This week, BerksIC.com has chosen Saturday’s matchup between Muhlenberg and Wyomissing as our BIC Sports Game of the Week. Last season the Spartans defeated the Muhls 34-7 in Laureldale.
The Spartans will play their first game on their home turf Saturday, following renovations to fix a sinkhole. Wyomissing was forced to play their first home game at Don Thomas Stadium at Exeter week one, a 29-15 win over Schuylkill Haven.
However, the Spartans did not fare well in their first road test Friday at Conrad Weiser, falling 35-7.
This week, the Spartans will look to put that loss behind them as they head into their final non-divisional matchup.
Leading the way for the Spartans will be junior quarterback Scott Kuczala, who has thrown for 214 yards and 2 touchdowns thus far. Kuczala’s best compliment is junior halfback Thomas Paolini, who leads the team in rushing (117 yards), receiving (109 yards), and touchdowns (2). Expect seniors Bryan Weber and Sean Smith to get the ball often as well.
Defensively, the Spartans have been led by sophomore Brandon Workman, who leads the team in tackles. Logan Jones and Cody Cox have both done a good job up front but need to improve in their run defense if they hope to beat Muhlenberg this week.
Meanwhile, the Muhls will leave their home field for the first time this season. Laureldale has been especially kind to the Muhls so far this fall, as they have outscored opponents 91-7 on their way to a 2-0 record.
The Muhls top offensive weapon in the early going has been senior running back Ben Ortiz. Ortiz has rushed 32 times for 356 yards and 7 touchdowns. Ortiz is not alone in the running game either. Anthony Jenkins has run for 116 yards on just 11 carries, grabbing two touchdowns as well.
Senior quarterback Antonieo Dominguez has completed 13 of his 16 pass attempts for 232 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing 8 times for 123 yards and two scores. Dominguez’s top target is All-Berks wide receiver Elias Quinter, who has caught 7 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown in the early going.
On defense, the Muhls are led by a strong linebacking core that includes Dakota Thompson, Darryl Ellison, and Brock Stoudt. Up front, Muhlenberg sees contributions from Diego Rodriguez and Jake Hess.
Perhaps the only thing the Muhls have struggled with so far this season is discipline. They are among the most penalized teams in Berks County, seeing 21 flags for 190 yards. If they hope to knock off the reigning Class AA State Champions, Coach Kolka will need to see his team play smarter.
Overall, we are in for a real treat when these teams square off Saturday.
Prediction: Muhlenberg 31, Wyomissing 23