Sisko de­liv­ers as Fal­cons ad­vance

The Community Connection - - SPORTS - By Thomas Nash

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.

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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.

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