Know Thy Opponent - Bishop McDevitt (for Shippensburg Fans)
#2 Shippensburg (10-1) vs #3 Bishop McDevitt (7-4)
The Shippensburg Greyhounds will faceoff against the Bishop McDevitt Crusaders in the second round of the District 3 AAAA playoffs. Bishop McDevitt defeated #6 Milton Hershey 35-28 in the first round of the playoffs.
Bishop McDevitt is quite familiar with the District 3 playoffs as the Crusaders have won the District 3 playoffs each of the last 6 years and have also finished as runner-up in the state playoffs 3 of those years. Over that time period the Crusaders have furnished an impressive 82-12 record. Bishop McDevitt is a member of the Mid-Penn Keystone Division and is located in Harrisburg, PA.
Bishop McDevitt Power Ranking 95 (est)
The Wizard projects Bishop McDevitt's Power Ranking to be approximately 95 based on their record and the opponents they have faced. Since the Crusaders are not in the Colonial Division, The Wizard does not keep official power rankings for the team. In comparison, Shippensburg's Power Ranking is currently at 128, which is the highest any team in the Mid-Penn Colonial has been at all year.
Bishop McDevitt's Schedule
The Wins -
28-12 over Harrisburg (8-3) #5 in AAAAA
42-35 over Cedar Cliff (9-2) #7 in AAAAA
35-28 over Milton Hershey (7-4) #6 in AAAA
The Loss -
7-35 DeMatha (11-0) #7 Nationally according to Max Preps & #1 in Maryland
14-24 Cumerbland Valley (8-3) #4 in AAAAAA
13-27 Central Dauphin East (7-4) #6 in AAAAAA
Passing - Chase Diehl
Wake Forrest commit Tayvon Bowers is out for the season with a knee injury. Tayvon was the Crusaders starting QB until the final regular season game. Sophmore Chase Diehl has come in and filled in admirably - going 16-26 for 214 with 1 TD and 1 INT in the first round playoff game.
Rushing - Geiger & Co
Matt Geiger had about 700 yards in the regular season on 6 yards per carry. However, the dynamics switched with the loss of Bowers and the Crusaders leaned on Geiger in the first round of the playoffs with 31 carries and 248 yards and adding 3 rushing TDs.
Defense - Balanced
The Crusaders have given up 30 points per game, but that has been against some pretty strong opponents. They do sport a +3 in the always important turnover battle.
The Crusaders have 3 kickers that combined for 42 - 46 on PATs and have one additional field goal. The punt game is a very average 32 yards per punt.
The Wizards Final Oddz - Shippensburg 62% - Bishop McDevitt 38%
The winner will go on to play the winner of #1 Berks Catholic (10-1) vs #5 Lampeter-Strasburg (7-4).