(All games at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
PHOENIXVILLE (0-1) AT SPRING-FORD (0-1)
Last week: Phoenixville lost to Great Valley 54-0; Spring-Ford fell to State College 34-20.
About the Phantoms: Opened season in nightmarish fashion with a minus-four turnover ratio while managing just 126 yards of total offense last week. ... Sophomore DE Matt Branch blocked a field goal attempt. .. "We need to clean up our mistakes and penalties,' first-year Phoenixville coach Evan Breisblatt said. "Whatever could have gone wrong did, it just snowballed out there. We did do some things well, and that was our focus on Monday. It's a new week and we have some goals we would like to obtain.'
About the Rams: Saw senior QB Brandon Leacraft throw for 237 yards and three TDs — including an 80-yard scoring strike to Brandon Barone on the first play of the second half to take the lead before State College scored the game's final 17 points last week. ... S Zach Hare collected a team-best eight tackles and DT Brendan Zimmie had a sack, while C Zach Smiley and OL/DL Zach Dorsey turned in solid efforts, according to coach Chad Brubaker. ... "We have to work to eliminate the mental mistakes that we made,' Brubaker said. "We had a disappointing end to a great experience, but we have to move on.
Notable: Phoenixville holds a 28-26-5 edge in series that was previously played on Thanksgiving; Spring-Ford won last year's encounter 39-0. ... Phoenixville is trying to snap an 11-quarter scoreless streak dating back to a 21-10 loss to Quakertown in Week 11 of last season.
POPE JOHN PAUL II (0-1) AT POTTSGROVE (0-1)
Last week: Pope John Paul II fell to Bishop McDevitt 33-14; Pottsgrove lost to Ben Franklin 41-7.
About the Golden Panthers: Saw 7-6 halftime advantage dissipate due largely to two turnovers and two botched punts last week. ... Junior QB Matt Duff completed 16 of 32 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns, but was sacked 10 times. ... Junior WR/DB Jared Lupold recorded 10 receptions for 124 yards and one score, while Tyler Nugent, Joe Kelly, and Nick Yerger played well on defense, according to first-year coach Rory Graver. "We played well for three quarters,' Graver said. "For us to be successful we need to play a complete game and limit our mistakes. Our offense needs to become more consistent sustaining drives and putting points on the board.'
About the Falcons: Two-time defending PAC-10 champions have won a record 23 straight league games. ... Were tied 7-7 in second quarter last week before Class AAAA Ben Franklin reeled off 34 unanswered points. ... QB Torin Verdone's 9-yard TD run was lone score. Junior Deyon Doctor replaced Verdone late in the second quarter and went 5-for-9 for 39 yards. ... LB Wyatt Porter had five tackles and a sack. ... "We learned that we have a lot of work to do and that our kids need to learn how to play varsity football,' Pottsgrove coach Rick Pennypacker said. "We played a very good team and were not prepared for them.'
Notable: Pottsgrove has won all four meetings, including the past two by identical 53-14 scores. ... Falcons coming off their worst defeat since a 47-0 loss to crosstown rival Pottstown in the 2002 season.
BOYERTOWN (0-1) AT UPPER PERKIOMEN (0-1)
Last week: Boyertown lost to Exeter 28-0; Upper Perkiomen fell 38-0 to Quakertown.
About the Bears: Could manage just 85 yards of total offense last week, while defense allowed 291 rushing yards. Sophomore Evan Giannetti came off the bench to replace junior Lawrence Garnett at QB and threw for 96 yards. ... Were shut out for first time since Week 7 of 2012 season.
About the Indians: Found it tough sledding in Week 1 in being limited to 80 total yards (eight on the ground). ... Top rushing threat Mike Felix left with shoulder injury late in first quarter and didn't return. He is questionable for this week, according to first-year coach Tom Hontz. ... Got steady play from QB Zeke Hallman, solid up front effort from Mitch Fretz and positive returns from injury from lineman Mahlon Schaffer and fullback Somky Akponuno, according to Hontz. ... "This is going to be a long process,' Hontz said. "Obviously, we need to improve in all facets of the game from coaching, to the basic fundamentals, to overall execution.'
Notable: Boyertown holds a 37-16-3 advantage in the series after last year's 61-19 victory. ... Bears have won the past four meetings since falling 24-17 to the Tribe in 2009.
OWEN J. ROBERTS (0-1) AT DANIEL BOONE (0-1)
Last week: Owen J. Roberts fell to Conestoga 26-13; Daniel Boone lost to Cocalico 32-14.
About the Wildcats: Hung tough for three and a half quarters last week before Conestoga scored the game's final 13 points. ... Junior tailback Khalil Spriggs rushed for 80 yards and one touchdown. ... "Our coaching staff was impressed in how the team had a lot of players playing hard for four quarters,' OJR coach Tom Barr said. "The team did not quit.'
About the Blazers: Were within 18-14 in the third quarter before Cocalico scored the final 14 points last week. Allowed 302 rushing yards. ... Cinque Ramsey ran for a team-high 66 yards. ... Darius Hinton collected a sack as defense forced four turnovers, while offense committed three.
Notable: Second meeting of the series; Boone came away with a 35-7 win last year. ... "My biggest concern is not playing as well as we did in the Conestoga game,' Barr said. "Daniel Boone's defensive front is quick.'
CARSON LONG (0-0) AT PERKIOMEN SCHOOL (0-0), 4 P.M.
About the Warriors: Coming off a 1-10 campaign. ... Compete in All-American Conference; went 0-4 last year. ... Key players for coach Mike Pray are QB John Proia, WR Anfernee Brice, WR Nazir Johnson, RB Tajamier Smith, WR/CB Ryan Estep and NT Demar Watson. ... 1-49 over past five seasons.
About the Panthers: Returning starters for coach Tom Calvario are RB/DE Tom Aaron, TE/DE Moritz Schellenberg, OL/DL Isiah Armstrong, TE/DE Ja'Ren Hampton, OL/DL Quinn Kasner, K/P Kristian Olsen, OL/LB Dan Serraoli, and QB/DB Josh Cruz. ... "The keys for us will be getting off the ball, controlling the ball, not turning the ball over and playing our best,' Calvario said. "On defense we need to rally to the ball on every play and force them to turn the ball over on downs or punt. They are a school that we match up with.'
Notable: Perkiomen School has a roster of 29 players. ... Located in New Bloomfield and founded in 1836, Carson Long is the oldest private military school in the United States.
PERKIOMEN VALLEY (0-1) AT METHACTON (0-1), 11 A.M.
Last week: Perkiomen Valley lost to Council Rock North 29-27; Methacton fell to Bayard Rustin 41-18.
About the Vikings: Saw furious comeback bid from 22-point halftime deficit stall in red zone in closing seconds last week. ... Got 112 rushing yards and one TD from sophomore RB David Williams, 193 passing yards and three TDs from sophomore QB Stephen Sturm and six catches for 58 yards from sophomore WR Justin Jaworski. ... Senior LB Brett Capobianco had 10 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and one recovery, while Williams and Ronnie Arch had interceptions and Ryan Light notched a sack.
About the Warriors: Showed a balanced offense last week, with senior QB Conner Derrickson passing for 117 yards and one TD and rushing for 52 yards and another score. ... Senior RB Louis Cotteta accounted for 122 combined rushing/receiving yards and two TDs. ... Defense allowed 352 yards on the ground. ... "Defensively we have to find a way to stop the run,' Methacton coach Paul Lepre said. "PV continues to have good players at the skill positions and they seem to be a little bit bigger up front this year. The fact that they keep kids fresh on both sides of the ball is tough for us because our situation with numbers this year has many of our guys playing 48 minutes. Hopefully we're up to the test.'
Notable: Perkiomen Valley has won all six meetings of the PAC-10 series, including a 44-7 victory last year, though Methacton still leads the overall series 18-10-2.
CHICHESTER (1-0) AT POTTSTOWN (0-1)
Last week: Chichester beat Lower Merion 18-7; Pottstown lost to Sun Valley 34-14.
About the Eagles: Compete in the Del-Val League. ... Went 5-7 last year after compiling a 7-41 mark over the previous four seasons. ... RB Kevin Miller rushed for 127 yards and one TD and also intercepted a pass last week. ... Colin McAllister led defensive front that held Lower Merion to minus-9 rushing yards and combined with trenchmates John Barlow and Ray Drulik to notch two sacks, two forced fumbles and one recovery.
About the Trojans: Got a combined 233 rushing yards from QB Gary Wise and RB Bryant Wise, but committed three turnovers and allowed big plays at inopportune times in opener. ... Alex Humma had a sack, Nate Parsons recovered a fumble, and S Brandon Tinson and DL Ernest McCalvin delivered some big hits on defense. ... "We will have to be disciplined on defense,' Pottstown coach Don Grinstead said. "Chichester presents some problems because of how athletic they are, so we will have to play assignment football. Offensively we must protect the football. You cannot win games if you turn the ball over. Our kids are excited about another opportunity to get better this week.'
— Compiled by Darryl Grumling