Sisko delivers as Falcons advance
LOWER POTTSGROVE » Pottsgrove quarterback Jay Sisko knew he owed something to his teammates.
A week removed from a forgettable loss against Perkiomen Valley in the Pioneer Athletic Conference championship game, the junior delivered.
Sisko ran for two touchdowns and threw another in leading the Falcons to a 33-8 win over Interboro in a first-round District 1 Class 4A game Friday night.
“Coming into tonight, I knew I owed the team something this week,” said Sisko, who was intercepted on three of his five passing attempts last week against Perkiomen Valley. “Last week was a rough week, but we’ve moved on from it. We had to move on from the loss. We’re in districts. It’s a whole new season; a new beginning.”
Now, the top-seeded Falcons (10-1 overall) will shift focus to next week as they look to defend their district title against the winner of Saturday’s matchup between No. 2 Pope John Paul II and No. 3 Upper Perkiomen. In turn, fourth-seeded Interboro (5-6 overall) saw its district run ended at the hands of Pottsgrove for the second straight season.
Pottsgrove’s standout running back Rahsul Faison was bottled up early on by his own standards — held to just 63 yards rushing on 12 carries in the first half as the Buccaneer defense had a constant swarm in the Pottsgrove backfield. The senior Stony Brook commit would get his, though, racking up a game-high 189 yards with a pair of touchdowns on the night.
“He’s a good player, he was really tough for our defense to contain,” Interboro coach Steve Lennox said of Faison. “We had it going well in the first (half), but they wore us down in the second half.”
“That was definitely the most physical game that we’ve played all year,” Faison said. “They were getting right through early on,
but we made some adjustments and got it moving in the second half.”
Pottsgrove’s option attack on offense kept the Interboro defense honest all game as Sisko was a threat to tuck it away and run with Faison in tow. Sisko racked up 120 yards rushing — including a 49yard scamper up the middle on Pottsgrove’s second play from scrimmage — and posed a constant threat with his arm. He completed three of his six pass attempts for 63 yards, including a 49-yard touchdown strike to Bailey Delp late in the second half.
“Jay Sisko’s a competitor,” Falcons coach Rick Pennypacker said. “He had a rough game last week, but it was good to see him bounce back with a great game tonight. He worked hard for us in practice all week and he deserved a game like this.”
Interboro’s ground game gave Pottsgrove fits early on. The Buccaneers’ ground attack featured plenty of deceiving counters, reverses and draws, an approach Lennox said has been their driving point all season.
“We don’t have the burst-away speed, so we have to try and keep people off-balance,” Lennox said. “It’s worked pretty well for us this season.”
Running back Andrew Grieb had 43 yards rushing on eight carries while fullback Joe Forte rushed it for 18 yards. Quarterback Jared Dellipriscolli finished with 82 yards passing, inflated by a 59yard touchdown catch and run by Brett McLaughlin during the first quarter.
Interboro running back Andrew Grieb directs his blockers on a run around end Friday night against Pottsgrove. The Bucs went down in the Class 4A playoff game 33-8.