Thursday, November 8, 2012

Week 11 Non-League Capsules

(Compiled by Don Seeley)

Records: Great Valley is 6-4 after a 55-26 win over Sun Valley. Pottstown is 4-6 following a 45-27 loss to Methacton.
Inside the lines: Great Valley is led by quarterback Chris Geiss, who is among the Ches-Mont League’s leading rushers with 998 yards. He has also thrown for 715 yards and 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions. His favorite receiver of late has been Sean Fitzpatrick. Max Burgess backs up Geiss with 550 yards and five touchdowns running the ball. Defense has gotten a boost from hard-rushing Ray Colon. … Pottstown is led by quarterback Sage Reinhart, who has thrown for an area-high 1,800 yards with 15 touchdowns against just five interceptions. Five different receivers have caught passes in eight of the Trojans’ 10 games. They are Monroe Hampton (26 catches), Denzel Harvey (21), Dayon Mohler (19), Antonio Moore (19) and Darrius Bookhard (17). Hampton leads the run game (895 yards, 18 TDs). On defense, Mohler has four picks and teammates Derrick Wilson and Moore have two sacks apiece.
Notes: Great Valley leads the series, 20-18. … Trojans won the last meeting with Great Valley, 42-0, in 2001 – the Patriots final season in the PAC-10. … Patriots are scoring 28.2 points and allowing 20.2 points a game. They got hit with 12 penalties for 150 yards against Bishop Shanahan two weeks ago. … Pottstown, which averages over 365 yards a game on offense, is fourth in the area in scoring (29.4 points a game) but next-to-last in points allowed (40.7).

Records: Perkiomen Valley is 7-3 after a 42-28 loss to Spring-Ford. Saucon Valley is 4-6 following a 16-0 shutout of Palisades.
Inside the lines: Perkiomen Valley’s no-huddle offense centers around quarterback Rasaan Stewart, who has run for 1,078 yards and 19 touchdowns and passed for 1,404 yards and nine more scores. Running back Mark Bonomo (905 yards) gives the Vikings a second threat on the ground. Clay Domine leads the area with 49 catches and 799 yards, but Stewart has also gone consistently to Dakota Clanagan, Dayon Mitchell and Bonomo. Defense has gotten 4.5 sacks each from Anthony Pachella and Danny Light, and three from Mike Reiner. … Saucon Valley is led by workhorse running back Nick Savant, who has 69 carries and 466 yards in his last two games (1,219 on the season) behind a solid offensive line that features center Matt Ehritz, guards Tom Misiak and Tyler Kehs, and tackles Marco Santiago and John Amber. Matt Laub also gets his share of carries from quarterback Keith Mosher, who has thrown for more than 100 yards in four games. Nathaniel Schriffert has a strong leg, booming a 41-yard field goal last week.
Notes: First meeting between the two teams. … The Panthers compete in the Colonial League as a District 11-AAA team. Five of their six losses were to opponents who are playing in the postseason. … Stewart leads the area in total yards with 2,482. … Perkiomen Valley finished just one spot out of the Top 16 in the District 1-AAAA playoff points standings. … The Vikings have produced an area-high 4,118 yards of offense despite 15 turnovers and 51 penalties that have cost them 403 yards. … Saucon Valley, which opened with three straight losses, had a 34-6 lead halftime lead against Wilson Boro two weeks ago, but lost 40-34 in overtime.

Records: Souderton is 6-4 after an 11-10 loss to North Penn. Boyertown is 3-7 following a 42-14 win over Owen J. Roberts.
Inside the lines: Souderton is primarily a run-oriented team with Anthony Williams (826 yards, 16 TDs), Dan Knight (627-4 TDs) and Jarrett Reinhard (539-5 TDs). Quarterback A.J. Curotto has thrown for 593 yards and four scores, with most of his tosses going to Kyle Wenger (25 catches, 512 yards). Wenger is also a key on defense with five picks and seven passes defended. Marcus Miller has four sacks, while Reinhard has another 3.5 for the Indians’ defense, which has allowed just three teams to score more than once in a game this season. … Boyertown offense has picked up significantly the past two weeks with the run game going over 300 yards in each game. Cody Richmond (899 yards), Matt Moccia (737) and Eric Heller (562) have led the rush, while quarterback Griffin Pasik’s recent surge throwing the ball has him within 48 yards of 1,000 on the season. Gray Garber is having a banner season with six sacks, and sophomore Dalton Hughes came up with three interceptions last week.
Notes: Boyertown leads the series, 3-0, winning 15-7 in 1953; 19-0 in 1954; and 20-6 in 1990. … Prior to last week’s setback, Souderton’s only other losses were to Unionville (8-2), C.B. South (9-1) and Pennridge (9-1) – all District 1-AAAA playoff qualifiers. … Souderton, which has intercepted 10 passes and recovered 10 fumbles, is plus-nine in takeaways. … Boyertown wideout Nick Brough is among the area leaders in receptions with 24 for 462 yards. Teammate Justin Siejk, a sophomore defensive back, leads the team in tackles.

Records: Upper Merion is 1-9 after a 24-14 loss to Upper Dublin. Owen J. Roberts is 3-7 following a 42-14 loss to Boyertown.
Inside the lines: Upper Merion quarterback Carmen Fortino is 84 of 202 for 1,514 yards and 17 touchdowns, but has been intercepted 18 times. He has spread it around to Connor McGrath (25 receptions, 453 yards), Michael Grant (24-511) and three other receivers with at least 14 catches. Running back Hassan Gardner has run for 1,240 yards and 11 touchdowns. But despite the play of Tyreice Jennerette (36 tackles, 2 picks) and Ryan Marquez (4.5 sacks), the Vikings are allowing 37.6 points a game. … OJR defense needs a pick me up. After getting back to 3-3, the team has allowed an average of 44.8 points in a four-game tailspin. Offense has an excellent one-two punch with running back Wyatt Scott (920 yards) and quarterback Jarrad Pinelli (1,369 yards passing). Jay Thomas, Kyle Hinrichs and Will Bradford have been Pinelli’s main targets since record-breaking Matt Raymond went down two weeks ago with a broken ankle. OJR defense has gotten three sacks from John Raser.
Notes: First meeting between the two schools. … Six of Upper Merion’s nine losses were to opponents with winning records – and five of those six teams will be playing in this week’s postseason playoffs. … Upper Merion lost its first five games, beat Springfield-Montco (42-12), then lost its next four. … OJR, one of the area’s leaders in interceptions last year, has just one this season and is a minus-15 in takeaways.

Records: Methacton is 5-5 after a 45-27 win over Pottstown. Norristown is 1-9 following a 42-13 loss to Cheltenham.
Inside the lines: Methacton is back to .500 thanks to three straight wins, all underlined by an offense that has produced 1,157 yards in that stretch. Quarterback Brandon Bossard has thrown for 1,026 yards and 12 touchdowns, and has run for a team-high 577 yards and another six scores. Dillon Alderfer and Cooper Given have been Bossard’s two favorite receivers. Mike Cassidy and Dillen White handle most of the running chores. Defense is getting big plays from Tom Collis (4 sacks). Chris He, Jeremy Reid and Nick Torcini. Given and Kyle Lowery each have three interceptions for the Warriors, who have 12 overall as a team. … Norristown has been in a tailspin, losing its last six and scoring only seven touchdowns in the six-game span. The quarterback is Sonny Brewer, who throws a lot to Joe Smith and Darius Wills. Corey Adams, Curtis Pardea and Wills anchor the offense, which allows 28.1 points a game.
Notes: Norristown leads the series, 16-10-2. … The Eagles won the last meeting between the two schools, 15-14, in 2006. … Norristown’s only win this season was a 27-20 decision of neighboring Upper Merion. … A Methacton win would give the Warriors back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since successive 7-4 runs in 1997 and 1998. They need 43 points to match the program’s highest-scoring season. That was back in 2000, when head coach George Marinkov – now an assistant under Paul Lepre – guided his team to a school-record 265.

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