LOWER POTTSGROVE — Marquis Barefield and the rest of the Pottsgrove Falcons took care of the football business at hand Friday night during their Homecoming game against Phoenixville.
Barefield touched the ball on offense just seven times. But he rambled for 201 yards and five touchdowns with efficient work following his linemen and other blockers to the end zone. He and the rest of the starters played just the first half as the Falcons held a 45-point lead at the break, and Pottsgrove did not want to risk any injuries with a first-place showdown game on the road against Perkiomen Valley next Friday evening in Graterford.
Pottsgrove ended the night with a 52-14 Pioneer Athletic Conference victory over the Phantoms to extend its record to 7-0 in the PAC-10 and 8-0 overall. Phoenixville is now 3-3 in league play and 3-5 overall.
Barefield, a 5-8, 150-pound senior, scored on touchdown jaunts of 11, 91, 21, 26 and 38 yards. Overall, the Falcons netted 367 yards rushing and eight touchdowns on 36 attempts while throwing just two incomplete passes in the contest.
"We just wanted to try to get better,' said Pottsgrove coach Rick Pennypacker. "It has been a tough three or four weeks ever since we beat Spring-Ford. Everyone has been pointing to our game against Perkiomen Valley. I have not mentioned Perkiomen Valley. Now we can focus on Perkiomen Valley.'
Pottsgrove, which led 18-0 by the end of the opening quarter, scored on its first possession. The Falcons moved 80 yards in five plays with Barefield darting around the right side for an 11-yard TD run at the 6:49 mark and a 6-0 lead.
"Barefield, he's good, he's quick,' said Pennypacker. "He doesn't know how good he can be.'
The Falcons also got touchdown runs from Sene Polamalu, Orrin Toomer and Tyrell Barr in the victory. Jon Klinger kicked three extra points and Garrett Bleakley had one point after. Quarterback Riley Michaels directed the Falcons' attack.
Phoenixville got a 2-yard scoring run from Justin McDougal in the third quarter and an 11-yard TD run by Matt Raniszewski that capped the scoring in the fourth period. Alex Wertman booted a pair of extra points.
Sophomore Matt Palubinsky had an active night running the football for the Phantoms with 57 yards on 15 carries while doubling at linebacker on defense. McDougal finished with 30 yards on nine tries.
The Falcons' defense limited the Phantoms to 191 yards of total offense with 96 on the ground and 95 through the air.
Tyrone Parker intercepted a pass off a deflection for Pottsgrove, and Tommy Sephakis recorded a sack. Zach Gallow had a sack for the Phantoms.
Phoenixville used Donnie Jackson as the starting quarterback in place of the injured Kyle Karkoska. Jackson completed four of 11 passes for 95 yards. Nasir Green had one reception for 41 yards, McDougal one for 32, Kyle Bennick one for 16 and Gallow, also a tight end, one for six yards.
"We will have to play our best game to beat PV,' said Pennypacker. "We will see what happens.
"We challenged our offensive line this week because they didn't play real well last week. We have to play better and keep working. That is all we can do.'
Even in defeat, Phoenixville coach Bill Furlong lauded the play of his sophomore running back.
"Palubinsky, he's working hard,' said Furlong. "He is getting better. He gives 100 percent every day. He makes mistakes, but even when he makes mistakes, he gives 100 percent. He goes hard on every play. He is playing both ways. He is starting both ways as a sophomore.
"We have a lot of young kids who are putting in a lot of effort. Ian Brown is another one at defensive back. Our offensive line is working hard, but we have some things to fix. We are working some things out, but we are still making some mistakes. We have to keep getting better and make a consistent effort.'
Dana Landes was named Pottsgrove's Homecoming Queen with Chase Weikel serving as her escort. ... Nose guard Nico Demetrio helped lead the Falcons' defense along with linemen Patrick Finn, Max Wickward and Anthony Pond. ... Raniszewski made a touchdown-saving tackle for the Phantoms on a long punt return by Devon Fink in the first quarter. D.J. Brock and Gallow also had some big stops for Phoenixville.
Phoenixville 0 0 7 7 — 14
Pottsgrove 18 27 0 7 — 52
Pg-Barefield 11 run (kick failed)
Pg-Polamalu 4 run (run failed)
Pg-Barefield 91 run (run failed)
Pg-Barefield 21 run (Klinger kick)
Pg-Barefield 26 run (run failed)
Pg-Toomer 5 run (Klinger kick)
Pg-Barefield 38 run (Klinger kick)
Px-McDougal 2 run (Wertman kick)
Pg-Barr 25 run (Bleakley kick)
Px-Raniszewski 11 run (Wertman kick)
First Downs 7 15
Rushing yards 96 367
Passing yards 95 0
Total yards 191 367
Passes C-A-I 4-11-1 0-2-0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 5-30 1-1
Punts-Avg. 5-34 1-22
Phoenixville: Palubinsky 15-57, McDougal 9-30, 1 TD; Raniszewski 2-17, 1 TD; Obando 2-4, Thomas 1-(-4), Jackson 2-(-8).
Pottsgrove: Barefield 7-201, 5 TDs; Barr 7-55, 1 TD; Fink 7-39, Toomer 5-37, 1 TD; Polamalu 3-18, 1 TD; Michaels 2-18, Sciarretta 2-6; Doctor 2-1, Verdone 1-(-2).
Phoenixville: Jackson 4-11-95, 1 INT.
Pottsgrove: Michaels 0-2-0.
Phoenixville: Green 1-41, McDougal 1-32, Bennick 1-16, Gallow 1-6.
Sacks: Phoenixville—Gallow. Pottsgrove—Sephakis