PENNSBURG — Although Spring-Ford's Jarred Jones didn't turn 17 until Saturday morning, he started celebrating early by scoring two touchdowns and passing 3,000 rushing yards on his career in a 47-0 romp over Upper Perkiomen Friday night.
"It felt really good to get back to our flow and put the foot down and get down to what we had to do,' Jones said.
Spring-Ford jumped out to a 40-0 lead by halftime through a mixed attack that featured Jones' bruising running and quarterback Brandon Leacraft's arm.
"We go out there, we set our tempo, we're trying to do our Spring-Ford thing, get back to our brand, move the ball on offense,' Jones said.
The senior running back needed just 20 yards on the ground to make it an even 3,000 for his career but picked up 69 on just eight touches Friday night.
He scored on 4-yard and 2-yard runs, the second of which an untouched scamper into the end zone.
"That Jones kid, he runs hard,' said Upper Perkiomen coach Steve Moyer. "And he makes cuts ... sometimes our kids, you would just see them whiff.'
Leacraft connected on 13 of his 19 passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns. He spread the ball around, hitting seven different receivers.
"I just like everybody to touch the ball so we feel like a team, not just one person,' said Leacraft. "I'm not picky. Everybody just needs to touch the ball.'
"Brandon has all the tools,' said Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker. "What he's been lacking is experience and confidence and we've been trying to work on that with him. He did a nice job of picking out, getting a pre-snap read, and then did a good job getting a post-snap read.'
Brandon Barone and Jon Traywick both caught touchdown passes and Gary Hopkins, the leading receiver with 73 yards, also had a scoring snag.
Leacraft took a few downfield shots Hopkins' way.
"It puts a smile on my face,' Leacraft said of seeing Hopkins open on a fly route.
The variety also extended to Spring-Ford's rushing attack, with seven different players rushing the ball.
"We always believe in being balanced and we know that if we feed the ball to Jarred (Jones), he's eventually going to break one,' said Brubaker. "What's nice is to see our kids tonight, they were happy for each other. A lot of different kids were able to score tonight and come up with big plays and our kids were happy for each other.'
"The fact that we have depth, if one of us needs a breather, we can get another tailback and do the same exact thing and get 10 yards, that's great,' Jones said. "We have so many threats, you don't know who's getting the ball, and anyone can take off just as someone else would.'
Jones was back in the lineup after being unavailable for last week's tough loss again Pottsgrove. He was also unavailable in the season opener against Whitpain, another Spring-Ford loss.
"It was just about making sure my team knows I'm there for them,' he said. "I told them I wasn't going to let it happen again.'
Upper Perkiomen started the game on offense attempting to use the Wildcat formation, captained by Aidan Schaffer. Things were moving until Randy Godshall fumbled around the Spring-Ford 37-yard line and the Rams recovered it.
"Then we played catch-up and catch-up is tough to do in the Wildcat,' Moyer said.
Spring-Ford's defense shut down Upper Perkiomen and forced them into a more traditional quarterback set with sophomore Jacob Breyer under center.
Breyer made some decent throws but finished 3-for-8 for 55 yards.
Travis Kline made a great catch near the sideline on a Breyer pass in the second half and almost made another, nearly identical, while double-teamed to bring the Indians to the red zone.
"He's like so many of our kids,' Moyer said of Kline. "He goes both ways and that makes it tough on a night like this.'
Other than that, the Spring-Ford defense essentially had the game on lockdown.
"We've been playing well defensively and we kept that up tonight with the shutout,' Brubaker said.
"We had a tough time matching up,' Moyer said, citing Spring-Ford's size and speed, especially.
Leacraft said it made him feel a bit more relaxed throwing the ball knowing there was a zero on the other team's portion of the scoreboard.
"It's great,' he said. "It doesn't put pressure on me or anything. I feel comfortable in the pocket.'
"We try to generate what we can,' Moyer said. "Early on, we tried to run the football just to see if we could keep the ball away from them. That was not to be well-lived.'
Jones will head into the next game with 3,049 career rushing yards.
He didn't know that until he was told after the game.
"Oh man, that's great. I had no idea,' Jones said, laughing and shaking his head. "The stats, I just let that go, try to play the game.'
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Upper Perkiomen 0
Spring-Ford 14 26 7 0 — 47
Upper Perkiomen 0 0 0 0 — 0
SF- Barone 12 pass from Leacraft (Hare kick) 1st 7:37
SF- Jones 4 rush (Hare kick) 1st 1:34
SF- Leahy 9 rush (kick missed) 2nd 10:19
SF- Traywick 8 pass from Leacraft (2 pt conversion Jones rush) 2nd 8:28
SF- Hopkins 60 pass from Leacraft (kick missed) 2nd 4:06
SF- Jones 2 rush (kick missed) 2nd 0:28
SF- Demedio 1 rush (Hare kick) 3rd 1:17
First Downs 25 7
Rushing yards 158 70
Passing yards 207 55
Total yards 365 125
Passes C-A-I 14-21-0 3-8-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 2-20 3-33
Punts-Avg. 1-40 4-22.5
Spring-Ford: Jones 8-69, 2 TDs; Demedio 6-47, TD; Daywalt 1-15; Leahy 2-10, TD; Leacraft 5-8; Furmesiter 2-5; Welsh 2-4.
Upper Perkiomen: Felix 13-133; Schaffer 14-25; Godshall 4-12; Breyer 4-0.
Spring-Ford: Leacraft 13-19-174, 3 TDs. Demedio 1-2-3.
Upper Perkiomen: Breyer 3-8-55.
Spring-Ford: Hopkins 3-73, TD; Freeman 3-54; Traywick 3-28, TD; Matthews 2-16; Jones 1-13; Barone 1-12, TD; Sink 1-11.
Upper Perkiomen: Kline 2-42; Pirri 1-13.
Sacks: Spring-Ford- Romano, Varner, Leahy.