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Friday, September 14, 2012

Match ups for Sept. 14

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. at Wissahickon High School
RECORDS: Morrisville is 1-1 after losing to New Hope-Solebury, 21-14. Lansdale Catholic is 2-0 after defeating Upper Merion, 38-14.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Did not play
OUTLOOK: The Bulldogs suffered one of the all-time heartbreaking losses a week ago. Down at the New Hope 1-yard line, in a tied game, with under a minute on the fourth-quarter clock, the Dogs wound up losing on a 91-yard interception return with 19 seconds left.
Can they bounce back against the Crusaders, who have stunned many with a 2-0 start? They certainly have the horses to do it, especially RB Jimmie Miller, who rushed for 171 yards and scored on a 95-yard kickoff return in the New Hope loss.
“They’re similar to us, in terms of roster size,” said LC head coach Tom Kirk. “They’re an aggressive team, they’re going to come right after you, and they have a lot of speed. They’re also bigger than us, but most teams are.”
LC QB Patrick Duggan is a sizzling 12-for-19 through the air for 215 yards after two games.

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. at Phoenixville High School
RECORDS: Methacton is 0-2, 0-1 after losing to Perkiomen Valley, 35-6. Phoenixville is 1-1, 0-0 after defeating Exeter Twp., 28-20.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Phoenixville won, 32-28.
OUTLOOK: The Warriors are off to a sluggish start, with an offense that is averaging just a little over 100 yards per game and a defense that has yielded just below 400 yards per start.
They’ll look to shore things up against the Phantoms, the returning District One Class AAA finalists, who present a productive offense headed by RBs Sean Hesser (11 carries, 118 yds.) and Ryan Yenchick (21 carries, 81 yds), tight end Ryan Pannella (5 catches, 148 yds.) and QB Chris Demey (10-for-14, 237 yds.).
Methacton QB Brandon Bossard, an Eastern Michigan recruit, is 16-for-40 through the air for 121 yards.

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. at War Memorial Field, Doylestown
RECORDS: Wissahickon is 1-1 after losing to Archbishop Ryan, 29-21. Central Bucks West is 2-0 after defeating William Tennent, 28-20.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Wissahickon won, 21-14.
OUTLOOK: The Bucks are 2-0, although they had to overcome a scare from William Tennent a week ago.
However, while the score was close, West put up impressive numbers, including 227 rushing yards by Sherrod Higginbotham and a combined 238 (135 passing) by QB Cody Riemenschneider.
The Bucks’ spread will present a challenge to the Trojans, although Wissahickon’s offense has been pretty potent behind the 1-2 punch of QB Randy Frankenfield (11-for -21, 239 yds., 98 rush yds.) and RB Dan Murphy (20 carries, 195 yds.).
The Trojans will also be up against the dreaded East-West mojo. The six schools in District One with either “East” or “West” in their names have gone a combined 11-1 through two weeks. (West Chester East, at 1-1, has dropped the only game).

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. at Central Bucks South High School
RECORDS: Norristown is 0-2 after losing to Central Bucks East, 20-15. Central Bucks South is 2-0 after defeating Council Rock North, 58-21.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Central Bucks South won, 49-9.
OUTLOOK: South handed it to the Eagles last year, and have the personnel to do it again.
Through two games the Titans have amassed 999 total yards and 100 points, with the key figure being sophomore running back Josh Adams, who rushed for 250 yards and six TDs last week and has 433 yards and 10 touchdowns in two games.
“The first thing you notice when you watch them is (Adams),” said Norristown head coach E.J. Smith. “And he’s for real.”
QB Jon Pileggi (26-for-31, 320 yds.) is another threat, along with two-way back Steve Veal, who is also standout defensively.
If things weren’t stacked against the young Eagles enough, they’ll be without FB/LB Robert Parker, due to an ankle injury.
“Last year’s team was good,” Smith said of South, “this one is just as good.”

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
RECORDS: West Chester Henderson  is 2-0 after defeating Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 42-6. Plymouth Whitemarsh is 2-0 after defeating Abington, 45-17.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Plymouth Whitemarsh won, 20-0.
OUTLOOK: The Colonials are 2-0 for the first time under head coach Dan Chang, but will have some tough sledding to make it to 3-0.
Last year PW used the Henderson game to springboard to a terrific season, a league title and a district playoff berth. This year, the Colonials will have to get past their mirror image once more.
The Warriors, who feature the same option offense run by PW, have a potent ground game led by Garrett Girafalco, who scored three TDs last week, and QB James Bady.
Equally impressive has been their defense, which has allowed just six points in two games and only 70 total yards last week.
“(Henderson) has some very explosive players,” said Chang. “They want to run the ball, wear you down with that option, and then hit the big pass out of play-action.”
Chang has also been impressed with his young team’s quick bolt out of the gate.
“These guys, who are stepping into their first year of varsity football, have been executing our game plan and playing good defense,” Chang said. “And our offensive line is getting better every week. It’s a credit to these guys.”

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. at Upper Dublin High School
RECORDS: Lincoln is 0-2 after losing to Northeast, 26-6. Upper Dublin is 1-1 after defeating Truman, 28-7.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Did not play.
OUTLOOK: The Cardinals welcome the Rail Splitters, who come in having totaled just 156 yards (109 passing)and one offensive touchdown in their two losses.
Running back Donnell Dixon and QB Miguel Sanchez (10-for-23) lead that offense, while Dixon has also collected a pair of interceptions on defense.
“They’ve had some big plays,” said UD head coach Bret Stover, “but they’ve had some trouble protecting their quarterback. They’re like us in that we keep shooting ourselves in the foot, too.”
Through two games, Stover has been pleased with his defense, particularly the linebacker play of Ben Winebrake and Reed Rapine, but injury and depth have hurt the offensive line. The Cardinals were without three starters there last week, and this week will start a freshman up front.

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. at Perkiomen Valley High School
RECORDS: Owen J. Roberts is 0-2, 0-0 after losing to Bayard Rustin, 49-7. Perkiomen Valley is 1-1, 1-0 after defeating Methacton, 35-6.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Perkiomen Valley won, 31-12.
OUTLOOK: Two PAC teams that know how to gain yardage meet in this early-season tussle.
The Wildcats have gotten a lot of mileage out of their passing game, with QB Jarrad Pinelli (19-for-32, 305 yds.) and Matt Raymond (9 catches, 203 yds.) developing into one of the conference’s top big-play combos.
But look for PV to go up top a lot, too, considering OJR has allowed a PAC-worst 286 passing yards in two games. The Vikings have the guns to do it in QB Raasan Stewart (27-for-43, 295 yds., 143 rushing yds.) and his favorite target, Clay Domine (15 catches, 195 yds.)
PV can do it on the ground also, primarily behind Mark Bonomo (28 carries, 209 yds.).

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. at Upper Merion Middle School
RECORDS: William Tennent is 0-2 after losing to Central Bucks West, 28-20. Upper Merion is 0-2 after losing to Lansdale Catholic, 38-14.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: William Tennent won, 42-21.
OUTLOOK: After getting hammered by Wissahickon in Week One, the Panthers took a five-point lead into the fourth quarter last week before falling to C.B. West.
Which Tennent team will show up this week against the Vikings?
For the Vikings’ sake, they’re hopeful the Tennent defense that has yielded 636 rushing yards in two games will emerge, giving UM RB Hassan Gardner (41 carries, 152 yds.) the opportunity to get untracked. If not, QB Carmen Fortino (23-for-59, 486 yds., 6 TDs)will hope to crack the Panthers pass defense.
Meanwhile, the Vikings, who have been scorched for 86 points in their first two starts, are hopeful of corralling WT RBs Cameron Jenkins (8 carries, 100 yds.) and Jeff Ledford (11 carries, 120 yds.) and QB Joe Lutz (7-for-20, 114 yds.).

TIME: Friday, 7 p.m. at Radnor High School
RECORDS: Archbishop Carroll is 1-1 after losing to Monsignor Bonner, 35-0. Delaware Valley Charter is 0-2 after losing to Prep Charter, 22-6.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Did not play.
OUTLOOK: It hasn’t been easy for the Patriots over the past season-plus. Already dealing with diminished numbers, Carroll will play the season without standout RB Eric Massenburg, who re-injured his surgically repaired knee in a scrimmage and is facing a second surgery.
On the positive side, Carroll gets back both playmaker Shawn Springs (ankle) and linebacker/receiver Tyler Rongione (hamstring) who missed last week’s game.
As for Del-Val Charter, the Warriors committed 13 penalties and gave up six sacks in last weekend’s loss, but still have some dangerous players in QB Bysil Northern, WR Rasheed Cade and LB Donte Walker (11 tackles, sack last week).
“They’re a very athletic team that can hurt you with their speed,” said AC head coach Joe Powel. “This week we’ve been concentrating on getting our run game going.”

TIME: Friday, 7:30 p.m. at North Penn High School
RECORDS: Saint Joseph’s Prep is 2-0 after defeating Gonzaga (D.C.), 28-14. North Penn is 1-1 after defeating Archbishop Wood, 24-10.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Saint Joseph’s Prep won, 51-33.
OUTLOOK: See Sideline Insider

TIME: Saturday, 1 p.m. at Pope John Paul II High School
RECORDS: Spring-Ford is 2-0, 0-0 after defeating Daniel Boone, 39-0. Pope John Paul is 0-2, 0-1 after losing to Pottsgrove, 53-14.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Spring-Ford won, 33-21.
OUTLOOK: This duel between PAC rivals located about five minutes apart looks like a mismatch on paper. The Rams have picked up where they left off a season ago, racking up two impressive wins, last week’s without the services of junior RB Jarred Jones, who was out with a collarbone injury.
Meanwhile, the Golden Panthers have the PAC’s leader in passing yardage in junior QB James Bleming (32-for-64, 524 yds., 5 TDs) but 92 percent of their yardage through two games has come through the air, and that’s not the balance they’re seeking.
No matter what the Panthers’ mode of attack this week, they’ll be up against a Spring-Ford defense that has only allowed 210 yards per game and which accounted for two defensive touchdowns a week ago.

TIME: Saturday, 3 p.m. at Springfield (M) High School
RECORDS: Cardinal O’Hara is 2-0 after defeating Haverford School, 13-12. La Salle is 2-0 after defeating Monsignor Farrell, 37-20.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Did not play.
OUTLOOK: The Explorers play their first of only two home games this season (the second is set for Oct. 19 against Roman Catholic), and have their hands full against a Lions team that is expected to challenge Archbishop Wood this season for PCL AAA supremacy.
O’Hara, coached by Dan Algeo, the son of Lansdale Catholic legendary former head coach Jim Algeo, pulled one out of coals last week, forcing two turnovers that led to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, less than 5:00 apart, to shock Haverford School. The Lions are led by RB Thaddius Smith, who paces the team in rushing (22 carries, 145 yds.) and receiving (7 catches, 62 yds.). QB Dashawn Darden (212 passing yds., 73 rushing yds.) also must be contained. Linebacker Nolan Cummings (eight tackles, fumble-recovery TD last week) spearheads the defense.
Meanwhile, the Explorers have been nothing less than impressive through two weeks, with Jared Herrmann (20 carries, 110 yds.) taking care of the rushing and QB Chris Kane (30-for-44, 491 yds., 7
TDs) and WR Sean Coleman (13 catches, 249 yds.) heading up the air attack.

TIME: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. at the Hill School
RECORDS: Germantown Academy and The Hill School are both playing their season openers.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Germantown Academy won, 23-20.
OUTLOOK: The Patriots begin the Matt Dence Era on the road against a very formidable Blues team that features six returning starters on each side of the ball, including standout receiver/free safety Adam Regensburg, who set the school single-season record for receptions (40) last year, while adding eight interceptions on defense. Junior Grant Smith is a returning starter at quarterback.
GA, which has taken its lumps over the last couple of seasons, has a returning starter of its own at QB in Hayes Nolte (56-for-115, 527 yds. last year) and two standout linebackers in Rob Gorman and Lou Stevens.


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