Football: Week 2 game capsules

Owen J. Roberts (0-1) at Reading High (1-0)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Last year’s game: OJR rolled to a 58-6 victory

Week One results: Owen J. Roberts suffered a 31-14 loss to Conestoga last Saturday night … Reading defeated York 21-7 in Coach Rob Flowers’ first game at the helm

OJR scouting report: The young Wildcats had an uneven performance in their season opener. Kyle Shronk notched a pair of interceptions, Dylan Frierson ran for 54 yards, Colin Horrocks caught three passes for 30 yards and Blake Bradshaw threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jay Thomas. But after grabbing a 7-0 lead on the Bradshaw-to-Thomas hookup, OJR – defending PAC-10 co-champions - surrendered 24 unanswered points and never really challenged.

Reading scouting report: The Red Knights got into a bench-clearing brawl just 2 minutes into their season opener with York, then rode a strong defensive effort to the win in Flowers’ debut. Reading, which returns six starters on offense and eight on defense, held York to 102 yards of total offense and overcame a 7-6 halftime deficit with Darian Hardy throwing a pair of touchdown passes to Jalan Branford. Malachi Coates added a 68-yard touchdown run for the Knights, who have plenty of big-play capability.

Prediction: Owen J. Roberts, 21-13


Perkiomen Valley (1-0) at Souderton (0-1)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Last year’s game: Souderton blanked PV, 39-0

Week One results: Perkiomen Valley edged Lansdale Catholic 27-26 in triple overtime … Souderton broke down in the second half of a 20-13 loss to powerful Neshaminy

Perkiomen Valley scouting report: The Vikings are a work in progress, especially on the offensive side of the ball with sophomore quarterback Rasaan Stewart at the helm. Stewart saved his best for last in the third OT, hitting Ryan Boyd with a 17-yard touchdown pass on a key third-down play. Jamie Biddle’s conversion kick was the difference when LC came up empty on a two-point conversion pass attempt after the Stewart-to-Boyd score. PV’s defense allowed 265 total yards but was solid with a fumble recovery and two sacks, compensating for an offense that managed just two first downs and 119 yards of total offense.  

Souderton scouting report: The Big Red held a 13-7 lead at intermission before coming up empty. Javon White rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown while quarterback Tanner Allem completed 10 passes for 86 yards and ran for another score. “We just need to be in better shape,” said Souderton coach Ed Gallagher.  “We did a whole lot of good things in the first half, but we ran out of gas in the second half.  We need to fix that.”

Prediction: Souderton, 33-6


Neumann-Goretti (1-0) at Phoenixville (1-0)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Last year’s game: Did not play

Week One results: Neumann-Goretti handled Furness 34-20 … Phoenixville splashed onto the 2011 scene with a 43-27 conquest of Great Valley

Neumann-Goretti scouting report: The Saints have a terrific running back in Antwoine Powers, who rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries last week. N-G is multi-dimensional on offense. Last week Shariff Curtis caught a pair of TD passes – 6 yards from Shane Thomas and 9 yards from John Mastrando.

Phoenixville scouting report: The Phantoms got 237 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Vinny Nattle and forced four turnovers (three fumble recoveries) in the win over Great Valley. Phoenixville finished with 453 yards of total offense – with Ryan Yenchick (97 yards rushing, 13-yard TD pass from Alex McQuiston) also getting into the act.

Prediction: Phoenixville 39, Neuman-Goretti 27


Daniel Boone (1-0) at Spring-Ford (1-0)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Week One results: Daniel Boone trampled Donegal 61-7 … Spring-Ford drilled West Chester East 63-12 … Both Boone and Spring-Ford set school records for points in a game in those wins

Daniel Boone scouting report: The Blazers can run it and throw it with equal proficiency. In last week’s romp, quarterback Tom Bodolus accounted for 374 yards (194 rushing, 180 passing) and six touchdowns – three each by ground and air. Feature back Darrell Scott had 101 yards receiving and 53 rushing for Boone, which churned out 471 total yards of offense. Special teams were also a factor as Justin Kline turned in an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Defensively, the Blazers held Donegal to 20 rushing yards with Zach Robinson (five tackles including a sack) putting up the biggest numbers.

Spring-Ford scouting report: The Rams are the mirror images of their foes – an explosive offensive force with a deep arsenal of weapons. Jarred Jones took the opening kickoff 90 yards to get Spring-Ford off and running against East, and later added scoring runs of 29 and 55 yards. QB Hank Coyne hit 14 of 19 pass attempts for 269 yards and three touchdowns – with Tyler Yazujian (10 and 39 yards) and Ryan Conway (29)  catching the TDs. The Rams posted a 400-172 advantage in total offense, getting strong contributions from Mason Romano (two sacks).

Prediction: Spring-Ford 41, Daniel Boone 34


Upper Perkiomen (0-1) at Upper Moreland (0-1)

Friday, 7 p.m.

Last year’s game: Did not play

Week One results: Upper Perkiomen lost its opener, 27-20, to Quakertown … Upper Moreland was throttled 42-6 by D1-AAA power Strath Haven

Upper Perkiomen scouting report: John Olson rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, but the Indians were victimized by a slow start and turnovers. UP fell into a 27-6 hole by intermission and despite a strong second-half effort, failed to erase the big deficit. Three lost fumbles also hurt the Indians. The Tribe defense was keyed by Zach Chatman while quarterback Dylan Wesley threw for 154 yards.

Upper Moreland scouting report: The Golden Bears were torched for 501 yards of total offense, including 370 on the ground. Quarterback Robert Knox, who accounted for 205 yards of total offense, spreads the ball around on offense with Zack Donnelly, Tom Robinson and Tyler Whitmore his primary receiving targets.

Prediction: Upper Perkiomen 20, Upper Moreland 6


Upper Merion (0-1) at Methacton (0-1)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

Last year’s game: Methacton posted a 14-7 victory

Week One results: Upper Merion suffered a 27-7 loss to Academy Park, Methacton fell to former Suburban One League rival Plymouth Whitemarsh 35-7

Upper Merion scouting report: The Vikings, under first-year coach Harold Smith, will need to do a better job of protecting the quarterback. Jake Keszczyk was sacked nine times and picked off twice in the loss to Academy Park. When given time, Keszczyk can throw the football – as witnessed by the 13-yard touchdown pass he threw to Tyler Wisely and the three times he hooked up with Tyler Sandlin for 39 yards on Upper Merion’s lone scoring drive.

Methacton scouting report: The Warriors fell behind early and never recovered, with two turnovers resulting in a quick 14-0 lead for Plymouth Whitemarsh. Methacton’s defense was solid, if unspectacular, allowing 297 yards of total offense. But the offense struggled mightily, racking up just 65 yards of total offense and five first downs. Warriors QB Brandon Bossard hit 4 of 12 passing attempts for 65 yards, including three to Kevin Bauer for 24. Bossard’s one-yard TD run kept Methacton from getting shut out.

Prediction: Methacton 7, Upper Merion 6 


Pottsgrove (0-1) at Pope John Paul II (1-0)

Saturday, 2 p.m.

Last year’s game: Pottsgrove hung a 57-6 drubbing on PJP

Week One results: The Falcons fell to Norristown, 27-20, while Pope John Paul II ruined Berks Catholic’s first game ever with a 32-21 triumph

Pottsgrove scouting report: The Falcons have size and ability up front, but will need to find able replacements at the skill positions. Last week, Mark Dukes rushed for 109 yards and QB Tory Hudgins contributed 138 combined yards with two touchdowns, including a 12-yard TD pass to Steve Ambs and a 9-yard keeper. Pottsgrove needs to firm up a rushing defense that allowed 284 yards in last week’s loss to Norristown.

PJP scouting report: The Golden Panthers put up 419 total yards of offense with a nice blend of passing (QB David Cotellese, 260 yards and three touchdowns) and running (159 yards led by John Cherneskie’s 88). Home run threat Jared Seijk hauled in six passes for 172 yards and all three of Cotellese’s scoring tosses. PJP’s defense was solid in the second half despite allowing 328 yards of total offense.

Prediction: Pottsgrove 34, PJP 20


Boyertown (1-0) at Twin Valley (0-1)

Saturday, 7 p.m.

Last year’s game: Boyertown cruised 42-6

Week One results: Boyertown destroyed William Allen, 52-8, while Twin Valley was shut down by Garden Spot, 35-0

Twin Valley scouting report: Eric Hancock inherits a young team that finished 1-9 in 2010. The Raiders struggled on both sides of the ball, especially offensively, against Garden Spot. Twin Valley didn’t get a first down until midway through the second quarter and managed just 122 yards of offense - led by Carsen Allen's 13 carries for 68 yards.

Boyertown scouting report: The Bears amassed 509 rushing yards last week – led by Jarred Von Dohren (7 carries for 228 yards, 3 TDs), Max Marcus (8-126, TD) and Jon Neiman (15-89, 2 TDs). Don’t expect anything different from Boyertown. “We’ve been a running team the last three years, that’s our strength,” said Boyertown coach Mark Scisly. “We’re not worried about what Twin Valley does, we’re concerned about what we do.” The Bears will look to clean things up after committing nine penalties that resulted in 96 lost yards last week.

Prediction: Boyertown 55, Twin Valley 0


Penn Wood (0-1) at Pottstown (0-1)

Saturday, 7 p.m.

Last year’s game: Did not play

Week One results: Penn Wood was no match for powerful Downingtown West, falling 56-7 … Pottstown fell to highly-regarded Bangor Pius X 36-33

Penn Wood scouting report: Under first-year coach Troy Brooks, the Patriots allowed 415 rushing yards and a staggering 15.4 yards per carry in the loss to Downingtown West. Penn Wood ended Interboro’s 12-year reign as Del Val League champions last season, but graduation has depleted most of its roster. Offensively, Khylil McClary had 64 rushing yards on 13 attempts while Hakeem Thomas put the Pats on the board with a five-yard TD run after a long kickoff return by Joseph Roberts.

Pottstown scouting report: The Trojans took the Royals to the wire before yielding a late 53-yard touchdown drive that reversed a 33-29 Pottstown lead. Still, there were many good things for Pottstown to savor – primarily Corey Baker’s 223 combined yards from scrimmage. Baker rushed 17 times for 148 yards and three scores and hauled in five passes for 75 yards and another TD. Trojans quarterback Sage Reinhart showed a deft passing touch, hitting 9 of 15 attempts for 135 yards and a touchdown. Rashaad Lighty came up with two sacks for Pottstown, which posted a 387-304 advantage in total yards despite a noticeable size disadvantage up front.

Prediction: Pottstown 26, Penn Wood 21