Tro­jans fall in home­com­ing game

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Thomas Nash tnash@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Thomas_Nash10 on Twit­ter

POTTSTOWN » If you were look­ing for a sta­tis­ti­cal show­down between two high-fly­ing of­fen­sive pow­ers, then Fri­day night’s matchup between Pottstown and Up­per Me­rion sim­ply wasn’t for you.

How­ever, if you were look­ing for a game that pit­ted two teams play­ing like each had noth­ing to lose, then un­der the lights at Grigg Memo­rial Sta­dium was the place for you.

Up­per Me­rion picked up its first win of the sea­son — and the first for head coach Vic­tor Brown — with a 27-6 win over Pottstown in a matchup between two bot­tom-dwellers of the Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s Fron­tier Di­vi­sion.

“It’s great for us to fi­nally get this team win,” said Brown. “It seemed like for once our of­fense and de­fense — we were able to click and feed off each other. The kids thrived tonight. They rose to ev­ery chal­lenge we gave them.”

Af­ter al­low­ing the Tro­jans (0-4 Fron­tier, 1-6 over­all) to march it down field on the open­ing drive, the Vik­ings set­tled in and set­tled down the rest of the way. Up­per Me­rion (1-3 PAC Fron­tier, 1-7 over­all) rat­tled off 27 unan­swered points while vir­tu­ally dom­i­nat­ing both sides of the field on their way to the win.

The Vik­ings racked up 261 yards of to­tal of­fense while lim­it­ing Pottstown to just 167 on the night. Run­ning back Dave Brown had a big part in that. The se­nior racked up 100 yards and a pair of touch­downs on 11 car­ries, in­clud­ing 55 yards to­tal capped by a 6-yard touch­down on the open­ing drive of the third quar­ter to give his team a 20-6 lead three min­utes into the sec­ond half.

“I fol­lowed right be­hind the line, they led me right to the end zone,” said Dave Brown. “It’s great to fi­nally come out with a win. All week, we talked about how we’d had enough. We didn’t want to lose any more. We came out and showed that we were ready to win.”

Mix­ing in a steady dosage of Brown, tail­back Taiyan Lob­ban and quar­ter­back An­thony Swenda, the Vik­ings con­trolled the ball and the clock most of the way.

Swenda was ef­fi­cient be­hind cen­ter. The sopho­more kept it for 76 yards rush­ing and also con­verted a third­down 25-yard scor­ing pass to Ah­mad Stone in the third quar­ter for his lone com­ple­tion on the night. Lob­ban rushed it 18 times for 51 yards.

“We had a very good week of prepa­ra­tion,” said Vic­tor Brown. “This was prob­a­bly the best week of prac­tice we’ve had — I know of­fen­sively, for sure. On Tuesday, we had a very good of­fen­sive prac­tice and we did some new things de­fen­sively. We built up to this all week.”

Pottstown head coach Mark Fis­cher was equally im­pressed with his team’s prac­tice dur­ing the week lead­ing up. Un­for­tu­nately, though, it didn’t trans­late out on to the field Fri­day night.

“This is not at all what we were ex­pect­ing,” said Fis­cher. “We had a good week of prac­tice, we did a lot of good things lead­ing up. We’ve got to be bet­ter.”

The Tro­jans turned it over twice dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter — a fum­bled kick­off re­turn fol­lowed by an in­ter­cep­tion forced by Lob­ban — which gave Up­per Me­rion all the ad­van­tage it would need to take con­trol.

Quar­ter­back Owen Mor­ton was a work­horse for the Tro­jans. The se­nior car­ried it for 66 yards and also con­nected on a 13-yard touch­down pass to Ja­mal Adams in the open­ing quar­ter. Adams wound up with three re­cep­tions for 47 yards while run­ning back Josiah Wig­gins had 32 rush­ing yards on eight car­ries.

“We kept try­ing to get back to what we do well, our bread and but­ter,” added Fis­cher. “We had a cou­ple long runs which set some things up for us of­fen­sively. We’ve just got to take ad­van­tage in those sit­u­a­tions.”

Things get no eas­ier for Pottstown as they hit the fi­nal stretch of the sea­son. Loom­ing next is Fri­day’s matchup against Up­per Perkiomen (2-1, 4-3) while Up­per Me­rion faces Phoenixville (1-3, 1-7) next week.


Pottstown’s Josiah Wig­gins dives to slow down Up­per Me­rion’s Ty Lob­ban on a carry Fri­day.

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