|Phoenixville's Kyle Karkoska dives to try to tackle Exeter's Matt Connelly during Friday's game. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)|
By Barry Sankey
PHOENIXVILLE — Scholastic football is loaded with players who make up for a lack of physical size with their extensive heart, toughness and desire to play the game.
Phoenixville features a couple of players who fill that job description perfectly. Senior Sean Hesser, who played along the defensive line last year, is now starting at running back and defensive back. He stands 5-foot-7 and is listed at 155 pounds. Senior teammate Brian Madden plays fullback and inside linebacker as a 5-7, 145-pounder. He also saw a lot of playing time last year as the Phantoms made their run to the District 1-AAA championship game.
Hesser and Madden were two of the Phantoms’ many standout players during Friday night’s 28-20 non-league victory over Exeter from the Berks Football League as Phoenixville celebrated Military Appreciation Night.
Phoenixville (1-1) scored at the end of the first half to go into intermission with a 14-14 tie against the Eagles and then went ahead in the third period on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Chris Demey to Ryan Yenchick off a fake punt call. Hesser scored two touchdowns on the night on runs of 7 and 47 yards and closed the evening with 91 yards on just five carries.