For both Exeter (3-2, 6-2) and Pottsville (2-3, 4-4), Friday is a must win contest. The Eagles are currently sitting 13th in the District 3 AAAA standings. A loss to Pottsville could push them out of the playoff picture. Meanwhile, the Crimson Tide are currently 5th in District 11 AAA rankings, in which only the top 4 make the postseason. A win over a strong AAAA school would certainly push them in the right direction.
The Eagles have been one of the more impressive squads in Section 1 this season as they’ve compiled 3 league wins, the most notable of which was a 17-16 victory over 2nd place Conrad Weiser. Behind the strong play of dual-threat junior QB Chase Yocum, the Eagles have found a flow offensively. Add senior playmakers Robbie Devich and Manny Soto to the mix and you have one of the best offensive groups in the county.
Defensively, the Eagles have a secondary led by senior Ethan Lutz, while their front 7 features two strong sophomores Nate Weber and Michal Menet.
The Crimson Tide have already doubled their wins from last season, but that will not be enough to keep the Pottsville faithful happy. Pottsville features the stellar play of QB Tyler Moser and WR Travis Blankenhorn. However, it has been freshman RB Darion Jacoby that has turned heads the most, compiling 491 rushing yards.
Defensively, Travis Blankenhorn, Thomas Campion, Kolby Kleckner, AJ Stevens, and Ed Vaz have all intercepted passes. They have forced a total of 14 turnovers on the season, something they will have to continue to excel in if they hope to knock off Exeter.