This week’s game of the week features two of the early powers in Section 1. The Exeter Eagles come into this game a perfect 4-0 (1-0). Last week, the Eagles knocked off another one of the early favorites in Conrad Weiser. This week they will travel to Shillington to challenge last year’s champion: Governor Mifflin. The Mustangs have had some struggles in the early going, posting a 2-2 (1-0) record. However, the Mustangs did the exact same last season, before finishing as Section 1 champions. They hope they have righted the ship after a 28-0 win over Daniel Boone last week.
The Mustangs come into the game with an experienced quarterback in Jan Johnson. Johnson, a junior, was among the best quarterbacks and overall playmakers in Berks County during his sophomore campaign. This season, Jan has struggled at times passing the ball, posting just a 37 percent completion rate. However, Johnson’s legs still work fine, as he has rushed for a team best 311 yards through 4 games. Complimenting Johnson in the backfield is emerging junior running back Wilson Fontanez. Fontanez has rushed for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns so far this fall. Perhaps the X-factor lies within junior RB/WR Aric Dupell, who has 147 total yards and 5 touchdowns. Dupell has also been the anchor of the Mustangs secondary.
Leading the Mustangs defensively are defensive lineman Connor Morehart and linebacker Darren Schlegel. They hope to continue to force turnovers and get to opposing quarterbacks.
For the visiting Eagles, junior QB Chase Yocum has been among the biggest surprises in the Berks Football League. He has all the poise and leadership of a three year starter, despite having just gotten the job this year. Yocum has passed for 344 yards and 3 touchdowns, while rushing for a team best 332 yards and 9 touchdowns. Last week, the Eagles saw a breakout performance from running back Manny Soto, who carried for 159 of his 319 yards, as well as 2 of his 3 touchdowns. If Soto can continue to compliment Yocum in that type of capacity, the Eagles will be the team to beat in Section 1, and possibly beyond.
Defensively, sophomore Michal Menet and senior Marc Gonzalez have held down the line for Exeter, applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks on nearly every dropback. Sophomore Nathaniel Weber has been great at his linebacker position for the Eagles as well. In the secondary, the Eagles have been led by Ethan Lutz who has a league high 3 interceptions.
This Friday’s matchup will certainly be a treat to watch. Whichever defense is most capable of shutting down their opponent’s mobile quarterback will likely get the win.
Prediction: Exeter 25, Mifflin 21