LOCAL FOOTBALL FORECAST ... By Don Seeley
After a humbling 5-6 start to the season, the old fella is right back at it in Week Two. Here we go:
Boyertown at Upper Perkiomen: Boyertown didn't struggle moving the ball, only stopping it - or what Upper Perkiomen, as young a team as there is in the area, experienced as well on opening night. Boyertown has just enough experience to come back from it ... Going with the BEARS.
Exeter at Phoenixville: Exeter has a Division I recruit in quarterback Kyle Yocum, who can run as well as throw the football extremely well, and he also has some bona fide talent around him. Phoenixville, with as challenging a preseason sked as anyone, is still trying to get everyone - from its youngsters to its veteran talent like Ryan Pannella and Ryan Yenchick - on the same page ... Going with the EAGLES.
Penn Wood at Pottstown: Penn Wood must get a running game going or it could be a long night, if only because Pottstown has a good pass rush and solid secondary ... Going with the TROJANS.
Pope John Paul II at Pottsgrove: PJP needed a half to get its offense, or its passing game, untracked last week against Berks Catholic. If the Golden Panthers give James Bleming enough time to throw tonight, they may move the ball. But it'll be tough to find the end zone enough times to keep pace with the swift Pottsgrove offense ... Going with the FALCONS.
Rustin at Owen J. Roberts: Rustin has proven in recent years it doesn't much matter if they rebuild or reload, it's one very competitive team. Defense will give, but offense may be a bit too much for a young OJR defense. If OJR avoids the mistakes, this could be a very close game - or an upset perhaps ... Going with the KNIGHTS.
Spring-Ford at Daniel Boone: Spring-Ford showed a very productive and balanced offense against Whitehall despite allowing four sacks, three from the outside. But those running and passing numbers could get even better against a rebuilding Daniel Boone defense. ... Going with the RAMS.
Perkiomen Valley at Methacton: As good a game as there is this weekend. Both were preseason picks to contend for a PAC-10 title this season, and both stumbled in their non-league openers last Friday night. On paper looks like a dead-even matchup, but Methacton will be without one of its two-way playmakers in due to a concussion. Mother Nature, if she rains down on this one as forecasted, won't make it any easier for either team in their quest for the Battle Ax Trophy, either. Could go OT. ... Going with the VIKINGS.
Don't forget to check back here every Friday for Seeley's Picks (or guesses).