Football wrap: Phoenixville, Spring-Ford grind out easy PAC-10 victories

PHOENIXVILLE  - Phoenixville quarterback Alec McQuiston ran for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns, spearheading a punishing ground attack that carried the Phantoms to a 22-7 Pioneer Athletic Conference victory over Owen J. Roberts Friday night at Washington Field.

The victory, keyed by 351 total yards of offense (all rushing), kept Phoenixville perfect in two PAC-10 starts and four games overall.

McQuiston had TD runs of 19 and 28 yards, Vinny Nattle chipped in with 135 yards on 14 carries and Ryan Yenchick got into the act with 61 more yards on the ground – including a 29-yard dash to paydirt - to help the Phantoms stay unbeaten.

Setting the tone up front for Phoenixville was its experienced offensive line, featuring center Tom White, tackles Tim Hunt and Alex McClemore, guards Jesse Gervasi and Brian Hyland and tight end Ryan Pannella.

Phoenixville grabbed a 3-0 lead when Ian Harrigan booted a 32-yard field goal with 2:26 left in the first quarter. The lead swelled to 9-0 at the half, 15-0 after three quarters and 22-0 before OJR got on the board on Paul Minninger’s 7-yard TD run.

Minninger finished with 20 carries for 84 yards, while Dylan Frierson chipped in with 68 more on 21 rushing attempts. But the Wildcats, who committed two turnovers and managed just 159 total yards (123 rushing), could never get it going in the driving rain.

Jarrad Pinelli had a fumble recovery and interception for OJR (0-2 league, 1-3 overall), while the Phantoms’ stingy defense was led by Nattle (fumble recovery), Travis Andrews (interception), Ernie Knight (2 tackles-for-losses) and Dennis Kelly (sack).

Spring-Ford 52, Upper Perkiomen 7 – Jack Haney set the tone, forcing a fumble on the opening kickoff, and Jarred Jones ran for 193 yards and three touchdowns to help the Rams improve to 2-0, 3-1 with the PAC-10 romp.

Haney’s forced fumble and Andy Louvre-Smith’s recovery led to Jones’ first score – a 3-yard bolt just 1:55 into the lopsided affair. Jones would later add scoring bursts of 64 and 53 yards around a 27-yard Ryan O’Hara field goal to give Spring-Ford a 24-0 halftime lead.

That advantage ballooned to  31-0 when Xavier Ingram returned the second-half kickoff 90 yards to the house. The Rams, who piled up a season-high 341 rushing yards, also got TD runs from Yousef Lundi, J.J. Paige and Kyle Hoffner.

Upper Perk (0-2, 1-3) averted the shutout when John Olson (16 carries, 79 yards) found the end zone from four yards out with 6:15 left.