Schuylkill Valley (1-0, 4-0) at Fleetwood (1-0, 2-2)
The Panthers continue to run on all eight cylinders after a 46-0 win over Kutztown to open Section 2 play.
Nick Scheidt had another dominating performance on the ground (141 yards, three TD’s), but the passing game had its finest performance of the season.
Tanner White completed 11-of-14 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns. White’s top target, Tanner Mish, had six catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns in the win.
If the passing game continues to click, Section 2’s top-ranked offense will be more dynamic than previous weeks, which makes the Panthers tough to beat.
The Tigers are one of the few teams that can match Schuylkill Valley’s offensive firepower, especially in the passing game.
Zach Koenig leads the section in completions (45), attempts (77), yards (618) and touchdowns (6). Koenig’s top three receivers (Michael Allen, Nate Webb and Zack Klapchar) have over 100 yards this season. Schuylkill Valley’s secondary will need to be at the top of their game to contain this passing attack.
Tyler Emge balances Fleetwood’s offense with 475 yards and six touchdowns. Schiedt’s job will be to locate Emge on the field.
In a game that should be dominated by offensive yards, the team that forces the most turnovers and can make a defensive stop or two should win. Schuylkill Valley has shown they can do that to this point.
Prediction: Schuylkill Valley 34, Fleetwood 30
The Saints open Section 2 play with a showdown in Orwigsburg against the Eagles.
Berks Catholic received its first test this season, escaping Columbia with a 33-25 victory to remain unbeaten.
Pop Lacey added another weapon to the Saints arsenal on offense. He rushed for 121 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns, which included the game-winner. Lacey also had 54 yards receiving.
The Saints might be the most complete team in Section 2 as they rank second in offense and defense.
The defense will need to stop Will Bornstein to take control of this game. Bornstein has 63 carries for 572 yards and will look to have a bounce back performance after only rushing for 20 yards in last week’s loss to Wyomissing.
Blue Mountain quarterback Shane Grapsy completed just 4-of-14 passes last week. He will seek a bounce back game as well.
Berks Catholic will look to start off section play with a bang while Blue Mountain needs a win to stay in the title hunt. This game should be a fun one.
Prediction: Berks Catholic 38, Blue Mountain 24
The Hawks suffered a demoralizing 52-7 loss in their Section 2 opener against Fleetwood last week, but will look to return to their winning ways at Kutztown.
Cody Miller was the lone bright spot for Hamburg last week with nine carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. He has 299 rushing yards and 270 receiving yards this season. Expect Miller to get plenty of touches against Kutztown.
Ian Hamilton led the Hawks with 75 rushing yards last week and has 363 for the season. Hamburg will attempt to pound the ball against a Kutztown rush defense that has allowed 1,035 yards this season (last in Section 2).
The Cougars will look to control the time of possession with Nate Oronofsky and Zach Sessions on the ground. Both players will look for bounce back weeks after the two combined for just 53 yards in the shutout loss to Schuylkill Valley.
Hamburg and Kutztown are both coming off blowout loss, but the Hawks seemed primed to get their first Section 2 win against an undermanned Cougars squad.
Prediction: Hamburg 27, Kutztown 14
The Spartans are coming off a big win over Blue Mountain to open Section 2 play last week.
Wyomissing relied on its ground game in the win, rushing for 218 yards. Thomas Paolini led the Spartans with 95 yards on 16 carries. He leads the team with 214 rushing yards and 109 receiving yards. He’s the go-to back for Wyomissing.
The Spartans defense has a tough task against Pleasant Valley quarterback Brandon Leap, who has thrown for 524 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. The secondary will need to be at the top of their game to stop leap.
In addition to Leap, running back Austyn Borre has 461 yards and four touchdowns. He’ll be tough to contain at the line of scrimmage with a balanced attack.
Pleasant Valley can score points, while Wyomissing has trouble scoring 20 a game. The Spartans will get 20 this week, but it won’t be enough against a good Bears team.
Prediction: Pleasant Valley 27, Wyomissing 21