Pottstown at Schuylkill Valley
The Panthers begin a new era of football under Jeff Chillot, with an offense that graduated 11 starters from the 2012 squad.
Tanner White, Nick Scheidt and Tanner Mish are the three players to watch tonight. White will play quarterback in his first varsity start at the position. Scheidt finished third on the team in rushing with 572 yards last season and scored seven touchdowns. Mish had nine catches for 135 yards in 2012.
Pottstown opens the season with a new head coach. Don Grinstead takes over for Brett Myers, who took the head coaching position at Middletown in the offseason.
The Trojans will have plenty of speed on the outside, led by Denzel Harvey and Dayon Mohler. Gary Wise takes over at quarterback.
Pottstown plans to run a triple option attack in attempting to improve on a six win campaign last season, which was the Trojans most since they won the PAC-10 title in 2002.
This game will be high-scoring and could come down to the final possession, but the Trojans have more experience and can wear down a defense quickly in Grinstead’s offense.
Pottstown 35, Schuylkill Valley 31
The Hawks begin a season of high expectations with Joey Cominsky returning at QB. Cominsky missed all of last season with an injury.
Hamburg returns one of its 1,000-yard backs last season, Joey Raffensberger, who scored 12 touchdowns in 2012.
Cody Miller returns at receiver and will be Cominsky’s big play threat on the outside. The Hawks lost Dalton Hoagland at tackle after he transferred to Berks Catholic.
Elco lost 17 starters from last year’s .500 team. Their player to watch is 1,000-yard back Cameron Strause.
Hamburg and Hawk Nation will ride the momentum of Cominsky’s return tonight.
Hamburg 24, ELCO 7
The Tigers have one of the league’s best two-way players in Tyler Emge, who will line up at running back and linebacker this season. Emge is seeking to be the first 1,000-yard back in Fleetwood history.
Jake Wapinsky will be the top target for quarterback Zach Koenig, who takes over for Stephen Hilborn. Wapinsky is expected to have a strong sophomore season after leading the Tigers with 11 catches and 179 yards in 2012.
Octorara won one game last season and finished at the bottom of the Ches-Mont League American Division. Alex Gooden returns as quarterback for the Braves.
Fleetwood controlled Octorara in the trenches last season. Expect the same tonight.
Fleetwood 28, Octorara 14
The Cougars host the District 1/12-A champions tonight with a similar look from last season.
Bryce Galczynski returns at quarterback for Kutztown. Galczynski is a dual-threat at the position and makes the Cougars offense go.
Nate Oronofsky and Zach Sessions will split carries for Kutztown, which will be a threat on the ground and can control the time of possession.
Mike and Nate Moyer will be relied upon to stop Bristol running back Dante Simmons, who is a Division I recruit. Simmons has received interest from Penn State, Nebraska and Temple.
Quarterback Trevor Leone also returns from last year’s championship team with his strong arm.
The Cougars will struggle to stop Simmons, but at least some top recruits will be there.
Bristol 49, Kutztown 17