Potts­grove rolls to vic­tory

Fai­son rushes for 237 yards, four touch­downs in 54-7 win over Phoenixville as Fal­cons im­prove to 8-0

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Tucker Ba­gley For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

Rah­sul Fai­son got up slowly af­ter a hard hit in the first quar­ter and fa­vored his left arm. The se­nior run­ning back had al­ready ac­cu­mu­lated 85 rush­ing yards, but Potts­grove’s side­line grew silent as the play­ers awaited the fate of their star.

“I was hop­ing it wasn’t any­thing too se­ri­ous,” Potts­grove quar­ter­back Jay Sisko said. “I was hop­ing he’d be out there for the next se­ries, which he was.”

Luck­ily for the Fal­cons, Fai­son quickly re­turned and he didn’t look like he was worse for the wear, fin­ish­ing the night with 237 yards and four touch­downs on just 15 car­ries be­fore re­tir­ing early in the third quar­ter in Potts­grove’s 53-7 vic­tory over the Phoenixville Phan­toms.

“We al­ways have dif­fer­ent peo­ple step up in a num­ber of ways,” Sisko ex­plained. “From the line, all the way to the backs, we’re at least two-guys deep at ev­ery po­si­tion.”

Sisko and Fai­son led the way, but eight dif­fer­ent play­ers recorded a carry for Potts­grove. Sisko com­pleted all four of his passes for 67 yards and a touch­down, while adding 40 yards and a touch­down on the ground.

“We wanted to be more bal­anced this week,” Pen­ny­packer ex­plained. “I thought Sisko did a tremen­dous job. We added some more pack­ages this week and there are some more things we can do that we’re hold­ing out for the play­offs.”

Potts­grove jumped out to a 21-0 lead in the first quar­ter and led 40-7 by half­time. An 81-yard touch­down run by Fai­son and a 67-yard touch­down run by Kobey Bald­win rounded out the scor­ing for the Fal­cons.

Play­ing with­out their start­ing quar­ter­back, Con­nor Pata­nia, Phoenixville em­ployed a dual-quar­ter­back of­fense, us­ing both Josh Fa­bien and Alex Wash­ing­ton. The pair com­pleted just two passes for 22 yards, but Wash­ing­ton achieved some suc­cess on the ground, rush­ing for 113 yards on 18 car­ries.

“We wanted to put a wild­cat pack­age in,” Phoenixville coach Evan Breis­blatt said. “Alex is a great run­ner and a great ath­lete and we thought he could han­dle the role.”

Potts­grove’s de­fense han­dled Phoenixville for much of the game, al­low­ing zero of­fen­sive points. The Phan­toms’ lone touch­down came on a 93--

Sisko and Fai­son led the way, but eight dif­fer­ent play­ers recorded a carry for Potts­grove.

yard kick­off re­turn by Bob Strunk. In ad­di­tion to al­low­ing only 172 to­tal yards, Potts­grove forced Phoenixville into four turnovers.

“We want to force the ball out, we prac­tice that,” Pen­ny­packer said. “That’s not some­thing we leave by chance. We prac­tice pick­ing up fum­bles and all of that.”

On the fi­nal play of the game, Phoenixville put in Quinn Hoff­man at quar­ter­back and the sopho­more de­liv­ered a strike for seven yards as time ex­pired.

“He’s a great kid,” Breis­blatt said af­ter the game. “He’s per­fect on the sea­son, he loves run­ning the hitch and he came in there and com­pleted it like a true cham­pion.”

With Fri­day’s win, Potts­grove is now 8-0 on the sea­son. For a pro­gram that has such a sto­ried his­tory, even Pen­ny­packer ad­mits this team is some­thing spe­cial.

“I love this team, I love the kids, I love the way they play the game,” Pen­ny­packer gushed. “I think our coaches do a great job. This is a very good foot­ball team. They’re a spe­cial group, and this be­ing my last year coach­ing, they are a spe­cial group to me.”

Potts­grove’s Rah­sul Fai­son takes a carry around the edge Fri­day against Phoenixville. (Barry Taglieber - For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia)

Phoenixville’s An­thony Steven­son goes high as the ball falls just out of reach as Potts­grove’s Ji­mai Spring­field de­fends in the end zone at the end of the first half Fri­day. (Barry Taglieber - For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia)


Potts­grove quar­ter­back Jay Sisko rolls out of the pocket Fri­day against Phoenixville.

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