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Spring-Ford takes on OJR in PAC Lib­erty clash

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - SPORTS - By Kev Hunter khunter@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @khunter10 on Twit­ter

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.”

AUSTIN HERTZOG — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Spring-Ford quar­ter­back Ryan En­gro runs for a first down on a keeper against Boyertown last Fri­day.

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