Schuylkill Valley (2-3, 6-3) at Hamburg (1-4, 5-4)
Both teams arguably have a District 3-AA berth locked up heading into this game, but ultimate bragging rights are on the line in the Frost Bowl.
The Panthers are coming off the heels of a huge 34-14 win over Wyomissing last week in their final regular season home game. They will look to improve on their district standing as they remain in play for a playoff home game (seeded fifth in 3-AA).
Nick Scheidt and Ed Shuttleworth are expected to carry the load for Schuylkill Valley at Hawks Stadium. The two combined to rush for 374 yards and five touchdowns last week. Scheidt leads Section 2 with 1,255 yards this season.
The Hawks secondary, which allows a section high 177.1 yards a game, will need to stop Panthers wide receiver Tanner Mish. Schuylkill Valley’s top receiver has 450 yards and five touchdowns in 2013.
On defense, the Panthers have to contain Joey Raffensperger, who seems to be fully recovered from injury after a big game against Pequea Valley last week. Raffensperger had 17 carries for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Hawks win over the Braves.
Joey Cominsky also provides a threat with his arm and legs. Cominsky has 767 yards with three touchdowns through the air and 269 yards with three touchdowns on the ground.
A win could move the Hawks past the Panthers in the district standings (currently sixth in 3-AA). The Frost Bowl is one of the county’s best rivalries and the 2013 version shouldn’t disappoint.
Schuylkill Valley 24, Hamburg 17
Fleetwood (3-2, 5-4) at Kutztown (0-5, 0-9)
The Tigers clinched their first .500 season in school history with a thrilling 34-27 win over Blue Mountain last week. They look to set even more history with their first winning season at University Field Friday.
Fleetwood is on the outside looking in in the District 3-AAA standings. The Tigers are the 20th seed and need a win along with a myriad of teams to lose in order to clinch a spot. However, they still are in good position to snag an Eastern Conference berth.
Zach Koenig had a big game against Blue Mountain, throwing for 255 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Emge also scored twice and rushed for 80 yards. Kutztown will need to contain those two if they look to win their first game of the year.
The Cougars have nothing to lose at 0-9. Expect them to pull off all the tricks, starting with quarterback Zack Mickey and receiver Bryce Santos. Mickey has 441 yards and four touchdowns this season while Santos has caught 20 passes for 353 yards and five scores.
The Tigers secondary could be the difference maker in this one. Mickey has 12 interceptions this season. He’ll need to play flawless for Kutztown to keep the game close and possibly pull off the monumental upset.
Fleetwood 38, Kutztown 20
Blue Mountain (4-5) at Schuylkill Haven (6-3)
The Eagles are coming off a demoralizing 34-27 loss to Fleetwood that all but diminished their playoff chances in District 11-AAA. They will still hope for a shot to make it in this non-league matchup with the Hurricanes.
For Blue Mountain to beat Schuylkill Haven, Shane Grapsy and Will Bornstein will need to play their best games of the season. Grapsy was held to 9-of-21 passing with 114 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions while Bornstein had 19 carries for 132 yards and two touchdowns last week.
Will Horn adds another option for the Eagles running game this week. Horn led the team with 136 yards, which included a 7-yard touchdown run, in last week’s loss to the Tigers.
Blue Mountain will need to stop Schuylkill Haven running back William Casella, who has rushed for 1,407 yards and 21 touchdowns on the year.
Quarterback Ryan Fink also has 514 yards on the ground and is a threat outside the pocket.
Blue Mountain gives up 214 rushing yards per game. That will have to improve if they are to upset the Hurricanes.
Schuylkill Haven 31, Blue Mountain 21