 390 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. Nathan Lopez and Sam Carlson have added 145 and 142 yards on the ground respectively out of the backfield. Joey Allegrini and Glojere Hampton are tied for the team lead with 11 receptions each.
Chase Diehl continues to lead the Bishop McDevitt offense through the air, completing 69 percent of his passes for 2,218 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. Turning to the ground more often than earlier this season, CJ Reyes-Diggs has been a workhorse as of late, averaging over ten yards per carry on the year. Reyes-Diggs leads the team with 604 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Sophomore Dedrick Tinker has added over 200 yards on the ground and three scores. Syracuse commit Nazir Burnett has 46 catches for 1,071 yards and 16 touchdowns. Burnett is averaging over 23 yards a catch and has been essentially unguardable for defensive backs, racking up over 150 yards per game.
Devyn Clair and Dray Donley lead the McDevitt defense with 41 and 46 tackles respectively. Donley has been a mainstay in the backfield with 12 tackles for loss and four sacks. Marquin McArthur-Melendez has added three sacks on the defensive front. Ben Marsico has four interceptions on the season, leading a defense that has forced just 12 turnovers in seven games.
Off last year’s 10-3 record, McDevitt is primed to go even further in 2018 only falling in an instant classic contest to Cedar Cliff earlier this season. After winning just one game in each of the last two seasons, Hershey has already matched those two wins this season, but will be heavily tested for the second week in a row.
Bishop McDevitt is 9-0 against Hershey since 2010, holding Hershey to ten points or less in seven of the nine games.
IME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12th
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 12 Hershey at Bishop McDevitt
Friday Oct 19 Camp Hill at Milton Hershey
Friday Oct 26 Central Dauphin at CD East