Methacton senior fullback/linebacker Mike Cassidy, Spring-Ford manager Jordon Giraldi and the Perkiomen Valley football team were honored by the Norristown Chapter of the Pennsylvania Football Officials Association Thursday night at the organization's annual awards banquet at the Holy Savior Club in Norristown.

Cassidy received the Art Andrey Scholarship Award — $1,000 to assist an individual with his/her financial obligations in attending college.

Giraldi received the Walter Gould Award — presented to an individual who works unselfishly, and without compensation, to assist their school or local youth league.

And Perkiomen Valley was presented with the Silver Whistle Award — given to the school for its handling of game-day functions, ranging from the treatment of officials to the behavior of its players, coaches and fans.

The 6-1, 220-pound Cassidy (who was named a Mini Max Award winner earlier in the week) rushed for a team-best 736 yards and contributed 12 total touchdowns to help the Warriors (7-4) enjoy their winningest campaign since 2000.

Giraldi, a 2013 Spring-Ford grad, was featured earlier this fall on NBC-10's "High School Football Blitz.'


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Perkiomen Valley (10-2) is facing North Penn (9-3) Friday in a District 1-AAAA semifinal. The Vikings' victory total matches the 1998 squad for their best since joining the PAC-10 in 1986.

 

COACHING CHANGES

Upper Perkiomen and Hill School will have different head coaches next season.

Steve Moyer has resigned as Indians coach, according to Upper Perkiomen athletic director Steve Perlstein, who added that the position began to be officially posted Wednesday. Perlstein said he is hopeful a candidate can be recommended to the school board by the January or February meeting.

Though the Tribe went just 1-9 this year (1-7 in PAC-10 play), they did feature two of the PAC-10's most prolific offensive talents in running back Aidan Schaffer (1,051 yards, 14 touchdowns) and wide receiver Travis Kline (46 receptions, 855 yards).

Simpson and Hill School athletic director Seth Eilberg both confirmed Simpson will not be returning as Rams coach, though Simpson will continue as the school's girls basketball coach. Eilberg said details of the position and application process will be posted on the Hill School website (www.thehill.org) in the coming weeks.

The Rams went 1-7 this year (1-4 in Mid-Atlantic Prep League play), but like Upper Perkiomen boasted two of the area's top offensive standouts in wide receiver Grant Smith (66 catches, 1,078 yards) and quarterback Matt Foltz (1,864 passing yards).

 

PIAA POTPOURRI

Easton's 31-0 victory over East Stroudsburg South was the 800th in program history. ... Steel-High will be gunning for its 10th district championship Saturday, when the Rollers take on York Catholic in the District 3-A final. ... Lancaster-Lebanon League kingpins Manheim Central and Cocalico will square off in a District 3-AAA semifinal Friday. The Barons are seeking their 58th all-time playoff victory. ... Wilson (12-0) and Pittsburgh Central Catholic (12-0) are the lone remaining Class AAAA unbeatens. The Bulldogs face Lower Dauphin (11-1) in a District 3-AAAA semifinal, while the Vikings face Woodland Hills (10-2) for the WPIAL (District 7) championship Saturday at Heinz Field.

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