After open­ers, area teams gear for Week 2

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - SPORTS - By DEN­NIS C. WAY

ABING­TON AT PLY­MOUTH WHITEMARSH Fri­day, 7 p.m., Ply­mouth Whitemarsh High School

Records: Abing­ton is 1-0 after de­feat­ing North­east High, 35-34. Ply­mouth Whitemarsh is 0-1 after los­ing to Soud­er­ton, 21-14.

Last Year’s Game: Abing­ton won, 34-12.

The Skinny: The Ghosts scored on the game’s fi­nal play to rally past North­east in their opener while the Colo­nials never led in their dis­ap­point­ing loss to vis­it­ing Soud­er­ton.

This week, PW’s de­fense gets another stern test as the Ghosts fea­ture RB Juaw­ine Sow­ell, who car­ried 44 times for 238 yards last week, while QB David Kretschman has a pair of ca­pa­ble re­ceivers in sopho­more George Reid and last week­end’s hero, Jor­dan Neely.

The Colo­nials need a bet­ter pass­ing game in Week Two, although RB An­dre Robin­son gave the team some qual­ity yards in re­lief of Nafeese Nasir a week ago. NOR­RIS­TOWN AT WIS­SAHICKON Fri­day, 7 p.m., Wis­sahickon High School

Records: Nor­ris­town is 1-0 after de­feat­ing Up­per Me­rion, 27-6. Wis­sahickon is 1-0 after de­feat­ing Cen­tral, 47-6.

Last Year’s Game: Wis­sahickon won, 30-14.

The Skinny: See Side­line In­sider. ARCH­BISHOP CAR­ROLL AT UP­PER MORE­LAND Fri­day, 7 p.m., Up­per More­land High School

Records: Arch­bishop Car­roll is 0-1 after los­ing to Con­well-Egan, 46-21. Up­per More­land is 1-0 after de­feat­ing Pen­ncrest, 30-12.

Last Year’s Game: Did not play.

The Skinny: Last week, the Golden Bears took a highly re­garded Pen­ncrest team be­hind the wood­shed for a thrash­ing as speed­ster Tyler Whit­more scorched the Lions for 234 rush­ing yards and four touch­downs as part of the Bears’ 311yard ground at­tack.

That’s not ex­actly the footage Car­roll head coach Joe Powel wanted to be watch­ing this week when he popped the UM game disc into the DVD player, es­pe­cially after C-E’s Joe Rug­giero piled up 265 yards on the ground against the young Pa­tri­ots last week. But chas­ing Whit­more this week may wind up pay­ing div­i­dends down the line.

Mean­while, the Pats would like to ex­e­cute some ball con­trol of their own, which could mean a ton of touches for RB Jay Smi­ley (11 car­ries, 70 yards last week).

OCTORARA AT UP­PER ME­RION Fri­day, 7 p.m., Up­per Me­rion Mid­dle School

Records: Octorara is 0-1 af­ter­los­ing­toFleet­wood, 42-31. Up­per Me­rion is 0-1 after los­ing to Nor­ris­town, 27-6.

Last Year’s Game: Up­per Me­rion won, 34-14.

The Skinny: The Braves took one on the chin in their opener, although they were pleased with their re­fusal to give up late in the game.

QB Alex Gooden (5-for12, 111 yds. last week) and RB Corey Cooper are the two key ground gain­ers, although Up­per Me­rion must take ad­van­tage of a de­fense that al­lowed 365 yards in the opener.

UM will be look­ing for more from QB Isa­iah Gra­ham-Mob­ley, who rushed for 80 yards last week but was just 5-for-23 through the air. PHOENIXVILLE AT SPRING-FORD Fri­day, 7 p.m. at Spring- F o r d High School

Records: Phoenixville is 0-1 after los­ing to Great Val­ley, 54-0. Spring-Ford is 0-1 after los­ing to State Col­lege, 34-20.

Last Year’s Game: Spring-Ford won, 39-0.

The Skinny: The Rams, who fea­tured 11 new starters on de­fense from one sea­son ago, were burned by that in­ex­pe­ri­ence to the tune of 454 yards at State Col­lege last week.

But while Spring-Ford is lick­ing it wounds, con­sider the Phan­toms, who al­lowed 47 first-half points last week, while gain­ing just 145 yards of­fen­sively.

In de­feat, Rams QB Bran­don Leacraft threw for 241 yards and two scores while WR Bran­den Barone had 127 re­ceiv­ing yards. POPE JOHN PAUL II AT POTTSGROVE Fri­day, 7 p.m., Pottsgrove High School

Records: Pope John Paul II is 0-1 after los­ing toBishop McDe­vitt, 33-14. Pottsgrove is 0-1 after los­ing to Ben­jamin Franklin, 41-7.

Last Year’s Game: Pottsgrove won, 53-14.

The Skinny: The host Fal­cons, fresh off the type of one-sided past­ings they’re ac­cus­tomed to hand­ing out, look to ex­tend their Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence win­ning streak to 24 against the Golden Pan­thers, who were done in by a bad third quar­ter in their opener.

The Fal­cons opened newly chris­tened Rick Pen­ny­packer Field (named after their head coach) in the worst way pos­si­ble, get­ting thumped by an ex­pe­ri­enced Elec­trons team while strug­gling of­fen­sively.

PJP, mean­while, played well against McDe­vitt, but were done in by a turnoverand-penalty-plagued third quar­ter. QB Matt Duff and WR Jared Johns-Lupold, who com­bined on 10 pass plays, look like a solid pitch-catch tan­dem. UP­PER DUBLIN AT

TRU­MAN Fri­day, 7 p.m., Harry S Tru­man High School

Records: Up­per Dublin is 1-0 after de­feat­ing Co­conut Creek, 36-28. Tru­man is 1-0 after de­feat­ing Ben­salem, 40-13.

Last Year’s Game: Up­per Dublin won, 21-7.

The Skinny: All sun­tanned and giddy from their suc­cess­ful ex­cur­sion to Dis­ney World a week ago, the Car­di­nals re­turn north after their “Cin­derella” fin­ish to the rel­a­tively “Frozen” north know­ing they’ll need a “Her­cules”-type ef­fort to sub­due the “Tig­gers” of Tru­man. Be­fore this gets too “Goofy,” suf­fice to day Up­per Dublin will not be in “Won­der­land” Fri­day night if it’s not pre­pared to han­dle a Tru­man of­fense that got 118 rush­ing yards, 61 pass­ing yards and a com­bined four touch­downs last week from QB Mark Lopez-She­f­cyk and 111 rush­ing yards from full­back Trys­ten Hunt.

Mean­while, Ryan Stover’s var­sity ca­reer as UD’s start­ing quar­ter­back got off to a rous­ing start as the ju­nior sig­nal-caller passed for 208 yards in his de­but while RB John Lee



NORTH PENN Fri­day, 7:30 p.m., North Penn High School

Records: West Catholic is 1-0 after de­feat­ing Haver­ford School, 24-19. North Penn is 0-1 after los­ing to La Salle, 29-7.

Last Year’s Game: Did not play.

TheSkinny: TheKnights took it tough in their an­nual opener against La Salle, and this week get another Philadel­phia Catholic League power in the Burrs, who needed to rally to win their opener at the shore against the Haver­ford School.

West’s pri­mary weapon over its re­cent run of suc­cess is its team speed, and the Burrs have it to “Burrn” with the pitch-catch tan­dem of QB Ant­wain McCol­lum (110 rush yards, 157 pass in Week One) and re­ceiver Ahkil Crump­ton (five catches, 87 yds.) PERKIOMEN VAL­LEY AT METHAC­TON Satur­day, 1 p.m., Methac­ton High School

Records: Perkiomen Val­ley is 0-1 after los­ing to Coun­cil Rock North, 29-27. Methac­ton is 0-1 after los­ing to Ba­yard Rustin, 41-18.

Last Year’s Game: Perkiomen Val­ley won, 44-7.

The Skinny: Some­how, the Bat­tle Axe trophy al­ways was more fun when Thanks­giv­ing din­ner was the dessert, but that doesn’t make the contest any less in­tense.

Both sides came out of Week One with a loss, but the same could be said of the en­tire Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence , which went a mind-bog­gling 0-10 in their col­lec­tive open­ers.

Perk Val­ley ral­lied from a 22-0 deficit to almost shock CR North in the dy­ing mo­ments. But per­haps some­thing more im­pres­sive than the rally was the Vik­ings trio that nearly led them back - run­ning back David Wil­liams, quar­ter­back Stephen Sturm and re­ceiver Justin Ja­worski - all sopho­mores.

Methac­ton, in its loss to Rustin, al­lowed 370 rush­ing yards. But of­fen­sively, the War­riors got 116 pass­ing yards and another 65 rush­ing from QB Con­ner Der­rick­son.


Satur­day, 7 p.m., Spring­field High School

Records: Lans­dale Catholic is 0-1 after los­ing to Si­mon Gratz, 27-17. Spring­field is 1-0 after de­feat­ing Lower More­land, 48-13.

Last Year’s Game: Did not play.

The Skinny: The Spar­tans have de­signs on the D-1 Class AA play­offs and beyond, and showed off their tal­ent level by smack­ing around Lower More­land, do­ing so with back-up QB Bren­dan Doyle, who is filling in for ex­pected starter Chris Stone (torn menis­cus). Doyle was so rat­tled by his first start that he rushed for 141 yards and four scores and went 3-for-3 through the air for 81 yards and two more scores.

Mean­while, the Cru­saders took it tough in their opener, although Marlen Fen­ster­ma­cher (69 yards) and Ryan Quigley (66) com­bined to rush for 135 yards.

LA SALLE AT BER­GEN CATHOLIC Satur­day, 4:30 p.m., at Over­peck Park

Records: La Salle is 1-0 after de­feat­ing North Penn, 29-7. Ber­gen Catholic is play­ing its sea­son opener.

Last Year’s Game: Did not play.

The Skinny: Hot off their con­vinc­ing win over North Penn a week ago, the Ex­plor­ers travel to Jersey to meet the peren­ni­ally pow­er­ful Cru­saders, who were any­thing but pow­er­ful a sea­son ago when they fin­ished 2-7 and missed the post­sea­son for the first time in 25 years.

That’s not ex­pected to hap­pen this year as the team has plenty of weapons, in­clud­ing ju­nior QB Jar­rett Guar­an­taro, re­ceiver­sCorey Gaarn and Gene Cole­man and run­ning backs Jelani Ray Garvin and Corey Russo (717 rush­ing yds., 10 TDs last year).

De­fen­sively, D-End Con­nor O’Brien had seven sacks a year ago.

Mean­while, Ex­plor­ers QB Kyle Shur­mur lived up to his pre­sea­son first-team, All-State rank­ing with 345 pass­ing yards and four TDs in the win over North Penn - all be­hind an of­fen­sive line that fea­tures just two se­niors. PREP CHAR­TER AT GER­MAN­TOWN

ACADEMY Satur­day, 1:30 p.m., Ger­man­town Academy

Records: Prep Char­ter is 1-0 after de­feat­ing Car­di­nal O’Hara, 26-19. Ger­man­town Academy is 0-1 after los­ing to Bishop Shana­han, 14-6.

Last Year’s Game: Did not play.

The Skinny: After a 6-4 sea­son a year ago, there was op­ti­mism in Fort Wash­ing­ton head­ing into this year.

That’s not to say the young Pats were out­classed in Week One. In fact, con­sid­er­ing they were deal­ing with a re­turn­ing dis­trict qual­i­fier, they did bet­ter than some an­tic­i­pated.

This week the young’uns face a stiffer test in the Huskies, who did in Car­di­nal O’Hara a week ago after stop­ping the Lions’ two-point con­ver­sion at­tempt in the clos­ing min­utes, then scor­ing them­selves to seal the win.

QB Vian Dolo rushed for 104 yards, threw for 51more and ac­counted for a pair of touch­downs in the win, while RB Qaudir Strothers rushed for 137 yards.

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