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September 14, 2018

Central Dauphin’s balanced offensive attack drops rival Cumberland Valley 37-7
By Timothy Johnson/PennLive

The Central Dauphin-Cumberland Valley rivalry has seen its share of twists and turns in recent years, as the two perennial powers use one another as early-season measuring sticks or battle for postseason supremacy.   Through the efforts of CD's Adam Burkhart, Noah Hoffman and the rest of the Rams' deep squad, the rivalry's 2018 edition would be devoid of drama; instead, it was merely a display of two programs that find themselves in very different places after four weeks.  Adam Burkhart rushed for 114 yards and two first-half scores, QB Noah Hoffman added big chunks of yardage through the air and the Rams’ hard-hitting defense came up big when it mattered most, allowing Central Dauphin (3-1) to handle rival Cumberland Valley (0-4) 37-7 on Friday evening at Landis Field.  CD’s victory reaffirms the Rams as a contender for the Mid-Penn Commonwealth and District 3-6A titles, while CV’s unexpected season of misery continues.

Burkhart was the Rams' best offensive option all night, earning his 114 yards on just 12 carries.  Hoffman showed plenty of poise under center, going 10-15 for 190 yards including a pretty fourth-down lob to Nicky Chimienti that led to the Rams' third score on the following play. Chimienti was a force on defense, recording an interception and several punishing hits.

Jared Plessinger-Logan Ramper connection was working all night long for CV, as the senior wideout collected 12 receptions for 157 yards and an athletic 59-yard score down the right sideline. Plessinger completed his first eight passes and finished the night 16-21 for 217 yards and a TD.

Central Dauphin kicker Derek Krug booted a trio of field goals, including an impressive 45-yarder just before halftime that would've been good from 55 or more.

Despite a hot start by Plessinger, the Rams had a big early get-off on D that came with an extra message.  Facing a 4th and 4 after marching CV down the field on their opening drive, Plessinger looked to pick up the first down on a scramble to the left.  Instead, he was met by a pair of Ram defenders short of the sticks, taking a hit that sent the signal-caller's helmet flying and firing up the home sideline.  On the ensuing drive Burkhart ripped off three straight big-yardage runs including his 10-yard opening score.  Minutes later he'd add another, pushing the Rams' lead to 14 and taking the early wind out of CV's sails despite their handful of encouraging drives.

September 7, 2018

Aaron Young scores twice and Coatesville keeps Cumberland Valley out of the win column

By Bryan Linder - Pennlive

Standout tailback Aaron Young scored a pair of touchdowns and Coatesville knocked off Cumberland Valley 35-19 Friday.  Jared Plessinger had a touchdown pass for Cumberland Valley, and Connor Madison and Jake Hart each ran for scores. 

When was the last time Cumberland Valley was 0-3? Well I consider long-time former The Patriot-News high school football czar Rod Frisco a friend and we chatted about this very subject. He goes back in the 1980s. I started covering Central Pennsylvania HS Football in 1992. Neither of us ever remembers the Eagles being 0-3. I do know the Eagles were 3-8 in 1969 and that is their worst season. So that’s a candidate, right? With a road game to highly ranked Coatesville, who marched into Severance Field in Week 1 and thumped Harrisburg, it appears CV is headed in that direction. Looking around the Commonwealth Division and the remaining schedule, since the Eagles fell to Coatesville … am I wrong in finding it very hard to see five wins for this team?