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Thursday, November 8, 2012

High School Football: Capsules for weekend of Nov. 9


TIME: Friday, 7:00 p.m., Downingtown East High School
RECORDS: Wissahickon is 7-3 after defeating Upper Moreland, 55-13. Downingtown East is 10-0 after defeating West Chester Henderson, 6-3.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Did not play.
OUTLOOK:  See Sideline Insider (Nov. 8)

TIME: Friday, 7:00 p.m., Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
RECORDS: Neshaminy is 7-3 after losing to Pennsbury, 7-0. Plymouth Whitemarsh is 9-1 after defeating Springfield-Montco, 28-6.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Did not play.
OUTLOOK: See Sideline Insider

TIME: Friday, 7:00 p.m., Spring-Ford Middle School
RECORDS: Garnet Valley is 8-2 after defeating Haverford, 30-13. Spring-Ford is 9-1 after defeating Perkiomen Valley, 42-28.
LAST SEASON’S GAME:  Did not play.
OUTLOOK: This shapes up as one of the more competitive first-round District One Class AAAA playoff matchups, with the seventh-seeded Rams seeking the program’s first postseason win and the 10th-seeded Jaguars looking to break through into the ranks of the D-1 football elite.
Spring-Ford, already an offensive juggernaut, got even better last week when stud junior running back Jarred Jones returned after a six-week stay on the shelf due to a broken wrist, then lit up Perkiomen Valley for 208 rushing yards and a pair of 80-plus-yard kickoff returns (one for a 91-yard TD).
The Rams, already boasting the likes of QB Hank Coyne (103-for-186, 1,299 yds., 19 TDs), Yousef Lundi (885 rushing yds.) and Tate Carter (642 rushing yds., 305 receiving), are averaging 355 yards per game and kind of needed more offense like the Kardashians need more plastic surgery. But the Rams aren’t complaining.
Meanwhile, the Jaguars have only been held under three touchdowns in a game once this year (in a 27-17 loss to Ridley) and have piled up 363 points in their 10 games. The offense is led by QB Ryan Corkery (51-for-113, 703 yds., 9 TDs, 126 rushes, 905 yds., 12 TDs) and RB Jake Irving (143 carries, 829 yds., 13 TDs). LBs Steve Elf (61 tackles, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries) and Tyler Shankle (61 tackles, three sacks) head up the defense.

TIME: Friday, 7:00 p.m., Owen J. Roberts High School
RECORDS: Upper Merion is 1-9 after losing to Upper Dublin, 24-14. Owen J. Roberts  is 3-7 after losing to Boyertown, 42-14.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Did not play.
OUTLOOK: Two disappointing seasons draw to a close, as the one-win Vikings travel to Bucktown to face the three-win Wildcats.
Owen J., battling inexperience and injury most of the year, is the second lowest scoring team in the Pioneer Athletic Conference, although RB Wyatt Scott (175 carries, 909 yds.) has a chance to crack the 1,000-yard mark for the season and QB Jarrad Pinelli (86-for-165, 1,373 yds., 19 TDs, 10 ints.) and WR Matt Raymond (31 catches, 722 yds., 11 TDs) are a lethal pitch-catch combo.
Upper Merion took Upper Dublin into the fourth quarter last week before coming up short, a promising springboard into the season finale.

TIME: Saturday, 1:00 p.m., Plymouth Whitemarsh High School
RECORDS: La Salle is 9-1 after defeating Roman Catholic, 42-13. Saint Joseph’s Prep is 9-0 after defeating Archbishop Ryan, 29-6.
EARLIER THIS SEASON: Saint Joseph’s Prep defeated La Salle, 24-16, on Oct. 13.
OUTLOOK: The rematch of this year’s version of the PCL Game That Can’t Be Missed, and it’s suggested you get there early (about 11 a.m. still may not guarantee a parking spot).
Prep rallied past the Explorers in the first clash, which was far from artistic (both teams committed six turnovers), but infinitely enjoyable.
The Hawks’ efficiency running the no-huddle spread is no secret, and it scorched La Salle the first time around, producing 400-plus yards of offense, while RB Olamide Zaccheaus rushed for nearly 200 yards.
“We can’t give up 400 yards of offense and have one player run for 180-some yards against us this time,” said Explorers head coach Drew Gordon, “or we’ll be in trouble.”
La Salle is hopeful QB Chris Kane (108-for-179, 1,613 yds., 19 TDs) is another week closer to being healthy after hobbling through last week’s playoff game with a gimpy ankle.
Meanwhile, the Prep has collected 19 interceptions in its nine games, with John Reid accounting for five of them.

TIME: Saturday, 1:00 p.m., Norristown High School
RECORDS: Methacton is 5-5 after defeating Pottstown, 45-27. Norristown is 1-9 after losing to Cheltenham, 21-0
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Did not play.
OUTLOOK: The Warriors chase the program’s first back-to-back winning seasons since 1997 and 1998, while the Eagles chase one last gasp at respectability against a former Suburban One League rival.
Methacton’s offense finished last in the PAC, but has come alive of late, stacking up 793 yards and 90 points over the last two games, while the Warriors have won three in a row.
QB Brandon Bossard has had no small role in the rejuvenated attack, and has passed and run for better than 1,700 yards while producing 18 touchdowns this season.
The Eagles have struggled offensively all year, scoring just 88 points in 10 games while being shut out four times.
One bright spot in this trying season has been the two-way play of senior RB/LB Darius Wills, whose production has only been surpassed by his effort.

TIME: Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Germantown Academy
RECORDS: Penn Charter is 4-4 1-3 after defeating Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 42-14. Germantown Academy is 3-5, 0-4 after losing to Episcopal Academy, 47-0.
LAST SEASON’S GAME: Penn Charter won, 54-7.
OUTLOOK: The 126th renewal of the oldest continuous schoolboy rivalry in the country will be contested for the first time at GA’s Carey Stadium.
Up until last week, both GA and PC were winless in the Inter-Ac this season, a string the Quakers ended with a convincing win over SCHA.
It seems every week the Patriots are running into a team with future Division One college players, and this week is no exception.
PC features offensive lineman and Notre Dame recruit Mike McGlinchey (6-7, 265) and West Virginia recruit Daryl Worley, who has rushed for 184 yards and added 24 pass receptions good for 393 yards this season.
PC’s real go-to back is Eric Neefe (134 carries, 898 yds.).
Speaking of rushing, GA has not rushed for 100 yards as a team in an Inter-Ac League game this season.


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