The Hawks put on an offensive clinic in their opener, scoring 55 points en route to a victory over ELCO.
Cody Miller had a breakout game in the win. The senior had nine carries for 117 yards and three catches for 105 yards. He is a dual-threat in the Hamburg offensive attack.
Joey Cominsky played well in his return at quarterback. He completed 8-of-12 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown, albeit with two interceptions. The Hawks will need him to be efficient if they hope to start the year off with two straight wins.
Hamburg’s defense is an immediate concern after giving up 54 points in the opener (41 in the first half). The Hawks allowed 315 passing yards in week one. That number should decrease this week as the Dutchmen are a run-first oriented team.
The player to watch for Annville-Cleona is Quentin Hall, who had 117 yards on 19 carries in week one. Mitch Rodkey also rushed for 66 yards in the opener.
Annville-Cleona is not a strong passing team, so if Hamburg can score points early, they should coast to a win. If not, could be a tough contest on the road.
Hamburg 38 – Annville-Cleona 21
Tyler Emge led the Tigers in a strong week one performance. Emge had 15 carries for 121 yards and two touchdowns in a 39-10 win over Octorara.
Fleetwood had 385 total yards in the opener with a balanced offensive attack. Zach Koenig, in his first start at quarterback, went 9-for-11 for 123 yards and a touchdown. Michael Allen is the Tigers deep ball threat after catching Koenig’s touchdown pass for 46 yards.
The Indians struggled on offense in their opener, amassing just 185 yards and six points in a loss to Elizabethtown. Quarterback Justin Amspacher struggled all night, with just three completions on 15 attempts and three interceptions.
Jarrod Smith had nine carries for 78 yards to lead the Indians offense. If the Tigers can contain him, they should be on their way to a rare 2-0 start.
Fleetwood 28 – Donegal 13
The Panthers looked impressive in a 34-19 win over Pottstown in week one with Nick Scheidt leading the charge.
Scheidt rushed for 186 yards and three touchdowns on offense and had a 39-yard interception return for a score on defense. Schuylkill Valley will rely on Scheidt to put points on the board early and control the time of possession.
Ed Shuttleworth also had 71 yards and a score in Friday’s win. The Panthers had 274 yards rushing in week one.
Panther Valley struggled on defense in their opener, allowing 51 points in a loss to Mahanoy Area.
Schuylkill Valley will have to contain Panther Valley quarterback Kyle Ferryman, who had 272 yards of offense and four touchdowns in his first start under center.
If Schuylkill Valley can keep Ferryman off the field, the Panthers will position themselves for a victory. Expect this game to be a close one.
Schuylkill Valley 28 – Panther Valley 24
The Eagles allowed 426 yards and 48 points in a loss to Conrad Weiser to start the season. Blue Mountain must tighten up the defense in order to stop Jim Thorpe.
The Olympians are led by quarterback Ryan Saunders II, who rushed for 155 yards and a pair of scores in week one. Running back Deonte St. Hill also ran for 113 yards and a score in their week one win at Tamaqua.
Jim Thorpe finished 1-9 last season and is determined to return to their winning ways. Blue Mountain will have their hands full.
The Eagles can score points, but can they score enough to avoid an 0-2 start? Shane Grapsy threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns while running back Will Bornstein rushed for 99 yards and a score.
Blue Mountain will need more production from their other skill players if they hope to win a tough contest against a future conference opponent.
Jim Thorpe 34 – Blue Mountain 28
The Cougars could be in for a long season after getting shut out in their opener against Bristol.
Kutztown could only muster 104 yards of offense with Nathan Onorofsky amassing 53 yards of them. Onorofsky has to improve passing the ball as he completed just two passes on 12 attempts last week.
Pequea Valley’s offense erupted for 42 points in the second half against York Tech last week. The offense has shown some inconsistency, scoring no points in the first half of that game.
Hunter Smith is the player to watch for the Braves. The quarterback threw for 80 yards and ran for 65 yards in week one. He had three total touchdowns.
Smith could have a big day against a Kutztown team that is just seeking improvement along with their first score of the season.
Pequea Valley 41 – Kutztown 7