1. Nick Scheidt is making his case as the most valuable player in Section 2; certainly on his team.
Scheidt rushed for 126 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns, both of which came in the fourth quarter in Friday’s 21-14 win over Annville-Cleona.
The senior also had two interceptions at linebacker, which completed a dominant performance on both sides of the ball.
Scheidt has 69 carries for 522 yards and nine touchdowns through three games. He also has three interceptions at the linebacker position.
In essence, Scheidt is the complete package on offense and defense and is the key to the Panthers’ success. Schuylkill Valley will look to improve to 4-0 against Kutztown Friday in the Section 2 opener for both teams.
2. The Hamburg Hawks can survive if Joey Cominsky cannot play the rest of the season.
Backup quarterback Nicholas Kuhn had a solid performance during Cominsky’s suspension. Kuhn finished 8-for-12 for 96 yards with no interceptions.
Ian Hamilton had a breakout performance at running back in place of another injured Hamburg star, Joey Raffensperger. Hamilton had 29 carries for a career-high 194 yards and two touchdowns. He adds another weapon to Joe Sinkovich’s dynamic offense.
In addition to Hamburg players rising to the occasion, the Hawks have a favorable schedule to start Section 2. Over the next few weeks, the Hawks host Fleetwood then travel to Kutztown and Blue Mountain. A 6-0 start to the season is very possible.
3. Overall, Section 2 is much more competitive this year than in years past.
The section is solid from top to bottom as shown in three weeks of non-league play.
Fleetwood is 1-2 and Kutztown is 0-3, but both teams are much more competitive than last year and have the players to back up that claim.
Tyler Emge is the go-to back for the Tigers. Emge has 74 carries for 398 yards and four touchdowns this year while ushering in a new era of Fleetwood football. The Tigers have a bright future with Emge, Zach Koenig and Mike Allen leading the offense. They have the potential to play spoiler for the front-runners in Section 2.
Kutztown is more competitive as well. The Cougars only had 109 points in 2012. Through three games in 2013, they have scored 45 points. A huge improvement for a young team.
Nate Oronofsky and Zach Sessions are the cogs of the new offensive machine. Both players have rushed for a total of 507 yards and four touchdowns for Kutztown. They will continue to get the ball as the Cougars fight to regain respectability in the section.