The Bulldogs improved to 4-0 on the season with their 46-6 win over JP McCaskey on Friday. QB Matt Timochenko has been one of the best passing quarterbacks in the area.
The Eagles jump 3 spots in our rankings this week following a very impressive win over Conrad Weiser. Manny Soto had a breakout performance on Friday. If Soto can consistently contribute, he can be the weapon that Exeter needs to balance their offense alongside Chase Yocum.
The Muhls have consistently taken care of business so far this season, though Muhlenberg still remains relatively untested, having faced several smaller schools. The defense led by Eli Quinter, Dakota Thompson, and Brock Stoudt, has now pitched 2 shutouts and the Muhls have the highest point differential in Berks County. In the coming weeks, Muhlenberg will look to prove their worth against better competition.
The Saints faced their toughest test this past week against a good Columbia team. They will now begin Section 2 play, with hopes of grabbing the league crown. With a three-headed rushing attack featuring Chris Warren, Cooper Kutz, and Pop Lacey, Berks Catholic may have one of the more balanced offenses in the county, while their defense continues to dominate.
The Scouts took a tough loss at Exeter this week. However, their running game, defense, and special teams play continues to impress. Aidan Brosious, Alex Guilbe and the rest of the Scouts will look to bounce back when they play Daniel Boone on Friday. They still are among the best teams in the area.
Nick Scheidt has been nothing short of amazing this season on both sides of the ball, leading the Panthers to a perfect 4-0 record. Schuylkill Valley will face a much improved Fleetwood team this weekend as they look to continue their winning ways.
The Mustangs continue to walk the fine line between contender and pretender or Jeckyl and Hyde. They have yet to play a close game, either winning or losing by a large margin. They will face a very good Exeter team on Friday. A win against the Eagles would put the Mustangs back where most expected at the top of the Berks Section 1 rankings.
The Spartans were desperately in need of Section 2 play to start after struggling with their non-conference schedule. They will play one final non-conference game this week against Panther Valley. This years Spartans are much different from the Class AA State Champs of a year ago. However, anytime a team is coached by Bob Wolfrum, we have confidence they can find their way into the win column quite often.
The Crimson Tide have been very impressive this year, and may have already surpassed expectations given their changes at head coach. However, Tyler Moser, Darion Jacoby, and Travis Blankenhorn continue to run a very smooth offense. The Tide will face their toughest test on Friday at Muhlenberg.
The Tigers are just one win away from equaling last season’s win total. Coach Martinez and this year’s Fleetwood team are much improved. QB Zach Koenig has been one of the best passers in all of Berks County. Michael Allen has impressed in the running, receiving, and return games, while Tyler Emge is among the league’s best two-way players. The Tigers will hope to ride the momentum from their 52-7 win over Hamburg into Saturday’s game against unbeaten Schuylkill Valley.
The Hawks won their first three games by a total of 7 points, but it seems that their luck ran out when they got blown out by Fleetwood on Friday. With all the distractions swirling around Hamburg, their game against winless Kutztown couldn’t come any sooner.
12. Blue Mountain (0-1, 1-3) [-1]
The Eagles have actually been very competitive in their three losses this season. They will look to build their resume with a win over Berks Catholic, but that certainly won’t come easy. QB Shane Grapsy and RB Will Bornstein have been among the best at their positions this season.
The Red Knights win over JP McCaskey feels like an eternity ago. They have really struggled the past 3 weeks. However, they won’t be facing the Wilsons and Cocalicos of the world in the coming weeks, but with some powers emerging in Section 1, it won’t be easy for Reading.
The Blazers have struggled in the early going, largely due to injuries. While Boone got their most dynamic player Xavier Smith back, they lost leading receiver Tommy Pufnock. QB Nick Hughes will have to look elsewhere when passing the ball against Conrad Weiser Friday, when the Blazers hope to see their stock rise.
15. Boyertown (1-2, 2-2) [-3]
The Bears won their first two games in impressive fashion, but they have looked far from impressive over the last two, losing by a total of 65 points. They face a winless Owen J Roberts squad on Friday, as they hope to get back in the win column.
The Raiders held a very powerful Muhlenberg team scoreless in the first quarter Friday.
The Cougars suffered their worst loss of the season to Schuylkill Valley on Friday. They will play a Hamburg team who suffered an equally bad loss to Fleetwood, in search of their first win.