Football wrap: Spring-Ford holds off PJP; Pottsgrove blitzes Upper Perk

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ROYERSFORD – Spring-Ford built a commanding lead and held on to dispatch crosstown rival Pope John Paul II 33-21 in PAC-10 football action Friday night at Coach McNelly Stadium.

The Rams, coming off a disheartening 20-14 overtime loss to Daniel Boone last Saturday, rebounded with a strong first half – led by the multi-talented Andrew Scanlan. Scanlan caught touchdown passes of 27 and 10 yards from Hank Coyne and added a 45-yard interception return for another score as Spring-Ford built a 21-0 first-quarter lead.

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Trailing 24-0 at intermission, the Golden Panthers drew within 24-14 on John Cherneskie’s 25-yard interception return with 6:38 left in the third quarter.

But PJP (0-2 league, 1-2 overall) would get no closer, despite a potent aerial attack that produced 306 yards.

David Cotellese finished with 222 yards passing and a TD on 17-36 accuracy, while Jamel Stinson threw for another 84 and a score on a pair of halfback option plays. The Golden Panthers’ top receivers were Jared Siejk (6-109, TD catches of 59 and 28 yards), Stinson (4-53) and Jacob Gribb (4-45).

Spring-Ford (1-0, 2-1) got 114 rushing yards on 20 carries from Jarred Jones, field goals of 27 and 24 yards off the foot of Ryan O’Hara and a two-yard TD run from Ryan Conway. Coyne hit 13-24 for 235 yards, with Scanlan gathering in seven of those throws for 131 yards.

The Rams defense limited PJP to 20 rushing yards on 19 attempts, and finished with five sacks. Kevin Nyce had one solo sack and assisted on two others, Brian Tatum came up with a solo and assist while Zameer McDowell and Travis Daywalt also got in on the sack-fest.

Pottsgrove 67, Upper Perkiomen 7 – The Falcons continued their recent domination of the Indians, rolling up 522 yards on the ground to improve to 2-0 in the PAC-10.

Mark Dukes (11 carries, 242 yards, 4 TDs) and Robby Curtin (5-113, 2 TDs) had plenty of open space created by the massive front line of Eric Bonenberger, Madison O’Connor, Scott Schollenberger, Dylan Pritchard, Zach Birch and Steve Ambs.

The Falcons, who have scored in excess of 60 points in three straight meetings with the Tribe, led 26-0 after the first quarter before the advantage ballooned to 46-7 by intermission and brought on the running clock. The first-half explosion featured scoring bursts by Dukes (18, 78 and 26 yards), Curtin (15 and 73) and QB Tory Hudgins (17 and 4).

Upper Perk, which fell to 0-1, 1-2, got its only touchdown when Dylan Wesley scored on a two-yard QB keeper in the second quarter. John Olson added 128 yards from scrimmage (91 rushing, 37 receiving), but the Tribe was undone by six turnovers.

Pottsgrove recovered three fumbles and picked off three passes – with Johnny Fowler, D.J. Ludy and Riley Michaels pulling off the thefts.