Friday, October 12, 2012

Pottsgrove wary of streaking Owen J. Roberts

By Don Seeley

LOWER POTTSGROVE — When Owen J. Roberts opened the year with a young and very inexperienced lineup, a few injuries to the very few returning starters it had, and three lopsided losses, it sure seemed as though it was going to be a long, long season of football over in Bucktown.
Apparently someone forgot to mention that to the Wildcats.
Without a win much less any noticeable swagger in their step, they beat Phoenixville — an upset for sure, an absolute shocker to most. They followed that up with two more wins.
All of a sudden, OJR is 3-1 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. All of a sudden, OJR is just one game back of unbeaten co-leaders Perkiomen Valley and Pottsgrove.
And no one is aware of that more — other than the Wildcats, of course — than Pottsgrove head coach Rick Pennypacker.
“OJR is scary every year,” said Pennypacker, whose unbeaten Falcons (5-0, 6-0 overall) host the Wildcats tonight. “They always battle us, and we don’t expect anything different this time, either.”
The Wildcats’ turnaround has been underlined by an offense that has nearly doubled its production in yards gained and points scored between the first three and last three games. Wyatt Scott has gone of the 200-yard mark twice to put some spunk into the run game, and quarterback Jarrad Pinelli has been lighting it up (and setting records with tosses to Matt Raymond) to put some pep into the pass game — a rarity in the storied history of the OJR program.

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