Wig­gins, Pottstown edge Phoenixville, 14-8

Tro­jans QB runs for 136 yards, 2 TDs

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Barry Sankey

PHOENIXVILLE >> Pottstown’s game plan was to use a heavy dose of ju­nior quar­ter­back Josiah Wig­gins run­ning the foot­ball against Phoenixville. The plan worked.

Wig­gins ram­bled for 136 yards and both Tro­jan touch­downs in a 14-8 vic­tory over the Phan­toms in a Pioneer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Fron­tier Divi­sion game at Wash­ing­ton Field Fri­day night.

Wig­gins, a 5-6, 160-pounder who dou­bles at de­fen­sive back, scored on runs of 8 and 1 yard, and the Pottstown de­fense took care of con­tain­ing Phoenixville most of the even­ing to pro­duce the vic­tory.

The Tro­jans’ de­fen­sive stand in­cluded stuff­ing the Phan­toms on a fourth-and-goal play from the Pottstown 3-yard line in the fi­nal sec­onds of the game.

“What a fin­ish,” said Pottstown coach Mark Fis­cher. “You never know ex­actly how games are go­ing to end. That’s an ex­cit­ing fin­ish.

“It’s a con­fi­dence thing. We held them all night. That was one of the things we preached about all week.”

In do­ing so, the Tro­jans raised their record to 4-2 over­all and 1-1 in the PAC.

Phoenixville, which got a 19-yard scor­ing run from Alex Wash­ing­ton in the first quar­ter and then a thirdquar­ter safety, fell to 2-4 over­all and 0-2 in the PAC.

As coach Don Grin­stead pointed out, Fri­day’s loss was a con­tin­u­a­tion of mis­takes made in re­cent weeks that have cost Phoenixville sig­nif­i­cantly in the fi­nal out­come of games.

Pottstown got an­other big game on de­fense from se­nior Ne­hemiah Figueroa, who booted both place­ments, as well as ju­nior Jon Ois­ter to lead the way.

But of­fen­sively, they turned to Wig­gins.

“We de­cided to feed him the ball more than ever,” said Fis­cher. “He is our work­horse. We felt he matched up well against their de­fense.”

Grin­stead knew about the Wig­gins fam­ily from when he coached at Pottstown.

“He is a good player,” said Grin­stead. “They have one guy and they used him. He was in mid­dle school when I was there. I coached his brother. Good fam­ily, good kid.”

But from a Phoenixville stand­point, it was sim­ply too many mis­takes to over­come.

“It was the whole first half,” he said. “Ev­ery time we made a good play it came back. We haven’t caught our­selves. It has hap­pened for three weeks and we have to fix it. The kids have been through a lot and they have a fear of suc­cess.”

Phoenixville started to find its pass­ing game in the sec­ond half with quar­ter­back Connor Pata­nia find­ing Jack Pi­zor and Wash­ing­ton for some big com­ple­tions. But they just couldn’t break off the big play when they needed it most.

BARRY TAGLIEBER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Phoenixville’s Alex Wash­ing­ton breaks for a long gain as Pottstown’s Dereck Dar­den can along get grab his towel.

BARRY TAGLIEBER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Pottstown’s Josiah Wig­gins runs for a long gain as Phoenixville’s Daniel Gray pur­sues.

BARRY TAGLIEBER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Phoenixville quar­ter­back Connor Pata­nia rears back to throw as Pottstown’s Jon Ois­ter tries to make the sack.

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