Linglestown Gazette

June 18, 2018

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Category Archives: CD Rams Football

Week #3 – Reading Eagle story on CD’s win over Wilson

Scholastic football: Wilson’s comeback falls short

Saturday September 16, 2017 12:01 AM

Football: Central Dauphin vs. Wilson  


For a fleeting moment, the comeback that was once unlikely began to feel inevitable.

Wilson trimmed a 22-point deficit to one possession and recovered an onside kick with 8:56 remaining.

Only 25 yards stood between the Bulldogs and a potential tying touchdown.

They never got those yards.

Central Dauphin held on to defeat Wilson 28-20 in a non-league football game at Gurski Stadium Friday night.

“I thought we were going to finish the comeback,” quarterback Connor Uhrig said. “We had a penalty or two and it just set us back. We couldn’t get it done then.”

A golden chance was in Uhrig’s hands.

The senior rolled out to avoid the rush and saw Alex Riedel running free in the end zone. Uhrig’s pass was short and fell incomplete.

Wilson turned it over on downs with 6:09 left and never regained possession.

The Bulldogs couldn’t overcome their early mistakes, which included breakdowns in the secondary and ill-timed penalties.

Central Dauphin quarterback Brady Straub burned Wilson for 245 yards on 11 completions.

Straub threw long TD passes to tight ends Grant Smith and Willy Shuller. Those combined with Mike Wise’s two touchdown runs gave Central Dauphin a 28-6 lead with 3:11 left in the third quarter.

Wilson’s defensive line held its own. The Bulldogs struggled to end drives on third and long.”

Blown coverages again,”Wilson coach Doug Dahms said. “Things that we worked on all week. We’re making mistakes. I don’t know the answer other than to keep working”

Wilson (1-2), which couldn’t generate any plays down the field to that point, started to crawl out of the hole.

Abdul MacFoy’s 21-yard touchdown reception on a shovel pass and Iggy Reynoso’s 6-yard TD catch moved Wilson within eight.

Central Dauphin (2-1) had three personal foul penalties during that stretch. Two led to Reynoso’s score and the third allowed Wilson to kick off in Rams territory.

When Sean McAndrew recovered the onside kick, everything was going the Bulldogs’ way.

“We hoped,” Dahms said. “We still had the shot. We had it in the end zone. He dropped it. What are you going to do?”

A holding penalty and a sack impeded the drive and Wilson faced fourth-and-12 from Central Dauphin’s 13.

Uhrig couldn’t connect with Riedel and that was it.

“I want that one back,” Uhrig said. “I’m a senior, a leader on this team. I should make that throw.”

Wilson’s QB didn’t miss many. He was 23-for-32 for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Reynoso was held in check for the third consecutive game with only 43 yards rushing. Wilson used short passes instead of relying on the running game.

Wilson’s slow start is so rare it makes one research the history books.

Central Dauphin has won three in a row against the Bulldogs. The last time they lost to an opponent three consecutive seasons was Pottsville from 1992-94.

They’ve lost two regular season games for the first time since 2007.

Wilson opens league play against Warwick at home next week. The Bulldogs’ 64-game league winning streak will be at stake.

“We’ve got to get better,” Dahms said. “That’s the bottom line. We can’t keep making mistakes. We’ve got to tighten up.”
Contact Jason Guarente: 610-371-5079 or

Reporter Jason Guarente covers the Reading Royals, high school soccer and track for the Reading Eagle.
Phone: 610-371-5058

SCOUTING REPORT: CD Rams vs Manheim Twp. Blue Streaks

By Bill Bostic, Gazette sports reporter

Game Info:  Away game at Manheim Twp. in suburban Lancaster — Friday, 9/1/17 at 7 pm

Stadium Address / Driving Directions:  5134 School Road, Lancaster – From Harrisburg take 283 East towards Lancaster. Take Rt. 30 East to Route 501 North through Lititz. When you exit Lititz you will go through 3 traffic lights. The first light is at Stauffers of Kissel Hill Market (on your right). The second light is at the Lancaster Airport entrance and Freeze & Frizz Ice Cream Parlor (both on your left). The third traffic light is at the intersection of Rt. 501 and Rt. 722. Go through the third light and then approximately 1/4 mile later, right after the entrance to Lancashire Terrace Retirement Village – the school entrance will be on your left (not marked particularly well).

Gazette’s Bill Bostic

Keys to a CD victory:  CLICK HERE to view a video with Bill Bostic sharing highlights of an interview with CD head coach Glen McNamee after practice on Thursday evening.

Stage Setter:  This has become a early season rivalry game and CD has never lost to Manheim Twp. in their series that started in 2010, including playoff wins in 2012 and last season.

This will be the season’s first game for Blue Streaks. Offensively they feature senior quarterback Luke Emge (#3), who is headed to Harvard University, and senior running back Grayson Sallade (#1), who was last season’s top back in Lancaster-Lebanon League’s Section 1.

Manheim Twp. is looking to make the jump from a perennial bridesmaid to Berks County’s Wilson in the conference, and Blue Streaks head coach Mark Evans would love to find a way to upset the Rams to gain confidence heading into conference play. By the way, the Rams will meet Wilson in two weeks in another away game.

Jeff Reinhart of LancasterOnline reported Blue Streaks’ senior QB and Harvard commit Luke Emge has plenty of weapons at his disposal, including returning playmakers Grayson Sallade and Rece Bender (#10). But Manheim Township’s O – particularly those skill kids – will be tested by CD safety Michael Payton (#3), who had a whopper opener last week. Payton had two picks in the Rams’ 30-7 win over Susquehanna Township, as CD’s D held the Indians to – gulp – minus-22 rushing yards on 10 carries.

The game is available on radio from WMSS – 91.1FM. Eric Thomas will be doing the play-by-play announcing duties. CLICK HERE to listen live.

Lastly, Gazette sports reporter Bill Bostic is scheduled to do live reporting on the game for

Analysis:  For the second week in a row the Rams have a healthy edge in the national and state rankings over their opponent. Unlike last week against Susquehanna Twp., Manheim Twp. appears to have offensive firepower that could make the Rams D dig deep to keep them out of the end zone. The Rams likely will have an edge on special teams due to the powerful leg of Ethan Van Buskirk (#20), which could be huge if it’s a close game.

It’s interesting that none of the pundits except me mentioned the defensive teams in this game. CD’s week #0 game showed that the Rams have a spirited D that won’t give up gobs of easy points. Meanwhile, no one has said a peep about the host’s D.

Bostic’s prediction:  My hunch is the Rams will use momentum picked up from last week’s opener, an aggressive defense and professional grade kicking game to continue the team’s winning streak against the Blue Streaks by at least a touchdown.

What Others Are Saying:  Jeff Reinhart of LancasterOnline offers good analysis but no pick – This game promises to be a real Class 6A doozie, and it feels like one of those games that could come down to the special teams: A key PAT. Maybe a fourth-quarter field goal. Or pinning someone deep with a kickoff. The Rams feature one of the top specialists in the Mid-Penn in senior kicker Ethan Van Buskirk (#20). He had a whopper Week Zero game in CD’s 30-7 win over Susquehanna Township with three field goals – from 23, 27 and 49 yards out – plus four touchbacks, making Hanna go 80 yards a bunch of times. Van Buskirk did misfire on a 52-yard field goal attempt. But hey, he was true from 49. So this kid’s got a big leg. If coach Mark Evans and his Blue Streaks’ defense make the Rams’ offense stall, that’s great. But they’ll have to deal with Van Buskirk’s big right leg.

PennLive’s experts are leaning toward a Manheim Twp. win (2 of 3 picked the Blue Streaks) based on the Lancaster County team’s high octane quarterback and running back. Truth be told, the PennLive crew offered little rationale for their pick.

Rams Tidbits:

* Team rosters — CD Rams; Manheim Twp. Blue Streaks

* 2016 records — CD 10-2; Manheim Twp. 6-5

* National/State rankings (MaxPreps) — CD 774/29; Manheim Twp. 1238/52

* Last year the Rams upended the Blue Streaks by count of 31-9 at Landis Field on 9/1/16 in CD’s first game of the season

* The Rams have a record of 77 wins-17 losses since Speed Ebersole Weight Room opened in 2010.

* CLICK HERE to view an overview of the Rams football team.

Eye on CD East Panthers: The Central Dauphin East varsity football team has an away non-conference game at Milton Hershey on Friday, September 1 at 7 pm.
Featured photo shot by Neil Renaldi

Week #0 Wrap: CD Rams win big in season opener

By Bill Bostic, Gazette sports reporter

This is a final look at the Rams 30-7 win Friday night over Susquehanna Township that extended their winning streak in season openers to 10 years.

Analysis:  The Rams came out of the gate fast, scoring on game’s opening drive, and then didn’t let up the balance of game against a potentially dangerous Susquehanna Township squad.

What made this win so impressive was the fact that the Rams fielded a team loaded with players seeing their first action in a varsity game. Their lack of game experience didn’t show, which is a feather in the cap of the Rams hard-working coaching staff led by Glen McNamee.

There wasn’t anything flashy about the offensive performance – they quietly got the job done with running backs Mike Wise-Belle and Kollin McCullough piling up 73 and 74 yards respectively.

The biggest bang occurred in the first quarter when Rams kicker and punter Ethan Van Buskirk sent the ball through the updates from 49 yards. He scored 12 points – three field goals and three extra points. Ethan’s potent leg could be the deciding factor in a game or two when the youthful Rams start play in the tough Mid Penn Commonwealth Division.

On defense, the Rams came within a play of pitching a shutout. After keeping Susquehanna Township’s pitch-and-catch  game in check for the three quarters, the Indians sophomore quarterback Rashaan Carlton hit on an 84-yard pass play along the left-hand sideline with about six minutes left in the contest. The receiver, Roland Norfleet, beat the Rams cornerback and was off to the races when the safety went for the ball and missed.

Adam Burkhart, #46, statistically lead the Rams defensive game with four tackles, two assists and two tackles for loss.

The season opener was just what the doctor ordered as a warm up for the always tough Manheim Township Blue Streaks who will host the Rams this Friday at 7 pm.

Gazette video:  Check out post-game interviews with junior linebacker Adam Burkhart and head coach Glen McNamee.

Game report:  PennLive published a game report  that includes a video interview with kicker and punter Ethan Van Buskirk, #20 and quarterback Brady Straub, #7.

Box score and statistics courtesy of MaxPreps. (Free sign-up required.)

Scoretracker compiled by Bill Bostic for MaxPreps. (Free sign-up required.)
Eye on CD East Panthers:  The Panthers did not play last week. They open their season with a non-conference away game at Milton Hershey on Friday, Sept. 1 at 7 pm.

Photo at top courtesy of Neil Renaldi

SCOUTING REPORT: CD Rams vs Susquehanna Twp. Indians

By Bill Bostic, Gazette sports reporter

Game Info: Away game at Susquehanna Township High School on Elmerton Avenue — Friday, 8/25/17 at 7 pm

Keys to a CD victory CLICK HERE to view video.

CD head coach McNamee (left) talks with Bill Bostic (right).

Stage Setter: Tonight’s opening game of the 2017 season pits two teams in transition due to significant graduation losses. All the new personnel on both sides makes this week #0, non-conference matchup a bit of a wild card. The Rams are coming into the game with only one scrimmage under their belts instead of the normal two,

Many players for the Rams will be seeing their first varsity action because the team graduated 30 seniors last year and 21 starters will not be back, according Rams head coach Glen McNamee.

Offensively the team will be led by senior quarterback Brady Straub (#7) and place kicker Ethan Van Buskirk (#20), who was named by PennLive to the Preseaon All-Mid-Penn Conference football team.

Coach McNamee identified Susquehanna Township wide receiver Brian Garner (#4) as a player who the Rams need to keep close tabs on. The Indians also are expected to have some dangerous players fielding punts and kickoffs.

The game is available on radio from WMSS – 91.1FM. Eric Thomas will be doing the play-by-play announcing duties. CLICK HERE to listen live.

Analysis: It looks like the Rams could have an edge over the Indians on paper (see “Tidbits” below), but this game is hard to handicap with so many new starters on both squads. My gut tells me CD will prevail by at least two touchdowns.

Rams Tidbits:

* Team rosters — CD Rams ; Susquehanna Township Indians,

* 2016 records — CD 10-2; Susquehanna Twp 10-4

* National/State rankings (MaxPreps) — CD 1004/32; Susquehanna Twp 3917/166

* Last year the Rams upended the Indians by count of 31-9 at Landis Field.

* The Rams have a record of 76 wins-17 losses since Speed Ebersole Weight Room opened in 2010.

* The last time the Rams lost a season opener was 2007.

* CLICK HERE to view an overview of the Rams football team.

Bonus Videos:

Overview of prep for Week #0 vs Susquehanna Twp

Look at Susquehanna Twp, Week #0 opponent

CD kicker spotlighted, Week #0 vs Susquehanna Twp