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August 22, 2019
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Week 4: Three Things We Learned

Exeter established themselves as one of the favorites to win Section 1.

The Eagles put themselves in excellent position to win Section 1 after a 17-16 upset of Conrad Weiser Friday.

Weiser entered league play as the favorite to win the section after three strong wins on its non-league schedule, but could not handle Exeter’s dominant offensive and defensive line.

The Eagles’ strength resides in the trenches, which enables them to have a dominant run game. Manny Soto has paid huge dividends with this formula. Soto has 41 carries for 319 yards and three touchdowns and is hitting his stride in the backfield.

If Soto can continue strong rushing performances like the one Friday (159 yards, two touchdowns), expect Exeter to play for the Section 1 championship in Week 10.

And a third straight District 1-AAAA playoff appearance is within reach as well.

This isn’t your brother’s Fleetwood team.

If there was any team that made a statement to the Berks Football League last week, it was Fleetwood.

The Tigers faced their biggest challenge of the season against an undefeated Hamburg squad in Hawks Stadium. They left the field with a 52-7 win and improved to .500 on the season.

It’s uncertain whether the Tigers are contenders for the Section 2 title, but their first .500 season in school history is not out of the question.

Fleetwood has the talent on offense to accomplish this. The Tigers are third in Section 2 in total offense with a balanced attack (618 passing, 731 rushing) and fourth in defense.

Fleetwood will host Schuylkill Valley in their biggest game of the season Friday. Whether they win or lose, let’s enjoy the talented players James Martinez has assembled on this squad. The Tigers will be fun to watch over the next couple of years.

How good is Muhlenberg?

Let’s get this out of the way. The Muhls are a good team and have the potential to be a great team. They get that chance to prove it over the next four weeks.

The Muhl Mafia will host Pottsville, travel to Shillington to face Gov. Mifflin, followed by a home date versus Exeter, then head to Robesonia for a showdown with Conrad Weiser. This is no easy task for any team.

If Muhlenberg can go 4-0 in this stretch, they will be in the driver’s seat for the Section 1 title. A 3-1 record could put them in position to tie for the crown. Either way, they will be in a prime spot to clinch a district playoff berth.

The Muhls have the talent to pull off four straight wins against quality opponents. They have outscored opponents 141 to 20 while leading Section 1 in total offense and defense. They are explosive and will be a fun team to watch over the next four weeks.

About Jeff Kerr

Jeff is a sports writer at the Daily Local News in West Chester and a freelance contributing writer of BIC Sports. At the Daily Local News, Jeff covers high school football, girls tennis along with a myriad of other sports. Prior to the Daily Local, Jeff was a sports reporter for three years at the Reading Eagle. Jeff is a Penn State graduate and will bleed blue and white forever. A Berks County native, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge to the local sports scene and enjoys covering any Berks sporting event. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_kerr for the latest breaking news in the scholastic sports world.