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Week 5: Three Things We Learned

1.       Your Section 2 Leader-Fleetwood

Don’t look now, but the Fleetwood Tigers are in a prime position to potentially clinch the Section 2 title after a 31-7 win over previously unbeaten Schuylkill Valley.

The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start in section play and will hold on to the top spot for another week due to a non-league duel with Northern Lebanon Friday.

Once they return to the league schedule, Fleetwood will host Wyomissing before traveling to Berks Catholic. Those two games will determine if the Tigers will be front-runners or afterthoughts for the Section 2 title.

Fleetwood’s offense is one of the best in the section. Zach Koenig leads Section 2 in passing yards (837) and touchdowns (7). Koenig is making his case as the top quarterback in the section and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Tyler Emge remains the go-to guy in this offense, which he proved Saturday night. Emge had a career-high 39 carries for 214 yards and three touchdowns in a standout performance. The junior also helped a defense hold Nick Scheidt to under 100 yards rushing for the first time in 2013.

Fleetwood’s stars are shining in the biggest games, which is a huge sign for a team that is seeking to win a section championship for the first time.   

2.       Here come the Mustangs

Through the first three weeks of the season, most in Shillington had reason for concern with Gov. Mifflin after a rare 1-2 start.

Concern is minimal at best halfway through 2013.

The Mustangs have rolled off two dominating wins over Daniel Boone and Exeter, with the ladder few saw coming.

Gov. Mifflin held Exeter to 248 yards and forced Chase Yocum to throw three interceptions in a 41-7 win. The Mustangs have allowed just 14 points since allowing 59 to Cocalico in Week 3.

Mifflin’s defense is elite in Section 1, but the offense was lacking until last week. Wilson Fontanez picked up the ground game with 20 carries for 124 yards and two touchdowns. Expect him to receive the bulk of the carries after that breakthrough performance.

Jan Johnson also had his most efficient game at quarterback this season. The junior completed 5-of-7 passes for 70 yards and a touchdown against Exeter.

The Mustangs defense is rolling and the offense is starting to gel, but this week’s match-up with Muhlenberg will determine if Mifflin will win its fourth consecutive Section 1 title.

3.       QB change in Reading

The result in Friday’s win over Twin Valley wasn’t pretty, but the Red Knights new starter under center made some headlines.

Micah Paschall earned his first varsity start for Reading High and might have made an impression on Head Coach Rob Flowers.

Paschall completed 11-of-20 passes for 216 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the Red Knights 20-17 win over the Raiders. Paschall threw the game-winning touchdown pass to Julious Young-Trapp for 15 yards late in the fourth quarter to give Reading its first Section 1 win for 2013.

The Red Knights receivers had some life with Paschall’s arm. Young-Trapp had seven catches for 96 yards and Dontae Owens caught a 77-yard touchdown in the game.

Flowers could also have Sterling Young-Trapp, the former starter, line up in the slot or take some carries in the backfield. Young-Trapp is a great athlete and can be utilized frequently in a no-huddle offense.

Reading is a dark horse to win Section 1, but seem to be heading in the right direction with Paschall, who has a tough test against the Exeter defense Friday.   

 

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.