WEEK 11 CAPSULES
DISTRICT 1-AAA QUARTERFINAL
PHOENIXVILLE (4-6) AT POTTSGROVE (10-0)
Last week: Phoenixville lost to Methacton 48-14; Pottsgrove defeated Boyertown 62-29.
Phantoms facts/figures: No. 8 seeds making third straight district tourney appearance; lost to Interboro 35-14 in last year's quarterfinal and beat Interboro 44-20 in 2011 quarters. ... LB Zack Gallow has a sack in each of past two games, while WR Mackensie Thomas has caught a TD pass in each of the past two games, including 75-yard halfback option score from Matt Palubinsky last week. ... Coach Bill Furlong is 70-61 over 11 seasons. ... Went 4-4 in PAC-10 play.
Falcons facts/figures: Top seeds seeking third district title in past five years; won tourney in 2009 and 2011 (beating Phoenixville 42-13 in title game). ... Went 9-0 in PAC-10 to close out second straight unbeaten regular season. ... RB Marquis Barefield coming off career-high 294-yard, four-TD effort in 62-29 victory over Boyertown. ... LB Tyrone Parker leads team with 5.5 sacks (second in area), while Barefield shares area lead with five interceptions. ... Coach Rick Pennypacker is 202-84-3 in 25 years at the helm. ... Two-way lineman Anthony Pond is expected back after missing last week's game due to a tricep injury. ... "This is the third time we have had to play a team twice in the same season and we never are comfortable doing it,' Pennypacker said. "We must get back to our basics and play good fundamental football.'
Notable: Pottsgrove won regular-season meeting 52-14 in Week 8, getting 201 yards and five TDs on just seven carries by Barefield. ... All-time series is tied at 25-25. ... Winner faces the winner of quarterfinal between fourth seed Academy Park and fifth seed Interboro in next week's semifinal. ... "We've got to control the things we can control,' Furlong said. "We need to line up at the right spots on defense, be disciplined in our assignments and wrap up and tackle.'
DISTRICT 1-AAAA OPENING ROUND
SPRING-FORD (8-2) AT DOWNINGTOWN WEST (8-2)
Last week: Spring-Ford defeated Pottstown 49-7; Downingtown West beat Coatesville 24-7.
Rams facts/figures: No. 12 seeds making third straight trip to districts; fell to Coatesville 60-28 in 2011 opener and beat Garnet Valley 43-27 in last year's first-rounder to ignite march to final. ... Have won 8-of-9 since season-opening 37-21 loss at Whitehall, the only blemish during that span being a 14-7 loss to unbeaten District 1-AAA top seed Pottsgrove. ... Fourth-year coach Chad Brubaker has gaudy 39-10 overall mark. ... RB Jarred Jones has rushed for a team-high 1,362 yards (third in the area) and sports area-bests of 20 rushing TDs and a 10.8 yards per carry average. He has 3,797 career rushing yards.
Whippets facts/figures: No. 5 seeds coming off 24-7 victory over defending 1-AAAA champ Coatesville to win the Ches-Mont National Division title. ... Defense held Red Raiders' high-powered attack to just 180 total yards, while QB Nick Pagel threw for 196 yards and two scores. ... Enter contest on seven-game winning streak since 1-2 start. ... Lost to Ridley 20-17 in last year's district opener.
Notable: Winner advances to quarterfinal meeting against victor of opener between fourth seed Neshaminy and 13th seed Unionville. ... "Downingtown West is very multiple, offensively,' Brubaker said. "They incorporate elements of Option, Wing-T, traditional '˜I,' and Spread into their approach. Defensively, they play fast every play with tough, strong kids. On film, they look like the most well-rounded team we have faced.'
PERKIOMEN VALLEY (8-2) AT BAYARD RUSTIN (10-0)
Last week: Perkiomen Valley defeated Upper Perkiomen 28-7; Rustin beat Octorara 60-20.
Vikings facts/figures: No. 15 seeds making first district tourney appearance since 2007, when PV fell to Glen Mills 36-26 in opener. ... QB Rasaan Stewart coming off season-high 257-yard, three-TD passing performance in 28-7 win over Upper Perkiomen. ... Stewart and Kurran Holland also collected interceptions last week, to increase the team's total to 11. ... RB Mark Bonomo has rushed for 364 yards and four TDs over past four weeks, including two 135-yard efforts. ... WR Clay Domine had season-bests of seven catches, 104 yards and two TDs last week. ... Coach Scott Reed is 63-48 over 10 seasons. ... Went 7-2 in PAC-10 play.
Golden Knights facts/figures: No. 2 seeds closed out regular season with 60-20 rout of Octorara last week, getting 169 yards on just 12 carries from feature back Terry Loper. ... Defense keyed by LB Sean Steinmetz has two shutouts and has held opposition to seven points or less on six different times. ... Defeated Methacton 14-6 in Week 1, the only victory that was by less than 13 points.
Notable: Victor meets winner of opener between No. 7 seed C.B. West and No. 10 seed Plymouth-Whitemarsh in next week's quarters. ... "Rustin happens to be the No. 2 seed for good reason,' Reed said. "They have a very good running back in Loper. We need to get first downs, get off the field on defense, and we can't afford to have turnovers or penalties.'
NORTHAMPTON (0-10) AT BOYERTOWN (6-4)
Last week: Northampton lost to East Stroudsburg South 41-20; Boyertown lost to Pottsgrove 62-29.
Konkrete Kids facts/figures: Have lost 17 straight games dating back to 35-6 win over Bethlehem Catholic in Week 4 of last year. ... Closest game this season was 40-28 loss to Liberty in Week 9. ... Defense is allowing 41.3 points per game.
Bears facts/figures: RB Cody Richmond coming off monster 46-carry, 268-yard, three-TD effort in 62-29 loss to Pottsgrove. He leads area in both carries (274) and rushing yards (1,470). ... No-huddle attack racked up 647 plays (a league record) and 3,713 total yards in PAC-10 games (second only to Perkiomen Valley's 3,840 last year). ... Got solid defensive efforts from both Richmond and CB Griffin Pasik (in his first defensive start).
Quotable: "Northampton plays in one of the best conferences (the Lehigh Valley Conference) in the state of Pennsylvania,' Boyertown coach Mark Scisly said. "They have size and speed and are a lot better than their record indicates.'
OWEN J. ROBERTS (2-8) UPPER MORELAND (3-7)
Last week: Owen J. Roberts defeated Pope John Paul II 26-14; Upper Moreland lost to Wissahickon 27-20.
Wildcats facts/figures: Have won twice in last four weeks after opening season 0-6. ... RB Wyatt Scott ran for a career-high 227 yards and four TDs last week to break the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season. ... DL Bill Dawson has four sacks over the past four games. ... Defense allowed a season-low 159 total yards last week.
Golden Bears facts/figures: Have lost four straight games. ... RB Tyler Whitmore rushed for 137 yards and two scores last week. ... Finished sixth in Suburban One League American Division with 2-5 mark. ... Wins were over Mastbaum (33-30), Upper Merion (55-34) and Norristown (21-20).
POTTSTOWN (1-9) AT GREAT VALLEY (7-3)
Last week: Pottstown lost to Spring-Ford 49-7; Great Valley defeated Kennett 33-7.
Trojans facts/figures: First-year coach Don Grinstead was an assistant at Great Valley before taking over at Pottstown this season. ... Denzel Harvey accounted for lone TD last week with a 42-yard TD reception from Gary Wise. ... WR John Charles, tied for second in league with 29 receptions, has been a consistent target all season, according to Grinstead.
Patriots facts/figures: Have gone 3-3 since 4-0 start. ... Went 4-2 in Ches-Mont League's American Division. ... QB Sean Fitzpatrick rushed for 90 yards and two TDs, RB Chris Temple collected 93 yards on the ground and DB River Johnson picked off three passes as the defense forced six turnovers last week. ... One win shy of becoming 10th team in program's 51-year history to notch at least eight wins.
Notable: Great Valley leads series 20-19, though Pottstown took last year's meeting 41-40. ... "Great Valley is a very well-coached team who plays fundamentally sound, physical football,' Grinstead said. "We will need to sustain drives on offense and try to limit big plays on defense.'
NORRISTOWN (0-10) AT METHACTON (6-4)
Last week: Norristown lost to Cheltenham 35-14; Methacton defeated Phoenixville 48-14.
Eagles facts/figures: Have lost 17 straight games since 27-20 win over Upper Merion in Week 4 of last year. ... Closest squad came to victory this year came in 21-20 Week 6 loss to Upper Moreland. ... Managed just 112 yards of total offense last week, including Rashon Lusane's 36-yard TD pass to Isiah Carter.
Warriors facts/figures: Win would clinch most successful campaign since 2000, when Methacton went 8-3. ... Four losses are to teams (Bayard Rustin, Perkiomen Valley, Pottsgrove and Spring-Ford) who are a combined 36-4. ... Have won 5-of-6 since 1-3 start. ... WR Kyle Lowery averaging 28.6 yards for his 14 receptions. ... LB Nick Torcini had nine tackles last week, while FB Mike Cassidy turned in his third straight 100-yard-plus rushing effort.
Notable: Norristown leads series 16-11-2, with Methacton winning last year 31-16. ... "Norristown has played very tough for portions of their games this year,' Methacton coach Paul Lepre said. "If they come out and play a complete game they will be tough. They are big up front on both sides of the ball and their skill people can run by you if they get a chance. We will have to have ball security on offense and defensively play fast and assignment football.'
HILL SCHOOL (1-6) AT LAWRENCEVILLE (4-3)
MAPL records: Hill School 1-3; Lawrenceville 2-2.
Last week: Hill School defeated Mercersburg Academy 28-26; Lawrenceville lost to Blair 24-14.
Rams facts/figures: Snapped seven-game losing streak last week thanks to a 14-for-21, 245-yard passing performance from QB Matt Foltz and seven catches for 170 yards from area receiving leader Grant Smith (57 catches, 965 yards). ... Smith had an interception and Brandt Beck recovered a fumble as Hill won turnover battle for the first time last week.
Big Red facts/figures: QB Randall West, a UMass recruit, is 79-for-129 for 1,416 yards and 15 touchdowns, but left last week's game in the first quarter after suffering what coach Danny O'Dea called a knee injury after a sack. ... WR Anthony Watkins has 33 receptions for 650 yards and seven TDs.
Notable: Lawrenceville leads series 62-38-10 after winning last year's contest 54-27. ... "Lawrenceville is always the biggest game of the season here at Hill.' Rams coach Grey Simpson said. "It should be an incredible high school QB matchup with Matt Foltz facing off against West. The one thing I know about this matchup is if (West) can walk out onto the field I expect to see him.'
— Compiled by DARRYL GRUMLING