HARRISBURG – CBS 21’s Friday Night Rivals Presented by Faulkner Subaru season continues Friday as Cedar Cliff gets set to take on undefeated Bishop McDevitt at 7 p.m. Friday night.
The Colts of Cedar Cliff enter the contest with a 2-2 record after picking up a 41-31 road win over Holidaysburg last Friday night. The Crusaders remain without a blemish on the resume, as they trounced Red Land 49-2. McDevitt coach Jeff Weachter’s bunch needed just 24 offensive plays to do their damage, getting three scores each in the ground and through the air. Cedar Cliff put up a season-high 41 points in nearly symmetrical fashion, scoring 21 points before halftime and 20 after.
5th year Head Coach Colin Gillen’s team is led by Senior QB Chris Dare, who has thrown for nearly 900 yards and ten touchdowns so far in 2018. A baseball commit to Louisville, Bobby Whalen is the big-play threat for the Colts with 379 receiving yards and seven total scores. Jaheim Morris is a threat on the ground for Cedar Cliff, racking up 437 yards and three scores through four games.
The Crusaders have been a juggernaut early in the 2018 season, averaging nearly 600 yards of total offense per game and 46.3 points per game. It all starts with Chase Diehl for McDevitt. The Senior QB is getting interest from several D1 programs, and with good reason. So far, Diehl has thrown for 1,273 yards and an unthinkable 17 touchdowns in four games. His top target, Nazir Burnett, certainly makes things easier for Diehl. The Syracuse commit has pulled in 29 catches for 639 yards and 11 touchdowns. Three different backs have racked up at least 188 yards in the stout McDevitt attack, thus far.
Tate Myers leads the Crusaders defense with 28 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. Ben Marsico has picked off three passes for McDevitt as well. As a whole, the unit has forced nine turnovers and is allowing 18 points per game.
After falling in the 4A final a year ago, Weachter’s squad is poised to make yet another run in 2018. After recently picking up his 200th career win, Weachter will be hoping to add a ninth district title and make another run in the state playoffs.
7-3 wasn’t good enough to get Cedar Cliff into the playoffs last season, but a win over McDevitt would go a long way towards helping their cause in 2018. An expansion in District 3 has bumped the number of 5A teams making the playoffs to 14, meaning the odds are certainly much better for the Colts.
Cedar Cliff’s last win against McDevitt came back in 2013, their only win in the last ten years. The Crusaders held off the Colts to take last year’s matchup 28-21.
IME: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.
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 Sept 21 Cedar Cliff at Bishop McDevitt
Friday Sept 28 Upper Dauphin at Susquenita
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