In a week known as rivalry week around Berks County, the BIC Sports team will be on hand to watch a clash of Section 2 foes, as Berks Catholic plays host to Wyomissing.
The Saints come into this game a perfect 9-0 on the season, including a 5-0 mark in Section 2. They will be seeking the first perfect season in their schools brief history. It seems the tables have turned, as last season it was Wyomissing who was looking to clinch a perfect season. This season, the Spartans are 4-1 in Section 2 and 5-4 overall. If the Spartans pull the upset, they will share the Section 2 crown with the Saints.
Leading the Saints offensively are a pair of quarterbacks and a whole plethora of offensive weapons, which have contributed to the Saints 350 points, far and away the most in Berks County. Quarterbacks Patrick Causa and Matt Kase have combined to throw for 906 yards and 9 touchdowns, while only throwing 5 picks. There is a logjam in the Saints backfield as 5 different players have at least 300 yards and 5 touchdowns rushing the ball. Junior Pop Lacey leads the way with 627 yards, while senior Chris Warren has 426 yards rushing and a team-best 230 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Todd Reedy, Marcus Wilson, and Cooper Kutz are the other three featured backs in the Saints offense.
Defensively, the Saints have allowed just 109 points, the best of any Berks Football League team. Some of the key players for the Saints defense include defensive linemen Pietro Gaspari, Kobe Foy, and Tynan DeShields, as well as a strong secondary led by Blake and Isaac Lutz.
The Spartans come into the matchup hungry after a tough loss to Schuylkill Valley last week. Offensively, Wyomissing will need to work the ball into the hands of junior playmaker Thomas Paolini. Paolini has a total of 914 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season; however he has just 155 yards in the Spartans 4 losses. Need further proof that Paolini is the catalyst to the Spartans offense? Wyomissing is 4-1 in games when the junior halfback scores a touchdown and just 1-3 when he does not find the end zone.
Junior quarterback Scott Kuczala ranks among the most efficient passers in Berks County, as he has thrown for 751 yards and 10 touchdowns, while throwing just 4 interceptions. In addition to getting the ball to Paolini, Kuczala will need to get the ball to fullback Jack Baker, who has 476 yards and 6 scores this season. He will also need to find his tight ends, which seemingly do nothing but score touchdowns. Liam Reedy and Finnegan Daly have a total of 5 catches for 4 touchdowns on the year.
Defensively, the Spartans will be dependent upon their front seven to stop the Saints rushing attack. The front seven features seniors Logan Jones, Cody Cox, and Chris Eaton. Meanwhile they will need to slow down the Saints pass efficiency with their secondary, which features Thomas Paolini and Chase Hartman.
All in all, this will be a hard fought battle for both teams, and it may not be the last, either. The Saints are currently 1st in District 3 AA, while the Spartans are 5th, which would set up a Semi-finals showdown in 2 weeks.
Prediction: Berks Catholic 30, Wyomissing 21