From the first day of warm-up practice on Aug. 8 until the last Lancaster-Lebanon League football team is still standing later this fall, we’ll bring you three LL League Network facts on a daily basis for to keep you informed. about what’s going on around the league …
Making section by section predictions for the upcoming LL League 2022 football season
Here is your first look at LL League Section 1 soccer for the upcoming 2022 season
Here’s your first look at LL League Section 2 football for the upcoming 2022 season
Here is your first look at LL League Section 3 soccer for the upcoming 2022 season
Here is your first look at LL League Section 4 soccer for the upcoming 2022 season
Here’s your first look at LL League Section 5 soccer for the upcoming 2022 season
Continuation of week 1 preparation:
1. A 3 game pack of travel trophies right out of the dugout on Friday, and that’s always a fun thing to do. Solanco visits Lampeter-Strasburg in the annual Milk Jug game, while Daniel Boone will welcome Exeter for the Pig Iron Bowl and Kutztown will host Fleetwood in the Hall of Fame game.. Throw in all the records when the Golden Mules and Pioneers, Blazers and Eagles and The Cougars and Tigers drop the gloves. … The Trophy Milk Jug — it’s an actual milk jug, right off a farm in south Lanco and painted blue and white on one side for LS and black and yellow on the other for Solanco — currently resides in Lampeter. LS leads the streak with a 9-3 record, including last year’s 28-14 victory over LS, which will host again this season at the start of a new 2-year scheduling cycle. Keep an eye on the QB spot on Friday; Solanco returns to the field Brody Mellinger to run the triple option, while LS will roll out a new buzzer this season. The battle of the camp appeared Hunter Hildenbrand AND Trent Wagner. The Pioneers will be looking for some positive momentum heading into a tough Section 4 contest. Meanwhile, Solanco expects to make a lot of noise in Section 3, so there’s a lot riding on it — including the Milk Jug trophy — in this opener. … Daniel Boone and Exeter have squared off on the gridiron since 1960, and in 1966 they began playing for the Pig Iron travel trophy. Blazers and Eagles did not play last year due to issues with COVID-19, ending a 61-game hitting streak. But the rivals are back for the first week, this time on a non-league tilt, as DB prepares for life in Section 3, and Exeter, the reigning D3-5A champion, opens the defense of that crown as it prepares for Section 2 competition . The Eagles lead the Blazers 37-18-1 in the Pig Iron Bowl series. There should be plenty of fireworks on Friday in Birdsboro. Do not lose it. … Last but not least is the Hall of Fame game against Fleetwood in Kutztown on Friday. The Tigers lead that streak 7-1. Coincidentally, the Cougars’ 21-20 upset of Fleetwood in 2009 was Kutztown’s last win in a Berks League Section 2 tilt, some 12 years ago. … More on all the Berks County rivalry games here. … There’s no trophy up for grabs, but Columbia and Eastern York will square off Friday in the River Rivalry. These school districts are separated by the venerable Wrightsville Bridge, which spans the Susquehanna River. That rivalry game got a lot more interesting this offseason when Kyle offer, who led the Crimson Tide to the Section 4 title and the D3-2A semifinals last year, withdrew to take the practice opener at — ta-da — East York. Kyle will bring his Golden Knights to Columbia on Friday. Circle it.
PIG IRON Trophy! pic.twitter.com/FXe0xYhvd4
— ExeterTwp PA FB (@ExeterTwpFB) August 22, 2022
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2. It’s a good thing Hempfield is set to return three key D-backs this season; securities Braydon Felsinger AND Brian Williams and cover-corner Gabe BenjaminMore will be tested right out of the gates on Friday when the Black Knights travel to York County to face Dallastown. Wildcats feature WR Kenny Johnson, who is committed to Pitt. The tailback hauled in 46 catches for 852 yards — 18.5 yards per catch — with seven TD receptions last fall, and he’s back to terrorize opposing secondaries. Dallastown also features a returning QB Owen Strouse — who completed 66 percent of his throws last fall for 606 yards and seven TD throws while sharing signal-caller duties — and RB Caleb Fox, who rushed for 556 yards with five TD runs last season. We expect big things from Hempfield’s D, including the vet secondary trio of Felsinger-Williams-Benjamin. All eyes on that group on Friday, when the Knights try to limit Mr. Johnson.
For Hempfield’s Aidan Shorter, plenty of motivation heading into his senior football season
3. Due to some ongoing construction projects at the athletic complex, North Lebanon will now play a road game in Week 1; The Vikings flipped places with Pine Grove, so the Cardinals will host the NL on Friday. Both teams had some holes to plug this offseason; The Vikings needed to revamp their O-line and find some D-guards, while Pine Grove needed to settle on a full-time QB. She looks like Mason Kroh, who took some snaps last year — 24-for-63 for 335 yards with 2 TD throws against 9 picks — will take over those duties. He was PG’s leading receiver last fall, with 24 catches for 332 yards with three TD interceptions. Cardinals will also return RB Garrett Lehman, who ran for 520 yards with four TD runs last fall when PG went 1-9, including a 13-7 setback in Week 1 vs. the NL. The Cardinals’ lone win was a win over Shenandoah Valley, and they’ll snap a 6-game skid heading into Friday’s game against an NL team looking to make back-to-back trips to the D3 playoffs. Several new starters sprinkled in on both sides of the ball for the Vikes and only one returning starter up front Jared Ecenroad. But QB Grady Stichler returns, and he’ll have enough capable back kids available to get the NL’s O going.
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