Methac­ton crushes Phoenixville in PAC 10 fi­nale

The Colonial - - OPINION - By Barry Sankey

Methac­ton had its sights set on its best foot­ball sea­son yeW VLnFe MoLnLnJ Whe 3Loneer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence un­der the guid­ance of coach Paul Lepre.

The War­riors com­pleted their 2013 PAC-10 sea­son Satur­day af­ter­noon with a Se­nior Day home game against Phoenixville, a team Methac­ton had never beaten VLnFe MoLnLnJ Whe FLrFuLW.

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).

“It was Se­nior Day and it LV Whe firVW WLPe we’Ye EeDWen Phoenixville since we came into the PAC-10,” said se­nior full­back/line­backer/ punter Mike Cas­sidy, a bruis­ing 6-1, 225-pounder. “We DOVo wDnW Wo finLVh wLWh our best record un­der coach Lepre.”

CDVVLGy finLVheG Whe GDy with 109 yards rush­ing on 14 car­ries, in­clud­ing a 10yDrG EurVW Ior Whe firVW WouFhGown oI Whe GDy Ln Whe firVW quar­ter. Cas­sidy also helped an­chor a de­fense that lim­ited the Phan­toms to 74 net yards rush­ing and 184 yards of to­tal of­fense on the day.

The War­riors built a com­fort­able 35-7 half­time cush­ion to win in con­vinc­ing fash­ion.

Ju­nior quar­ter­back Con­ner Der­rick­son com­pleted four passes, and three of them wenW Ior WouFhGownV. He hLW .yOe /ow­ery Ior D SDLr of scores, cov­er­ing 51 and 10 yards, and had another scor­ing toss of 21 yards to MunLor run­nLnJ EDFN ANeeP Wal­cott.

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.

“It’s great,” said Cas­sidy. “We run the power up the mid­dle. Our line kept push­ing and push­ing. And When when Whey (3hDnWoPV) moved up in the box, we were able to take a shot with a cou­ple big pass plays and run out­side. Ev­ery­one ex­pects the run up the mid­dle so then we are able to get (DLOOon) AOGerIer, ANeeP DnG .yOe (/ow­ery) JoLnJ Ior those type of plays.”

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.

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