Spring-Ford takes on OJR in PAC Liberty clash
Spring-Ford is hoping for a bit of redemption this week while also trying to strengthen its footing in the playoff race, as the Rams travel to rival Owen J. Roberts Friday night for a Pioneer Athletic Conference Liberty Division contest. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Spring-Ford comes into this one 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the division while the Wildcats enter with a 5-2 mark overall and 2-1 in the Liberty.
Both squads hit Week Eight on a roll.
The Rams have put together four consecutive victories, including last week’s 66-31 rout of Boyertown. The Wildcats have won back-to-back games, including last week’s 25-12 win over Norristown.
The Rams would like to reverse the outcome of last year’s contest with the Wildcats. Owen J. Roberts shut out Spring-Ford 33-0 a season ago.
To do so, the Rams need to get continued production from their signal caller, Ryan Engro.
Engro threw for 358 yards last week, racking up six touchdown passes in a prolific performance. The Ram QB has thrown for 1,546 yards this season, along with 20 touchdown passes.
Spring-Ford’s defense, meanwhile, will aim to stop Wildcat running back Marcus Martin, who is coming off a 185-yard effort against Norristown a week ago. For the season, Martin has 878 yards on the ground.
It’s not only a matchup of two of the top teams in the Liberty Division, but also a contest between two District 1-6A Playoff hopefuls. The Rams are seventh in the district standings and right now the Wildcats would be 12th in the 16-team field.
After last week’s win over Boyertown, SpringFord’s focus quickly narrowed to Owen J. Roberts.
“Right now, it’s just OJR,” coach Chad Brubaker said. “We’re not looking ahead at all — we were embarrassed by them last year, and they scheduled us for Homecoming again. We’re going to go in there with a lot of fire.”
Said Engro: “Last year’s been bothering me a lot. Thirty-three to nothing last year against OJR — we’re definitely ready to get some revenge.”
Spring-Ford quarterback Ryan Engro runs for a first down on a keeper against Boyertown last Friday.