Thursday, October 30, 2014

FOOTBALL: The Poopster's Week 10 picks

The Poopster is ready to close out the regular season and look ahead to the playoffs.
It's Week 10 of the Mercury-area scholastic football scene and the Poopster is hoping for a strong finish to the regular season while anticipating the upcoming District 1 playoff action. Here's his take on this weekend's games.

Thursday's games

Upper Perkiomen (4-4, 4-5) at Perkiomen Valley (8-0, 8-1)
Liam Grande, Mike Holland and the Vikings earned the program's first outright PAC-10 title by taking down two-time defending champ Pottsgrove last week, and the Poopster likes them to close out their first unbeaten league campaign against the much-improved Indians. .... Perkiomen Valley 38-14.

Friday's games

Pottsgrove (6-2, 6-3) at Boyertown (5-3, 5-4)
The Falcons need to regroup from last week's 49-21 loss to Perkiomen Valley, while the Bears are hoping to bag a signature win. The Poopster is going to go with speed over size and give the nod to Torin Verdone, Deyon Doctor and the Falcons. ... Pottsgrove 35-20.

Pope John Paul II (1-7, 1-8) at Owen J. Roberts (1-6, 1-8)
Both the Golden Panthers and Wildcats enter on six-game losing streaks. PJP is coming off its most productive offensive effort, but the orange guy feels the OJR ground game will eventually take its toll. ... Owen J. Roberts 23-21.

Exeter (4-1, 7-2) at Daniel Boone (3-2, 6-3)
The Pig Iron Trophy is on the line in this traditional battle. Though Paul Galanti and the Blazers are going to no doubt be jacked up to bring the hardware back to Birdsboro, the Poopster has to grudgingly side with Chase Yocum, Michal Menet and the Eagles. ... Exeter 28-27.

Perkiomen School (5-2) at St. Andrew's, Del. (0-5)
The Panthers haven't played in virtually three weeks, but the Poopster thinks they will shake off the rust just fine against the winless Cardinals. ... Perkiomen School 43-12.

Saturday's games

Spring-Ford (6-2, 6-3) at Pottstown (1-6, 2-7)
The Poopster envisions the Rams continuing to put up some big numbers and closing out the season with a five-game winning streak. ... Spring-Ford 42-19.

Methacton (6-2, 6-3) at Phoenixville (1-7, 1-8)
The Warriors are on their typical late-season roll, and the Poopster doesn't see the Phantoms being able to slow down Dontae Thomas, Nick Nwankwo and Co. ... Methacton 55-14.

Hill School (0-3, 0-6) at Mercersburg Academy (0-3, 0-6)
Someone is going to pick up their first victory in this battle of struggling MAPL squads, and the Poopster says it will be Devon Kennedy, Kirk Cherneskie and the Rams ... Hill School 34-20.

Last week's record: 7-0 (100 percent)
Overall record: 54-17 (76.1 percent)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

FOOTBALL: The Poopster's Week 9 picks

The Poopster is going with his orange brethren in the big one Friday.

It's Week 9 of the high school football season, and the Poopster can feel the chill in the air as playoff time approaches. Here's his take on this weekend's Mercury-area action:

Friday's games

Perkiomen Valley (7-0, 7-1) at Pottsgrove (6-1, 6-2)
The PAC-10 title will be on the line at Pennypacker Field, and the Poopster sees an epic encounter shaping up between Seth Jonassen, Liam Grande and the Vikings and Patrick Finn, Mike Fowler and the two-time defending champ Falcons. After much contemplation, the orange guy is going to go with the guys in orange. ... Perkiomen Valley 21-20.

Owen J. Roberts (1-5, 1-7) at Spring-Ford (5-2, 5-3)
In a battle of teams headed in opposite directions, the Poopster sees Stone Scarcelle, Danny Matthews and the Rams lighting up the scoreboard. ... Spring-Ford 59-13.

Phoenixville (1-6, 1-7) at Upper Perkiomen (3-4, 3-5)
The Indians have made believers out of the Poopster, who feels Zeke Hallman, Mahlon Schaffer and the rest of the Tribe will continue on the warpath against the Phantoms. ... Upper Perkiomen 26-24.

Hazleton (1-7) at Daniel Boone (5-3)
The Blazers are locked into the scent of the District 3-AAA playoffs like the Poopster when his owner opens up a can of tuna. He's pretty confident Nick Hughes, Jon Passifione and Boone will clinch a winning season. ... Daniel Boone 35-14.

Saturday's games

Pottstown (1-5, 2-6) at Methacton (5-2, 5-3)
While the Poopster awaits another delayed weekend meal, he expects Dylan Feaster, Louis Cotteta and the Warriors to assure themselves of an unprecedented fourth straight winning season. ... Methacton 33-12.

Boyertown (4-3, 4-4) at Pope John Paul II (1-6, 1-7)
The Bears offense has struggled to put points on the board of late, but the Poopster doesn't see that being the case against the injury-riddled Golden Panthers. ... Boyertown 34-14.

Hill School (0-2, 0-5) at Blair Academy (1-1, 3-2)
Though the Poopster would love to see Richie Tabarrini, Jack Overholt and the Rams get into the victory column, he's going to grudgingly side with the host Bucs. ... Blair 26-25.

Last year's record: 6-1 (85.7 percent)
Overall record: 47-17 (73.4 percent)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FOOTBALL: The Poopster's Week 8 picks

The Poopster is hoping to surge down the stretch.
It's Week 8 of the Mercury-area football season, and like a lot of squads, the Poopster is hoping to finish with a flourish. Here's his take on the weekend action:

Friday's games
Boyertown (4-2, 4-3) at Perkiomen Valley (6-0, 6-1)
While the Bears enter on a solid three-game win streak, the Poopster isn't about to go against Seth Jonassen, Liam Grande and the Vikings. ... Perkiomen Valley 35-19.

Methacton (4-2, 4-3) at Owen J. Roberts (1-4, 1-6)
The Poopster envisions a lot of big plays from Dontae Thomas, Louis Cotteta and the Warriors against the injury-plagued Wildcats. ... Methacton 43-14.

Pottsgrove (5-1, 5-2) at Phoenixville (1-5, 1-6)
Though the Phantoms gamely hung tough in an OT loss to Boyertown last week, the Poopster finds it hard to believe they can do the same against Mike Fowler, Torin Verdone and the Falcons. ... Pottsgrove 48-13.

Daniel Boone (2-2, 4-3) at Pottsville (0-4, 0-7)
The Blazers haven't been quite up to snuff in their battles against the elite Berks League Section 1, but the Poopster doesn't see Jonathan Charles, A.J. Spagnoletti and Co. having any such issues with the struggling Crimson Tide. ... Daniel Boone 42-12.

Saturday's games
Upper Perkiomen (2-4, 2-5) at Pottstown (1-4, 2-5)
In a battle of teams the Poopster has struggled to figure out, he's going to give a slight nod the defense of Brandon Tinson, Jimmi Zazzi and the Trojans against Mike Felix and the improving Tribe. ... Pottstown 19-13.

Pope John Paul II (1-5, 1-6) at Spring-Ford (4-2, 4-3)
The Poopster senses a rather one-sided affair in the battle of Rofo, with Brandon Leacraft, Brandon Barone and the Rams simply having too much ammunition for the Golden Panthers. ... Spring-Ford 56-7.

Hun School (1-0, 3-1) at Hill School (0-1, 0-4)
Virginia-bound Raiders running back Chris Sharp presents a formidable challenge for Bryce Allen, Tom Sivick and the Rams in what the Poopster believes will be another high-scoring affair. ... Hun School 42-27.

Last week's record: 6-2 (75.0 percent)
Overall record: 41-16 (71.9 percent)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FOOTBALL: The Poopster's Week 7 picks

The Poopster will try to keep the momentum going after a perfect week.

After a nondescript first six weeks, the Poopster finally got down to business last week, running the table on what was a pretty formful batch of games. He'll try to keep it going in Week 7:

Friday's games
Pottstown (1-3, 2-4) at Pottsgrove (4-1, 4-2)
It could be a rainy night in the neighborhood, which the Poopster thinks might give the Trojans a puncher's chance at an upset. But he's going to go with Patrick Finn, Mike Gantert and the Falcons on Homecoming night. ... Pottsgrove 28-13.

Phoenixville (1-4, 1-5) at Boyertown (3-2, 3-3)
The Poopster sees a lot of power running in this one from Mike Murphy, Mitch Warriner and the Bears, who are going for their third straight win. ... Boyertown 42-22.

Owen J. Roberts (1-3, 1-5) at Upper Perkiomen (1-4, 1-5)
The Indians are healing up and could be a handful for the Wildcats; the Poopster says it's now or never for the OJR offense to get on track. ... Owen J. Roberts 22-20.

Daniel Boone (2-1, 4-2) at Governor Mifflin (2-0, 5-1)
The Mustangs have ruled the Berks League Section 1 roost for a while now and have won 27 straight league games. The Poopster senses Paul Galanti and the Blazers can throw a scare into Akron-bound Jan Johnson and Co., but taking them down on the road is a tall order. ... Governor Mifflin 33-21.

Hill School (0-3) at Peddie (2-1)
The Rams have shown a lot of positives at the offensive end thus far, but the Poopster is concerned the Falcons' ground game might be a little too much to handle in this one. ... Peddie 36-28.

Saturday's games
Perkiomen Valley (5-0, 5-1) at Pope John Paul II (1-4, 1-5)
On a day when a lot of the students in the area will be taking SATs, the Poopster likes Ryan O'Donnell, Mike Holland and the Vikings to ace this league test. ... Perkiomen Valley 42-13.

Spring-Ford (3-2, 3-3) at Methacton (4-1, 4-2)
Though the Poopster is an orange guy, he's going to go green in this one and lean towards Conner Derrickson, Dylan Feaster and the Warriors against the dangerous Rams. ... Methacton 33-27.

Perkiomen School (4-1) at Academy of the New Church (5-0)
The Poopster envisions a lot of ground-and-pound in this one, and is going to give the nod to the Lions, who are averaging more than 47 points per game. ... Academy of the New Church 34-26.

Last week's record: 7-0 (100 percent)
Overall record: 35-14 (71.4 percent)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FOOTBALL: The Poopster's Week 6 picks

The Poopster is starting to hear it from the critics after two straight 5-3 weeks.
After two straight 5-3 weeks, the Poopster is beginning to feel the heat from critics and fans alike. Rumors are flying around that if the orange guy doesn't turn it around soon, his owner is considering handing over the prognostication duties to Spotty the stray cat. Here's his take on Week 6 of the Mercury-area action:

Thursday's games

Perkiomen Valley (4-0, 4-1) at Phoenixville (1-3, 1-4)
The Poopster is a big fan of the Vikings' Orange Crush defense, and believes David Williams, Taiyir Wilson and Co. will be too much to handle on both sides of the ball for the Phantoms, who snapped an eight-game losing streak by downing Pope John Paul II 24-6 last week. ... Perkiomen Valley 49-13.

Pennington School (2-2) at Perkiomen School (3-1)
In a matchup of two teams heading in opposite directions that feature vastly different offensive styles, the Poopster is going to go with the ground-based Panthers (who have won two straight) against the pass-happy Red Raiders (who have lost two in a row). ... Perkiomen School 26-19.

Friday's games

Pottsgrove (3-1, 3-2) at Owen J. Roberts (1-2, 1-4)
Whatever ailed the Falcons two weeks again in their loss to Methacton appears to have been rectified as quickly as the Poopster gobbles up a can of Fancy Feast, which is bad news for the Wildcats. ... Pottsgrove 55-15.

Upper Perkiomen (1-3, 1-4) at Spring-Ford (2-2, 2-3)
The Poopster feels that the Rams will be in ill humor after their second league loss in three weeks, and the hobbled Indians will wind up paying the price. ... Spring-Ford 49-6.

Reading (2-1, 3-2) at Daniel Boone (2-1, 3-2)
It's Homecoming at Brazinsky Stadium, where the Poopster's owner will likely be palling around with old Birdsboro Legion teammates like p.a. announcer Todd Peterson. In what should be a tight, tense battle between two programs eager for a breakout win, the orange guy is going to give the nod to the Blazers, possibly on a late Drew Kresge field goal. ... Daniel Boone 23-20.

Saturday's games

Boyertown (2-2, 2-3) at Pottstown (1-2, 2-3)
The Poopster knows that strange things happen in Saturday games, and isn't ruling out a Trojans victory. But when push comes to shove, he likes Hunter Vogels, Mike Murphy and the Bears to gain the upper hand. ... Boyertown 20-19.

Pope John Paul II (1-3, 1-4) at Methacton (3-1, 3-2)
This is another matchup of squads headed in opposite directions, and the Poopster doesn't see how the Golden Panthers can slow down Conner Derrickson, Dontae Thomas and the Warriors. ... Methacton 50-14.

Last week's record: 5-3 (62.5 percent)
Overall record: 28-14 (66.7 percent)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FOOTBALL: The Poopster's Week 5 picks

The Poopster will try to regain some momentum in Week 5.
After a brief surge, the Poopster's momentum slowed last week with a pedestrian 5-3 mark. The orange guy knows he has to do a better job, or else his owner will start limiting the Fancy Feast. Here's his take on Week 5 of the Mercury-area football scene:

Friday's games

Spring-Ford (2-1, 2-2) at Pottsgrove (2-1, 2-2)
The Poopster salutes the veterans who will be honored prior to the game as part of Military Appreciation Night at Pennypacker Field, and believes the Rams will have a slight edge in the trench warfare. ... Spring-Ford 20-14.

Pottstown (1-1, 2-2) at Perkiomen Valley (3-0, 3-1)
While the Trojans' defense of late has gotten the Poopster's attention, he thinks it will be too tall an order for them to take down David Williams, Sean Sedgewick and the Vikings, who appear to be clicking on all cylinders. ... Perkiomen Valley 34-13.

Methacton (2-1, 2-2) at Upper Perkiomen (1-2, 1-3)
Both the Warriors (who snapped Pottsgrove's 25-game league winning streak) and Indians (who halted a nine-game losing streak) are coming off victories of note. The Poopster likes what he's seen lately from the green machine on both sides of the ball. ... Methacton 41-20.

Owen J. Roberts (1-1, 1-3) at Boyertown (1-2, 1-3)
The Wildcats are on their fourth quarterback of the season and the Poopster senses that Juice Siejk, Dalton Hughes and the Bears are sitting on a big performance. ... Boyertown 27-17.

Daniel Boone (0-1, 2-2) at Muhlenberg (1-0, 1-3)
The Poopster heard there was a lot of yellow laundry on the field at Brazinsky Stadium last week, which torpedoed any hope of the Blazers taking down unbeaten Conrad Weiser. As long as the whistles don't get too out of hand again, he's giving the nod to Jon Passifione, Darius Hinton and Boone. ... Daniel Boone 24-20.

Saturday's games

Phoenixville (0-3, 0-4) at Pope John Paul II (1-2, 1-3)
The Poopster has no clue about this one. While he wouldn't mind seeing the injury-riddled Phantoms notch a win for first-year coach Evan Breisblatt, he's leaning ever-so-slightly toward Matt Duff, Matt Mesaros and the Golden Panthers. ... Pope John Paul II 21-19.

Nativity (2-2) at Perkiomen School (2-1)
Though the Green Wave (which beat Bucktail 46-30 Tuesday) will be playing its second game in five days, the Poopster is going to grudgingly go with the guys from the coal region in a tight one against David Juechter, Josh Cruz and the Panthers. ...  Nativity 23-22.

Hill School (0-2) at Springside Chestnut Hill (4-0)
Sound the air raid sirens for this one, says the Poopster, who feels that vaunted QB Paul Dooley and the Hillers will have too much weaponry for the Rams in another shootout. ... Springside Chestnut Hill 36-27.

Last week's record: 5-3 (62.5 percent)
Overall record: 23-11 (67.6 percent)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

FOOTBALL: The Poopster's Week 4 picks

The Poopster is starting to round into form.

After a rough couple of opening weeks forecasting the Mercury-area football action, the Poopster is starting to round back into form. The orange guy went 7-1 last week, but did fail to envision Perkiomen Valley's 20-7 win over Spring-Ford in the marquee game. Here are his thoughts about Week 4:


Boyertown (1-1, 1-2) at Spring-Ford (1-1, 1-2)
Rams quarterbacks Brandon Leacraft and Stone Scarcelle found themselves under siege last week against sack-happy PV, but the Poopster sees the high-octane S-F offense getting back on track this week. ... Spring-Ford 38-7.

Perkiomen Valley (2-0, 2-1) at Owen J. Roberts (1-0, 1-2)
It will be a proud night in Bucktown, as OJR dedicates Henry J. Bernat Field at Wildcat Stadium in honoring one of the area's most renowned coaches. But the Poopster is afraid the new scoreboard will reflect a lot of points for Tim Mallon, Taiyir Wilson and the Vikings. ... Perkiomen Valley 42-13.

Pope John Paul II (1-1, 1-2) at Upper Perkiomen (0-2, 0-3)
Though the Poopster believes this the best chance for first-year coach Tom Hontz and the Indians to snap a nine-game losing streak dating back to last year and win at home for the first time in nearly three seasons, he is going to ride the PJP train for one more stop and come down on the side of the Johnnies in a tight one. ... Pope John Paul II 27-25.

Conrad Weiser (3-0) at Daniel Boone (2-1)
The Poopster thinks Nick Hughes, Jonathan Charles and the Blazers have a real shot to notch a watershed win for third-year coach Bill Parks in their Berks League Section 1 opener, but just can't pull the trigger and will go with the Scouts and coach Alan Moyer - his owner's old Lebanon Valley League baseball teammate. ... Conrad Weiser 34-24.

Perkiomen School (1-1) at George School (0-2)
The Panthers have won the past 13 meetings in this series, and the Poopster has a feeling that trend will continue, though it won't be a blowout. ... Perkiomen School 26-13.


Pottsgrove (2-0, 2-1) at Methacton (1-1, 1-2)
The Poopster is well aware of how tough the Warriors have played the Falcons in recent years. That said, he's going to give the nod to coach Rick Pennypacker's crew against Methacton and dangerous offensive threat Louis Cotteta. ... Pottsgrove 28-21.

Phoenixville (0-2, 0-3) at Pottstown (0-1, 1-2)
The Phantoms showed marked improvement last week, when they came within a failed two-point conversion of beating Owen J. Roberts. The Poopster senses a knock-down, drag-out brawl with Zach Gallow, Matt Palubinsky and Phoenixville escaping with a W, perhaps on a Jose Rodriguez field goal ... Phoenixville 17-14.

Episcopal Academy (2-1) at Hill School (0-1)
In a game with much offensive weaponry on display, the Poopster says take the over and will lean towards the Churchmen. .... Episcopal Academy 37-28.

Last week's record: 7-1 (87.5 percent)
Overall record: 18-8 (69.2 percent)