Previews of tonight's prep football games

August 31, 2007

Greencastle-Antrim Blue Devils (7-4) at James Buchanan Rockets (1-9)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: James Buchanan leads, 20-17-1.

Last meeting: 2006 - Greencastle, 21-14.

Notes: The Blue Devils have won the last eight meetings. The Rockets last beat Greencastle in 1996, 37-19. The Blue Devils made their first playoff appearance since 1998 last season. The Blue Devils had the stingiest defense in the area last season, allowing just 10.9 points per game. The Rockets, meanwhile, allowed 27.3 points per game, their lowest since 1995, when they allowed 15.1 points per game. The Rockets' last winning season was in 1995. The Blue Devils return junior QB Adam Ritchey, who started six games last season, and junior RB Dustin Barry, who scored 8 TDs after breaking into the lineup due to injuries last season. The Rockets welcome back junior QB Jesse Smartt, who actually attends Southern Fulton High School. Smartt threw for 672 yards and 6 TDs last season.


Waynesboro Indians (2-8) at Susquehanna Township Indians (10-2)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Waynesboro leads, 4-1.

Last meeting: 2006 - Susquehanna Township, 42-6.

Notes: Waynesboro won four straight meetings against Susquehanna Township from 1992-95. Waynesboro is seeking its first winning season since going 9-2 in 1992. Its streak of 14 straight losing seasons is the longest in the Tri-State area. Darwin Seiler was in the fifth year of his first go-round as Waynesboro's coach in 1992. This is Seiler's fifth year since returning to Waynesboro. Waynesboro returns junior RB Ian Smith, who led the team with 518 yards and 7 TDs last season. Susquehanna Township also returns its top rusher, Gabe Oliver, who ran for more than 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns last season.

Cumberland Valley Eagles (4-6) at Chambersburg Trojans (1-9)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Cumberland Valley leads, 23-5.

Last meeting: 2006 - Cumberland Valley, 45-0.

Notes: The Eagles have won 14 straight games in the series, beginning with a 19-14 playoff victory in 1993. The Eagles are coming off their first losing season in 31 years. ... The Trojans have had eight straight losing seasons. Chambersburg once had 11 straight losing years, from 1971-81. Both programs boast large numbers: The Eagles had 100 players in summer camp; the Trojans increased to 95. The Trojans gained experience during a difficult 2006 campaign in which they allowed an average of 40.1 points per game, highest in the area. The Eagles return 16 starters from last season.

Hedgesville Eagles (0-1) at Berkeley Springs Indians (1-0)

When: Today, 7:30 p.m.

Series: Berkeley Springs leads, 10-7-2 (since 1964).

Last meeting: 2006 - Hedgesville, 30-27.

Last week: The Eagles lost to Briar Woods, 28-13. The Indians beat Petersburg, 41-12.

Notes: Last year's meeting was the first in the series since 1990. The Eagles kept the game against Briar Woods close, getting to within 15-13 on a 48-yard TD pass from Taylor Hockman to Jordan Burnett. But Briar Woods scored just 33 seconds later to ice the game. Hockman completed just 3 of 11 passes in the first half, but was 5-for-6 in the second half. The Eagles defense surrendered 200 passing yards. Briar Woods scored all four of its touchdowns through the air. The Indians scored their second straight big win over Petersburg by rolling up 336 yards on the ground. Cody Hess and Cody Reed - both 1,000-yard rushers in 2006 - are on pace to repeat the feat this season. Hess ran for 117 yards and 2 TDs, while Reed ran for 107 yards and 3 TDs. The Indians kept Petersburg off the scoreboard until the fourth quarter.

Potomac Falls Panthers (7-3) at Martinsburg Bulldogs (1-0)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Martinsburg leads, 2-0.

Last meeting: 2006 - Martinsburg, 35-7.

Last week: This is the season opener for the Panthers. The Bulldogs beat Morgantown, 29-3.

Notes: Martinsburg's new artificial turf field is expected to be ready in time for tonight's game. The Bulldogs had their game moved to Morgantown last week. The Bulldogs have scored 35 points in each game against the Panthers. The Panthers play their first three games against teams from West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle. They host Hedgesville on Sept. 7 and travel to Jefferson on Sept. 14. The Bulldogs held Morgantown to just 21 rushing yards. Martinsburg rolled up 348 yards, including 223 on the ground. QB Dustin Peters ran for 98 yards and a TD and threw for 125 yards and a TD. The Panthers return only one starter on the offensive and defensive lines. They are led by QB Greg Woodlief and WR Terrell Owens (yes, Terrell Owens).

Jefferson Cougars (0-1) at Sherando Warriors (10-1)

When: Today, 7 p.m.

Series: Tied, 2-2.

Last meeting: 2006 - Sherando, 21-14.

Last week: The Cougars lost to Brooke, 19-12. This is the season opener for the Warriors.

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