West Perry (3-0) at Greencastle-Antrim (1-2)
Friday, 7 p.m.
LAST WEEK: G-A beat Hanover, 42-21. West Perry defeated Camp Hill, 54-8.
LAST SEASON: West Perry earned a 49-20 victory over G-A in Elliottsburg.
GREENCASTLE: Coming off their first win of the season, the Blue Devils open Mid-Penn Colonial Division play at home against a high-powered opponent in West Perry.
Last week should certainly act as a confidence booster, as G-A pulled away from Hanover in the second half, led by David Niebauer.
Now solidified as the Blue Devils' offensive workhorse, Niebauer erupted for 189 yards and four touchdowns last Friday. The sophomore seems to be getting better by the week, with his continued progression playing a pivotal role in G-A's success.
Receiver Adam Root also had a huge half against Hanover, reeling in five grabs for more than 100 yards and two scores in the opening two quarters. His presence gives quarterback Zach Cole a significant threat on the outside, which should help keep defenses honest.
"Offensively, we need to build on last week, be more physical and take care of the football," G-A head coach Devin McCauley said. "On defense, we need to tackle well and play solid, assignment football."
Headlining Greencastle's effort to slow down the Mustangs will be linebacker Tyler Thuahnai, who has been an absolute monster the last two games. Thuahnai has registered double-digit tackles both weeks, flying all over the field.
Taylor Conrad has served as a nice complement to Thuahnai in the middle while Ethan Shank and Malachi Rhodes have made a fair share of plays in the secondary.
That production will need to ramp up against a stout West Perry offense.
"West Perry is a very good team with a mix of size and speed," McCauley said. "They will present a major challenge for us. Our guys need to rise to the occasion."
WEST PERRY: For the Mustangs, it's all about quarterback Kenyon Johnson.
The senior signal caller is the definition of a dual-threat, possessing the ability to beat teams with both his legs and arm.
Through three weeks, Johnson has rushed for 394 yards while averaging more than 11 yards per carry.
His talent is a premiere reason why West Perry has rung up 158 points in its first three games. Yes, that's right — the Mustangs have outscored their first three opponents 158-40.
Most view West Perry's early scheduled as favorable, but throttling Camp Hill last week gives Greencastle an idea of what it's dealing with, considering the Blue Devils lost to Camp Hill 28-25 in Week 2.
G-A is also familiar with Johnson, who rushed for 173 yards and had five total touchdowns against the Blue Devils a season ago.
"Everything they do runs through Johnson, and they do a really nice job using a variety of formations that force you to adjust," McCauley said. "He is one of the best players we'll see this year. Overall, they're a big, physical team that plays very aggressive."
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Ben Destefan on Twitter: @bdestefan_RH for game updates.
GAMETIME FORECAST: Cloudy, high 60s
NEXT WEEK: G-A travels to Dillsburg to take on Northern York in a Mid-Penn Colonial Division game.
Contact Ben Destefan at firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-762-2151 or on Twitter: @bdestefan_RH