Sunday, September 2, 2012


By Don Seeley

The Pioneer Athletic Conference was a disappointing 2-8 against non-league opponents in WEEK ONE ... For the record, that computes into a .200 winning percentage - the worst of any opening week mark for Pioneer Athletic Conference teams since the league's inaugural season kicked off in 1986.

Pottsgrove (35-0 over Norristown) and Spring-Ford (31-20 over District 11 Whitehall) - the two teams everyone seems to be picking to battle for the PAC-10 title this season - were the lone winners. The Falcons' romp was no surprise. Not at all, because they could may not only contend for the league title but yet another District 1-AAA title as well, and Norristown isn't only lacking experience but numbers as well. Spring-Ford looked like the team it was supposed to be with a few question marks on the defensive side, at least early on. But the Rams made a few adjustments, stepped up and scored 18 unanswered fourth-quarter points to beat a Whitehall team that was ranked No. 2 in its district and appeared as a "Team to Watch" in at least two statewide preseason polls.

Speaking of defense, that will likely be the focus when practice resumes Monday for the coaching staffs at Boyertown (after allowing 48 points to C.B. East), Owen J. Roberts (49 to Conestoga), Methacton (35 to Souderton), Pottstown (34 to Schuykill Valley) and Upper Perkiomen (51 to Quakertown).

According to reports, Phoenixville didn't play as badly as the 13-point loss to Great Valley may indicate. Also, Perkiomen Valley was in a position to take the lead from Plymouth-Whitemarsh in the waning moments before faltering.

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Outside the PAC-10, Daniel Boone will be searching for a few defensive answers, too. The Blazers gave up 40 to a good Cocalico team, and now face what can be a very explosive Spring-Ford offense this Friday.

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Looking ahead, the PAC-10 season officially opens its 27th season this coming weekend with two games on Friday (Boyertown at Upper Perkiomen and PJP at Pottsgrove) and one game on Saturday (Perkiomen Valley at Methacton). ... Phoenixville, Pottstown and Spring-Ford have non-league games and will jump into the PAC-10 portion of their schedules the following week (Sept. 14-15).

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