Football: Preview capsules for Week 3

Boyertown (2-0) at Pottstown (1-1)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Last year’s game: Boyertown posted a 35-7 victory

Last week: Boyertown hammered Twin Valley 42-6, while Pottstown got its first win in impressive fashion, 48-0, over defending Del Val League champion Penn Wood

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Perkiomen Valley (1-1) at Owen J. Roberts (1-1)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Last year’s game: Owen J. Roberts captured a 36-20 victory en route to a share of the PAC-10 title

Last week: Perk Valley fell behind 28-0 at halftime and never recovered in a 34-13 setback to powerful Souderton … OJR got its first victory of the season when Dylan Frierson returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown in the closing moments of a 23-14 triumph over Reading

Perkiomen Valley scouting report: The Vikings showed life in the second half last week behind quarterback Ryan D’Ambrosio, but PV has averaged just 170 total yards of offense this season while surrendering an average of 292.5. D’Ambrosio is expected to split time this week with sophomore QB Rasaan Stewart, recovering from a minor injury. Donte Golson-Goodman has accumulated 172 rushing yards and three touchdowns through Week 2, while Ryan Boyd (8-84, TD) is the Vikings top receiver. Boyd’s 14-yard TD reception from Stewart in the third overtime helped the Vikings edge Lansdale Catholic 27-26 in Week One.

PV coach Scott Reed: “We didn’t play well in the first half last week, but we settled down after that. I was encouraged that we went out and competed and did some things well against a very good football team. We moved the ball and got a couple of stops. Owen J. is more balanced than they were last year (with Ryan Brumfield) which makes them tougher to defend. They’ll mix in play action, and their quarterback (Blake Bradshaw) can really throw the ball.”

Owen J. Roberts scouting report: Decimated by graduation and the loss of all-world running back Brumfield, the Wildcats are working on establishing a new identity. Frierson has accounted for 193 rushing yards and two touchdowns in two games, while quarterback Blake Bradshaw has thrown for 182 yards and two more scores through Week 2. Jay Thomas has seven catches for 98 yards and two TDs to lead the Wildcats' receiving corps.

OJR coach Tom Barr: “We’re lucky after two games that are kids aren’t banged up, and we’re getting better. We’re young and inexperienced but we’re improving. We got some film on PV but I don’t know a lot about them. They have two different quarterbacks, they can mix it up and spread you out. They have some receivers that can catch the ball.”   

Upper Perkiomen (1-1) at Pottsgrove (1-0, 1-1)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Last year’s game: Pottsgrove humbled Upper Perk 69-19

Last week: Pottsgrove opened the PAC-10 season with a 35-21 victory over Pope John Paul II while Upper Perk climbed back to .500 with a 36-25 nonleague triumph over Upper Moreland

Upper Perkiomen scouting report: The Indians are balanced, averaging 329.5 total yards behind a multi-dimensional attack. John Olson enters Week 3 as the top rusher in the PAC-10 with 40 carries for 322 yards and four touchdowns, while quarterback Dylan Wesley has been efficient through the air – hitting 22-43 for 273 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions. The Tribe’s top receiver is lightning-fast Ronnie Gillespie, whose 12 catches for 180 yards rank second among PAC-10 receivers through Week 2. UP is somewhat banged up, with defensive lineman Zach Chatman expected out with a knee injury, and fullback/linebacker Dalton Fleming a game-time decision.

Upper Perk coach Keith Leamer: “If Dalton plays, it will probably be on defense. We’ll need him there. From what I’ve seen of Pottsgrove, they’re young and getting better. They’ve improved every time I’ve seen them play. We’re getting better, too, but I’m still waiting for us to put a full game together. We’ve had a good week of practice, so I’m expecting more consistency.”

Pottsgrove scouting report: The run-heavy Falcons are averaging 302 rushing yards per game, with Mark Dukes (36-247, TD) leading the way. QB Tory Hudgins has produced an average of 127 yards running and throwing the football, with Michael Fowler (4-76) the Falcons’ top receiver.

Pottsgrove coach Rick Pennypacker (after last week’s win over PJP): “We’re getting better, doing a good job of controlling the football. That’s my kind of football, pounding it. Three yards and a cloud of dust.”

Pope John Paul II (0-1, 1-1) at Spring-Ford (1-1)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Last year’s game: Spring-Ford rolled to a 49-0 victory

Last week: Spring-Ford fell to Daniel Boone 20-14 in overtime, while the Golden Panthers opened the PAC-10 portion of their season with a 35-21 loss to Pottsgrove

Spring-Ford scouting report: The stat sheet looks favorable for the Rams, who are averaging 38.5 points and 296.5 yards of offense while surrendering just 194 yards through two games. But some of that is skewed by a 63-12 flogging of West Chester East in Week One. Spring-Ford can run it or go up top with equal proficiency. Yousef Lundi and Jarred Jones have accounted for 248 rushing yards combined through two games, while quarterback Hank Coyne has hit 26-37 passes for 363 yards and five touchdowns without throwing a pick. Coyne spreads it around to receivers like Andrew Scanlan (7-95, 2 TDs), Darryl Branch (5-60) and Tyler Yazujian (5-57, 2 TDs).

Pope John Paul II scouting report: The Golden Panthers resorted to their old ways of throwing the football on nearly every play in the loss to Pottsgrove, but it was a strategy born out of necessity. PJP failed to establish any kind of running attack and the defense allowed three touchdowns in excess of 50 yards - creating a catch-up mentality. Still, the Panthers are dangerous and capable of lighting up the scoreboard. Quarterback David Cotellese (31-58, 557 yards, six TDs) has a vast arsenal of receiving weapons, led by Jared Siejk (10-218, 4 TDs) and Jacob Gribb (7-177, 25.3 yards per catch, TD). PJP is averaging 363.5 yards of offense, but has allowed a PAC-10 worst 373.5 ypg.

PJP coach Mike Santillo: “We have to be able to run the football. Spring-Ford has speed, size and depth, every check mark you can imagine. They’re bigger, stronger and faster than we are. But on the plus side, everybody’s healthy. We have to do a better job of stopping the big play and establishing something on the ground.”

Phoenixville (2-0) at Methacton (1-1)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

Last year’s game: Phoenixville battered Methacton, 48-6

Last week: Phoenixville improved to 2-0 with a convincing 38-7 nonleague triumph over Neumann-Goretti, christening its new artificial turf at old Washington Field in grand style … Methacton toppled old Suburban One League foe Upper Merion 35-11 to climb back to .500

Phoenixville scouting report: The Phantoms are outscoring the opposition by 25-plus points per game in their two victories, cranking out of average of 372 yards behind a running attack that has contributed 340 of those markers per outing. Vinnie Nattle has 300 yards and four TDs on the season in 34 attempts, while Ryan Yenchick and quarterback Alex McQuiston are both over 100 yards rushing total on the season. Phoenixville is currently the third most prolific offense in the PAC-10 after two weeks in terms of average yards er game.

Methacton scouting report: The Warriors have been stingy defensively, yielding just 289 yards per game. Davonte Fung (15-107, 2 TDs) has emerged as the go-to guy in the backfield for Methacton, with Andrew Gannon and Kyle Lowery also chipping in toting the football. Multi-faceted quarterback Brandon Bossard has thrown for 108 yards and a touchdown thus far, with Cooper Given (3-53, TD) his top target.

Methacton coach Paul Lepre: “Phoenixville is a run-first team, so we’ll try to make them throw it. They’ll run three or four plays out of a dozen formations and we’re working to get our kids to recognize those things and get in the right spots. We need to limit our turnovers and not make any mental mistakes. Davonte Fong made his first start last week and made some things happen. He’s got breakaway speed and elusiveness, and is an added person for other teams to worry about along with Brandon Bossard at quarterback.”