Methacton crushes Phoenixville in PAC 10 finale
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The Warriors ended that skid with a 48-14 victory over the Phantoms to close out its league schedule at 6-3 for fourth place in the PAC10 (6-4 oYerDOO) wLWh D JDPe remaining Saturday against Norristown. Phoenixville fell to 4-4 in league action (4-6 oYerDOO).
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The Warriors built a comfortable 35-7 halftime cushion to win in convincing fashion.
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Walcott also rushed for 92 yards on seven tries, including a 20-yard TD scamper.
Overall, Methacton garnered 362 yards rushing and 86 more yards passing to end the day with 448 yards of to- tal offense.
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The offensive line led the way for the backs. Those linemen included junior right tackle Ryan Hoehl, junior right guard Jake Keim, junior center Justin Bossard, senior left guard Brett DeGemmis (6-1, 240) and junior left tackle Luke Miller.
Lepre was particularly impressed with the Warriors’ running attack.
“The way we moved the ball on the ground,” said Lepre. “Michael Cassidy gives you that push. He is a tremendous high school fullback, but we have an upand-coming offensive line.”
The Warriors also got solid work from their defensive line of senior Lucas Hepp (61, 245), junior Bido Gouda, senior Tajar Ferradji, Keim, DeGemmis and sophomore Gil Price. Price and Dillon Feaster, another sophomore, had sacks for Methacton while Alderfer intercepted a pass. Gouda recovered a fumble as the Warriors came up with a pair of turnovers.
The linebacker corps consists of seniors Devin Bradley, Nick Torcini and Cassidy.