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PREVIEW: Bishop McDevitt vs. Harrisburg (PA)

August 28, 2013

HARRISBURG, PA – Want to see a couple of Pennsylvania’s best running backs? Well, that’s what you’re going to get when the Bishop McDevitt Crusaders and the Harrisburg Cougars open the season on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. (EST) at Bishop McDevitt’s brand-new stadium. Over 10,000 fans are expected to attend the game, which is part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.

The Crusaders, coached by Jeff Weachter and coming off a 14-1 season in which they lost in the Class AAA semifinals, feature not only one of the best backs in the state but one of the best in the entire country, as junior Andre Robinson has already received offers from Boston College, Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Virginia Tech. He rushed for over 1,000 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. Fellow back, senior Rashad Lawson, also ran for over 1,000 yards and added 12 touchdowns.

On the other side, the Calvin Everett-coached Cougars, 11-3 last season with a loss in the second-round of the Class AAAA playoffs, are led by senior Robert Martin, a Rutgers recruit who ran for over 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. Fellow senior Darian Davis-Ray added 435 yards on the ground and seven TDs.

McDevitt won last season’s meeting 21-20 after Harrisburg missed an extra point late in the game. McDevitt leads the all-time series 19-14, having won five straight meetings.

The rivalry was formerly called the “Battle of the ‘Burg” as the two schools were within walking distance on Market Street. But that has changed since McDevitt’s move to a new school this year.

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