ROYERSFORD — For Spring-Ford head coach Chad Brubaker, a 49-7 victory over visiting Pottstown didn't offer the silver lining that the score may have indicated.
For the fourth-year head coach, going forward became his mantra post game as he saw parts that needed to be adjusted and schemes that needed to shored up before the Rams head off into district play next Friday.
"We were just trying to execute (tonight),' Brubaker said. "We learned some things on what we need to do going forward.'
Jarred Jones — who Brubaker had called "white-out' the week before due to his play-making ability that can masquerade missed assignments on the O-line — ran for a game-high 135 yards on 11 carries and, at times, looked to be unstoppable as he carried Trojans defenders with him on nearly every carry.
"You have to give their offensive line credit (for Jones' performance), "Pottstown first-year head coach Don Grinstead said. "He's a heck of a back. He's one of those guys that can make all the cuts, do a bunch of a different stuff.'
For Brubaker, however, despite the 348 yards of total offense put forth in the 42-point win, there was room for improvement. "Our offensive line did a decent job,' Brubaker said. "There were a couple of plays where there was some leakage. We've got to correct that going forward.'
For Grinstead — he saw the silver lining in the score. The numbers on the scoreboard meant nothing. Facing adversity all season while suiting up only 23 players for Friday's game, Grinstead was ecstatic about the team's performance.
"I'm so proud of these kids. I can't even look at the scoreboard I'm so proud ... I'll go to any game with that 23-24 kids. I just love them. They've been through a lot, we just move on. We're going to move on from this and get ready for this week.'
Similar to last week's victory over Owen J. Roberts, the Rams' defense was rattled a bit in the early going. Following Jake Leahy's 18-yard touchdown run and a Zac DeMedio interception on the Rams next possession, the Trojans submitted their highlight of the night as Denzel Harvey, who was working against man-to-man coverage, broke free of his defender and hauled in a strike from Gary Wise. With full momentum going forward, Harvey broke a would-be tackler before sprinting to the end zone for the 42-yard touchdown, tying the game 7-7.
"I was disappointed in our first drive,' Brubaker said. "The turnover was disappointing, it wasn't the right read. They caught us in man coverage and picked a good matchup and they executed on that. The kid (Harvey) made a nice move down the field.'
"Everyone of one of them came out and practiced hard,' Grinstead said of the Trojans. "They came out and played hard. We gave them everything we had for the first quarter.'
After the first quarter it was all Rams.
Spring-Ford struck for four second-quarter touchdowns, highlighted by a Brandon Barone 48-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the second quarter. Barone, who was trying to get to the left edge, received a bone-crunching block from Connor Crawford allowing him to sprint down the field in front of his elated home crowd.
"Connor Crawford — he'll be on the awards board this week,' Brubaker said.
With a running clock in the third quarter, the Rams struck again midway through the frame as Leahy scampered for a 30-yard touchdown run — their sixth touchdown in six possessions since the second-drive interception. Their defense kept up the blistering pace from the end of the first, holding the Trojans to 26 yards of total offense in the half.
"We're going to build off what we did in the first quarter, what we did in practice this past week. I think it's going to carry us next week. We're playing a good team in Great Valley and it's a good opportunity for us to keep getting better,' Grinstead said.
For Brubaker and Spring-Ford, it's all about going forward.
"Everyone (in districts) is going to be good going forward,' Brubaker said. "We can't allow those lapses going forward.'
Spring-Ford honored the life of Brian Clarke, as his parents were made honorary captains for the coin toss. Clarke was struck while riding his bicycle on Township Line Road in July 2012. In honor of Clarke, the Rams played their first play from scrimmage with 10 players. Spring-Ford utilized two quarterbacks in the game as Matt Daywalt and DeMedio both saw a significant number of snaps. Brubaker said that "he wanted to get both quarterbacks as much playing time as possible.' DeMedio finished the game 7-for-15 for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Daywalt had one touchdown on 1-for-3 passing and also ran for two touchdowns. Pottstown's Wise was 4-for-9 for 54 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Pottstown 7 0 0 0 - 7
Spring-Ford 14 28 7 0 - 49
SF- Leahy 23 run (Gulati kick)
PT- Harvey 42 pass from Wise (Keefer kick)
SF- Daywalt 9 run (Gulati kick)
SF- Daywalt 4 run (Gulati kick)
SF- Barone 48 punt return (Gulati kick)
SF- Davis 9 pass from Daywalt (Gulati kick)
SF- Freeman 6 pass from DeMedio (Gulati kick)
SF- Leahy 30 run (Gulati kick)
First Downs 2 22
Rushing yards 35 231
Passing yards 54 117
Total yards 89 348
Passes C-A-I 4-9-1 9-21-1
Fumbles-Lost 2-1 3-0
Penalties-Yards 2-14 4-30
Punts-Avg. 6-153 0-0
Pottstown: Harvey 5-15; Tinson, 3-14; B. Wise, 6-11; G. Wise, 7--5.
Spring-Ford: Jones, 11-135; Leahy, 4-45 2TDs; Fennimore, 8-28; Daywalt, 3-15; Scarcelle, 3-9; Rice, 2-7; DeMedio, 2--8.
Pottstown: G. Wise, 4-9-54 TD, INT.
Spring-Ford: DeMedio 7-15-103 2TD, INT; Daywalt, 1-3-9 TD: Scarcelle 1-3-5.
Pottstown: Harvey, 2-45 TD; harles, 1-5; Tinson, 1-4.
Spring-Ford: Davis, 2-36 TD; Freeman, 2-7 TD; Leahy, 1-23 TD; Hopkins, 1-18; Jones, 1-16; Barone, 1-12; Dibello, 1-5.
Interceptions: PT- Harvey; SF- Jones.