One of the intriguing aspects in Berks football is how the teams in the county matchup against teams from other leagues. This season’s non-league slate features plenty of key games that will test the county’s strength on the gridiron. Let’s look at some key week one non-league games in Berks Football for 2013.
Governor Mifflin vs. Wilson
The matchup is the cream of the crop on the non-league schedule. In addition, the Mifflin-Wilson rivalry is arguably the best in Berks. Wilson won both meetings last season, 21-0 in week 1 and 21-14 in the District 3-AAAA semifinals. Those games were at Gurski Stadium. Mifflin hosts Wilson in Shillington to kick-off the season and the Mustangs hope to avenge both defeats from 2012.
Reading vs. J.P. McCaskey
The former Lancaster-Lebanon League foes resume their rivalry. Last year’s contest was a thriller as the Red Knights emerged victorious 23-20 at McCaskey Stadium. Julious Young-Trapp took a pitch 65 yards into the end zone with 8:41 remaining to give the Red Knights the lead and the win. Young-Trapp and the Red Knights will return for an encore performance at Shirk Stadium.
Schuylkill Valley vs. Pottstown
Out of the many Berks Football League/PAC-10 non-league games on the calendar, this is the most intriguing matchup. Schuylkill Valley led the county in offense over the last two seasons, including 409.8 yards per game in 2012. The Panthers are expected to score points in coach Jeff Chillot’s offense, but the Trojans can score as well. Pottstown had one of the PAC-10’s top offenses in 2012. Both teams had seniors at multiple skill positions last season and are looking to replace them with top talent in 2013.