WEEK 9 PREVIEW CAPSULES
METHACTON (4-4) AT POTTSTOWN (1-7)
PAC-10 records: Methacton 4-3; Pottstown 1-5.
Last week: Methacton defeated Owen J. Roberts 57-0; Pottstown beat Upper Perkiomen 28-14.
Warriors facts/figures: Are averaging 52.3 points for their four wins and 6.8 points in their four losses. ... Got a season-high 107 yards and one rushing TD, as well as two TD receptions, from FB Mike Cassidy last week. QB Conner Derrickson threw for 175 yards three TDs while also rushing for 100 yards and another score. ... CB Akeem Walcott leads area with five interceptions. ... Defense led by linebackers Nick Torcini, Devin Bradley and Cassidy allowed a season-low 79 total yards last week and forced four turnovers.
Trojans facts/figures: Snapped seven-game losing skid last week as first-year coach Don Grinstead picked up his first win. ... QB Gary Wise ran for 80 yards and two TDs, while Dayon Mohler and Brant Wise also contributed to rushing attack that generated a season-high 263 yards. ... Mohler, who collected his first interception last week, and lineman Jalonte Lighty have been big keys of late, according to Grinstead. ... "Methacton provides a great challenge with their scheme and skill guys,' Grinstead said. "Their FB (Cassidy) is a tough kid who runs hard, and then they have a QB (Derrickson) who can break the big run if you don't account for him. They are also extremely tough on defense and rally to the ball as well as anyone.'
Notable: Methacton has won all five contests in the series, taking last year's game 45-28. ... "Pottstown's team speed concerns me,' Methacton coach Paul Lepre said. "We need to make them earn scores and not give up the big play.'
POPE JOHN PAUL II (1-7) AT BOYERTOWN (5-3)
PAC-10 records: Pope John Paul II 1-6; Boyertown 4-3.
Last week: Pope John Paul II lost to Spring-Ford 47-0; Boyertown fell to Perkiomen Valley 48-6.
Golden Panthers facts/figures: Have been shutout in back-to-back weeks, managing only a combined 147 yards over those two games. ... Trying to snap five-game losing streak dating back to lone win, 24-0 over Pottstown in Week 3. ... Johnnie Bildstein had three catches last week, marking the fifth time he's notched at least three receptions in a game this year. ... OL Joe Byron and WR/LB John Bacchi are out with knee injuries.
Bears facts/figures: Saw three-game losing streak halted last week. ... Workhorse RB Cody Richmond has racked up at least 20 carries in all but one game, and leads the area with 1,101 rushing yards (and 211 attempts). ... QB Griffin Pasik has thrown for a combined 670 yards over the last three weeks, while rushing for 276 yards during that span. ... MLB Anthony Borzillo turning in solid performances in recent games, according to coach Mark Scisly. ... "Bildstein, (Nick) Howarth and (Kirk) Cherneskie are their three best players,' Scisly said of PJP. "We must stop them on offense and block them on defense.'
Notable: Boyertown won last year's meeting 28-21 to take 2-1 edge in series. ... "Their no-huddle offense is clicking very well,' PJP coach Mike Santillo said of the Bears. "We need to force three-and-outs and keep our offense on the field with long sustained drives. Their QB (Pasik) is playing as well as any QB in the league at managing the game and not making many mistakes.'
POTTSGROVE (8-0) AT PERKIOMEN VALLEY (7-1)
PAC-10 records: Pottsgrove 7-0; Perkiomen Valley 6-1.
Last week: Pottsgrove defeated Phoenixville 52-14; Perkiomen Valley beat Boyertown 48-6.
Falcons/Vikings facts/figures: See story, C1.
Notable: Pottsgrove leads the series 21-6, and has won the past five meeting, including last year's 42-28 thriller.
SPRING-FORD (6-2) AT OWEN J. ROBERTS (1-7)
PAC-10 records: Spring-Ford 5-1; Owen J. Roberts 1-5.
Last week: Spring-Ford defeated Pope John Paul II 47-0; Owen J. Roberts lost to Methacton 57-0.
Rams facts/figures: Got sacks from Jake Leahy and Mason Romano and interceptions from Danny Matthews and Brady Allerton last week in posting second shutout in three games and third of the season. ... RB Jarred Jones averaging a gaudy area-best 10.0 yards per carry after putting up a 199-yard, four-TD effort and topping the 1,000-yard mark for the season. ... Coach Chad Brubaker lauded the play of Leahy at linebacker.
Wildcats facts/figures: Were limited to a season-low 79 total yards last week. ... Defense got a sack from Bill Scherfel and fumble recovery by Dylan Wisen but allowed more than 400 yards for the fifth time this season. ... Kyle Hinrichs has caught at least one pass in every game this season, and has 17 receptions on the year.
Notable: Spring-Ford, which won last year's meeting 33-6, leads the PAC-10 series 14-11, with OJR having a 30-23-4 advantage in the overall series. ... "Our offensive line is showing signs of shoring up and jelling,' Brubaker said. "Our main concern is continuing to progress and get better.'
UPPER PERKIOMEN (1-7) AT PHOENIXVILLE (3-5)
PAC-10 records: Upper Perkiomen 1-6; Phoenixville 3-3.
Last week: Upper Perkiomen lost to Pottstown 28-14; Phoenixville fell to Pottsgrove 52-14.
Indians facts/figures: RB Aidan Schaffer needs 65 yards to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the second straight year. ... WR Travis Kline hauled in 10 receptions for 137 yards last week and shares the area lead in receptions (37) while leading the area in receiving yards 660. ... Seeking to snap four-game losing streak dating back to lone win, 37-14 over Pope John Paul II in Week 4.
Phantoms facts/figures: Have been hit hard by injuries in losing three straight after a 3-2 start. ... Getting improved play from the sophomore contingent of C Cory Bird, RB/LB Matt Palubinsky, S Ian Broan, NG Melvin Obando and LBs Mikey Vargo and Matt Raniszewski, according to coach Bill Furlong. ... Alex Wertman, a member of the school's District 1-AA qualifier girls soccer team, hit two extra points last week and has converted five for the season. ... Justin McDougal and Raniszewski had rushing TDs last week.
Notable: Phoenixville leads series 16-11, having taken last year's encounter 49-20.
DANIEL BOONE (3-5) AT MUHLENBERG (6-2)
Berks Section 1 records: Daniel Boone 2-3; Muhlenberg 3-2.
Last week: Daniel Boone defeated Reading High 17-6; Muhlenberg lost to Conrad Weiser 17-6.
Blazers facts/figures: Have won twice in last three weeks since 1-4 start. ... Defense led by LB Jon Passifione (three sacks) and DE Darius Hinton has allowed an average of just 135.3 total yards over the past three weeks. ... Passifione and Kyle Myers had sacks last week, with Xavier Smith collecting his first interception of the year. ... Myers is 74 rushing yards shy of 1,000 for the season. ... Took charge of last week's game as the offensive line of Tyler McGrann, Jared Gaspari, Dylan Marquette, Jeremy Bartman and Connor Johnson paving the way for an 18-play, 98-yard drive that coach Bill Parks called "the drive of the season.'
Muhls facts/figures: Have lost 2-of-3 since 5-0 start. ... Defense is ranked first in league in total yards allowed per game (184.1), and has pitched three shutouts and allowed an average of 10.5 points per game. ... Top offensive threats are RB Ben Ortiz (1,015 rushing yards, 16 TDs), QB Antonieo Dominguez (56-for-102, 965 yards, seven TD passes, one INT), and WR Elias Quinter (25 receptions, 409 yards, four TDs). ... Plus-8 turnover ratio, with 16 takeaways.
Notable: Muhlenberg leads the series 35-10-3, including a 52-19 win last year.
BLAIR ACADEMY (3-2) AT HILL SCHOOL (0-5), 3 P.M.
MAPL records: Blair Academy 2-0; Hill School 0-2.
Last week: Blair Academy defeated Mercersburg Academy 31-14; Hill School lost to Hun School 41-0.
Bucs facts/figures: Losses were to Haverford School (13-12) and Germantown Academy (31-0). ... Anterio Bateman ran for 144 yards and one touchdown and Quashae Hendryx rushed for 101 yards and two TDs in a 23-8 win over Hun School in MAPL opener two weeks ago. ... Scored final 24 points of game last week in rallying from 14-7 second-quarter hole.
Rams facts/figures: WR Grant Smith had nine catches for 81 yards last week and shares the area lead in receptions at 37, three shy of Adam Regensburg's school single-season record. ... Bryce Allen collected his team-high third interception of the season last week. ... QB Matt Foltz leads area with an average of 220.8 passing yards per game, while Trey Humes leads squad with 231 rushing yards. ... LB Zach Sheehan is out with a season-ending knee injury, while WR Richie Tabarrini is out with a wrist injury and could miss the rest of the season, according to coach Grey Simpson.
Notable: Hill School leads the series 36-26-1, though Blair won 34-6 last year. ... "Our goal over the last three weeks of the season is to put together an entire 48-minute football game,' Simpson said. "There have been moments in every game thus far where we dominated the action but could not finish off drives because we made self-inflicted mistakes that hurt ourselves or turned the ball over. We will need to be nearly perfect this week if we expect to beat Blair.'
— Compiled by DARRYL GRUMLING