Conrad Weiser (2-0) at Fleetwood (1-1)
The Scouts are coming off a huge win over the defending Class AA champion Wyomissing last week.
Quarterback Aiden Brosious has excelled as the starting quarterback in Alan Moyer’s offense. Brosious has rushed for 211 yards and six touchdowns in two games for Weiser.
Alex Guilbe adds to the Scouts high-powered rushing attack. He leads Weiser in rushing yards with 315.
The Scouts will pound the football until a team can stop them. Through two games, no team has come close.
Fleetwood suffered a demoralizing loss in the final seconds to Donegal last week, which prevented them from a 2-0 start. A win this week would send a statement to the rest of Section 2 that the team is a force to be reckoned with.
Tyler Emge is emerging as one of the county’s best running backs. Emge has rushed for 304 yards and two touchdowns to lead Fleetwood’s balanced offense.
The Tigers have a potent passing game to balance the rushing attack. Zach Koenig has 307 passing yards with three touchdowns while top target Michael Allen has 127 receiving yards with two touchdowns.
Conrad Weiser is one of the top teams in Section 1, while Fleetwood is on the upside in Section 2. This cross-section matchup will be an intriguing one.
Conrad Weiser 38, Fleetwood 21
The Saints high-powered rushing attack went back to work last week in a 48-6 win over Twin Valley.
Berks Catholic accumulated for 221 yards on the ground highlighted by Marcus Wilson’s 91, which included a 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The Saints are third in rushing offense in Section 2. Expect them to pound the ball again in New Paris.
Berks Catholic’s defense has also played big this season, allowing 13 points in two games and scoring two defensive touchdowns.
The Lions are coming off their first win of the season, a 23-13 victory over West Carrick. The player to watch is quarterback Beau Bosch, who had three touchdowns and rushed for 112 yards in last week’s win.
Noah Osman is the key defensive player for Chestnut Ridge. He has two interceptions this season. Berks Catholic would be wise to not throw the ball his way.
If the Saints can keep Bosch in the pocket and strop the Chestnut Ridge ground game, they’ll be heading home from Western PA 3-0.
Berks Catholic 34, Chestnut Ridge 17
Another year, another dominant rushing attack for Schuylkill Valley early in the season.
The Panthers possess two of Section 2’s best running backs in Nick Scheidt and Ed Shuttleworth. Scheidt leads the section in rushing (396 yards) while Shuttleworth is fourth (203 yards).
Head coach Jeff Chillot will utilize the ground game to control the time of possession and wear down the Annville-Cleona defense.
The Dutchmen are coming off a tough 25-22 loss to Hamburg, in which they allowed a field goal to go through the uprights in the final seconds.
Troy Alexander caught two passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the loss. The Panthers secondary will have to contain him in order to eliminate the passing game.
Schuylkill Valley is riding a lot of momentum heading into this one, while the Dutchmen are not.
Schuylkill Valley 41, Annville-Cleona 20
The Hawks return to Hamburg after a thrilling 25-22 victory over Annville-Cleona in week two. Tyler Seidel kicked the game-winner from 20 yards out to keep the Hawks unbeaten.
Joey Cominsky, the Section 2 passing leader, is unavailable for the game after being ejected during last week’s win over the Dutchmen.
Nick Kuhn will start in place for Cominsky. Kuhn is 2-for-6 for 23 yards with a touchdown and an interception this season.
Cody Miller is having a torrid start to the season in Joe Sinkovich’s offense. Miller has 177 rushing yards, 233 receiving yards and five touchdowns for the Hawks. He is the go-to back in this offense.
The Hawks will need to play better on defense as they allowed 76 points in their first two games. A start to a defensive turnaround would be containing Vikings quarterback Issac Ray.
Ray has accumulated 293 yards of offense (177 rushing, 116 passing) with five touchdowns this season. He provides the majority of the offense for Northern Lebanon.
The Vikings suffered a tough one point loss in week two. They are hungry for a win. Without Cominsky, the Hawks offense won’t be as dynamic. They need to score 30 to beat Northern Lebanon. Unsure if they can with their losses at the skill positions.
Northern Lebanon 28, Hamburg 21
The Cougars were 3:54 away from winning their first game (non-forefit) since 2010 last week. This is a huge sign that Kutztown will be a competitive football team in 2013.
Zach Sessions and Nate Oronofsky have brought life to the Kutztown offense with a potent running game. Sessions has rushed for 193 yards this season while Oronofsky has 160. The Cougars offense will go as far as these two can take them.
Panther Valley struggled mightily last week against Schuylkill Valley. The Panthers only had one touchdown and 223 yards of offense in the 46-7 defeat.
Richard Nase had 101 yards of offense (81 rushing, 20 receiving) for Panther Valley last week. He will receive the majority of the carries for the Panthers in this one.
Kutztown is steadily improving, which was once an afterthought for the program. Without an efficient passing game on the road, Panther Valley will be a tough test.
Panther Valley 27, Kutztown 24