Hoff: The Muhlmafia is 5-0 on the season. Their big play ability will make them a dangerous team in not only Berks County, but on the state scale as well. They head into a huge matchup with Governor Mifflin this Friday.
Allen: From what I have seen, Muhlenberg has the best defense in the area, having allowed just 38 points on the season. While we knew what to expect on offense from the likes of Ben Ortiz and Eli Quinter, the emergence of Antonieo Dominguez as Section 1’s top passer has caught the eye of many. The Muhls have a very tough schedule ahead. We will see what they are truly made of in the coming weeks.
Hoff: After a disappointing showing in non-league play, the Mustangs have quickly turned things around. They are now 2-0 in Section 1 after knocking off previously undefeated Exeter by a score of 41-7.
Allen: The Mustangs came into the season as the obvious favorite. While they got off to a rough start, they have rebounded very nicely. Mifflin has allowed just 7 points in their 3 wins this season. If their defense shows up to play and the offense keeps the turnovers to a minimum, this may still be the best team. We will know a lot more when they square off with Muhlenberg, Conrad Weiser, etc. in the weeks ahead.
Hoff: The Eagles will look to regroup this week after a disappointing loss to Governor Mifflin. Jumping out to a 4-0 start has definitely proven that the Eagles are a district playoff team. Chase Yocum and the gang will now focus on Reading this week.
Allen: Exeter jumped out to a superb start, surprising many, but not themselves. They struggled mightily against Governor Mifflin last week. The Eagles are currently a District 3 playoff team, but they can still build their resume in the second half of the season. The emergence of young talent on defense could go a long way in backing the Eagles’ playoff push.
Hoff: The Scouts are an impressive 4-1 and will take on a dangerous Pottsville team this week. Weiser definitely boasts one of the top rushing attacks in the county as they have 1390 yards on the ground through 5 games.
Allen: The Scouts have gotten all they hoped for and more out of Alex Guilbe and Aidan Brosious. They have combined for more rushing yards than any two teammates in BFL Section 1. Defensively, the Scouts have been strong, allowing just 17 points to Exeter in their only loss. Expect them to be right in the thick of things when league play winds down in a few weeks.
Hoff: The Tide have made great improvements from the 2012 season. They have already surpassed their win total from last year. Although they are coming off of a disappointing loss, they have still made great strides this season.
Allen: Head Coach Tom McGeoy certainly has the Crimson Tide rolling in the right direction. Following a disappointing 2012 season, which saw them go 2-8 overall, Pottsville has already exceeded their win total of a year ago. The Tide have the offensive talent to compete with almost anyone, but they will need to improve defensively if they hope to maintain a winning record.
Hoff: The Red Knights are 2-3 after a win over Twin Valley this past Friday night. Reading has shown throughout the season that they can score on any type of defense. The Red Knights just look for more consistency on the defensive end.
Allen: The Red Knights got things back on track or at least in the win column this past week when they defeated Twin Valley. After making the switch to Micah Paschall at quarterback, we will see what kind of progress Reading makes moving forward. They have a slew of offensive weapons, and with their high tempo offense, they are never truly out of a game.
Hoff: The Blazers have a bright spot in sophomore QB Nick Hughes. However, they have struggled a bit on defense giving up the big play. The Boonies will need to fix that in the second half of the season.
Allen: The Blazers have gotten off to a slow start, which does not bode well for them as they head into the thick of their Section 1 schedule. Injuries have likely played a large factor in their losses. The one bright spot for the Blazers has been sophomore QB Nick Hughes.
Hoff: The Raiders recently lost a heartbreaker to Reading and now stand at 0-5 on the season. However, they continue to compete each week and show improvements.
Allen: The Raiders have played their two closest games of the season since league play began a few weeks back. While they are very small in size and numbers, this year’s Twin Valley team has shown some bright spots. Their young guns Alec Ranck and Dan Ziegler have many excited for the future of Twin Valley football.