Governor Mifflin has established itself as a Berks Football League powerhouse over the last decade. The Mustangs have consistently been one of the top teams in Section 1 each season.
Over the last three seasons, the Mustangs have won three Section 1 titles with a 20-1 record in league play. Gov. Mifflin has six titles in the last seven years under head coach Mick Vecchio.
With All-Berks tackle Connor Morehart and quarterback Jan Johnson leading the way, the Mustangs option offense should once again flourish in 2013.
As for the defense, Gov. Mifflin is expected be one of the best in Berks this season. The Mustangs return seven starters from the county’s third-ranked defense in 2012.
Thursday will be Gov. Mifflin’s final tune-up before they begin their quest for a fourth consecutive Section 1 title.
Here is a breakdown of our BIC Sports Football Game of the Week:
Last Year’s Record: 10-3 (7-0 in Section 1)
Playoffs: Lost to Wilson 21-14 in District 3-AAAA Semifinals
Players to Watch
Offense: QB Jan Johnson (51-99, 857 yards, 11 TD, 4 INT; 159 carries, 934 yards, 16 TD); RB Aric Dupell (27 carries, 215 yards; 2 catches, 19 yards; 4 TD); RB Jonas Fiant (32 carries, 157 yards; 1 TD); RB Kyle Perez (1 carry, 9 yards); WR Salvatore DelVecchio (2 catches, 70 yards, TD); WR Brett Chambers (4 catches, 66 yards, 2 TD); T Connor Morehart.
Defense: DL Connor Morehart (37 tackles, 1 fumble recovery); DL Jared Gill (4 tackles); DL Keith Miller (13 tackles); DL Garrett Henry (18 tackles); LB Jonas Fiant (25 tackles, 1 fumble recovery) DB Brett Chambers (26 tackles, 1 INT); DB Jan Johnson (32 tackles).
What to Watch For
Mifflin Running Backs
Tommy DePaul and Ryan Barbon, both All-Berks selections last season, are gone. Replacing them will be Aric Dupell, Jonas Fiant and Kyle Perez in Vecchio’s mid-option offense. The Mustangs have produced a number of 1,000-yard backs under Vecchio (five to be exact) and Johnson could be the next. Dupell, Fiant and Perez won’t have to light up the stat sheet, but provide extra options for Johnson.
Mustangs’ Defensive Line
Gov. Mifflin’s front four has the potential to be the best in the county. Connor Morehart anchors the unit with his 6’4” 270-lb. frame. Morehart, a Temple recruit, has the ability to reach a double-digit sack total in 2013. Keith Miller, Garrett Henry and Jared Gill join Morehart on the line. Each player is taller than 6’2” and weighs over 270-lbs, which adds up to a huge defensive front four. The Mustangs shouldn’t have an issue overpowering offensive lines, but will they have the speed to get to the quarterback?
Is the offense ready for Wilson?
This scrimmage is Gov. Mifflin’s last test before their showdown against the Wilson Bulldogs in Shillington next Friday. The Mustangs have some question marks on offense, but hope they are answered tonight. After Johnson and Morehart, the offense does not have too much varsity experience. That has been the case heading into many seasons under Vecchio, but positions have been usually settled by week one and carry over throughout the season. Gov. Mifflin averaged 30 points per game in 2012 and is expected to be around that mark again.