Hoff: Coach Martinez and the Tigers have given the Fleetwood faithful plenty to be proud of. They now stand at 2-0 (atop of section 2) and 3-2 overall. Last Saturday night definitely showed the county that they are for real, as they knocked off previously unbeaten Schuylkill Valley 31-7.
Allen: The Tigers have already made great strides in Coach Martinez’s second season. However, those strides appear to be far from over. Fleetwood has the type of playmakers and competitive balance to keep thing going and be in the conversation for Section 2 contenders.
Hoff: The Saints are moving along just as expected. BC is 1-0 in the conference and an impressive 5-0 overall. They have relied heavily on the big play abilities of Pop Lacey and Chris Warren. The boys in black and gold may have the best defense in the county as they have held their opponents to just 58 points in five games.
Allen: The Saints came into the season a heavy favorite in Section 2. They still remain the favorite until proven otherwise. Despite injuries, Berks Catholic has the talent to potentially run the tables in league play. The Saints defense is what separates them from the rest of the pack. Having Matt Reinhart back at LB could not come at a better time.
Hoff: Until a recent setback against a strong Fleetwood team, the Valley boys were rolling to a 4-0 start. They have been led by star tailback Nick Scheidt, who has made a living off of punishing opposing defenses so far. The Panthers will have a chance to answer the call quickly as they take on a 5-0 Berks Catholic team this week.
Allen: The Panthers had gotten off to a blazing hot start before a tough loss to Fleetwood. If they can continue to defend and pound the ball with Scheidt and Shuttleworth, the Panthers can still contend for a Section 2 title, but they will have to go through a very tough Berks Catholic team.
Hoff: The defending state champs have had an up and down 2013 season so far. After an impressive win in week 1 over Schuylkill Haven, the Spartans have dropped 3 of 4. However, Wyo has played a tough schedule with games against section 1 powers such as Muhlenberg and Weiser. I still expect Wyo to compete for a section 2 title.
Allen: The Spartans have shown signs of brilliance at times, but their inability to contain the run and stop big plays is pretty concerning. This is not last year’s team by any means. Wyomissing will have to establish an identity of some sort in the coming weeks. With several players capable of carrying the ball for the Spartans, they will certainly be competitive and hopefully reassure Berks County that they are still a Section 2 contender.
Hoff: Through all of the on and off the field drama, the Hawks are still playing extremely well. Hamburg stands at 1-1 in the section and 4-1 overall. Give credit to this team as it has ignored all of the outside distractions and is still putting together a nice 2013 season.
Allen: The Hawks have impressed many in the early going. They proved that they are able to win tight games behind a 3-0 start, which saw them win all 3 games by no more than 3 points. Following a blowout loss to Fleetwood, the Hawks rebounded with a 3 touchdown win over Kutztown. If they can continue to get contributions from Ian Hamilton and Cody Miller, the Hawks can be a dangerous bunch.
Hoff: The Eagles season has been one of ups and downs. A week two 49-19 victory over Jim Thorpe had the Blue Mountain fans feeling good. Then two close losses to Pottsville and Wyomissing sent them back to the drawing board. They will look to bounce back this week against Hamburg.
Allen: The Eagles have struggled this season. The biggest bright spot has been RB Will Bornstein, who has rushed for 621 yards and 7 touchdowns. If the Eagles can cut down on the fumbles and improve the defensively, they should be competitive in their final year of the BFL.
Hoff: The Cougars are still searching for their first win of the season as they take on Wyomissing this weekend. Kutztown will hope to build off of some success it has had in its running game, as they have totaled up over 750 yards on the season.
Allen: The Cougars have shown life at times, thanks in large part to a nice rushing attack from Nate Onorofsky and Zach Sessions. However, they are still searching for that elusive first win.