Wyomissing (2-0, 3-3) at Fleetwood (2-0, 4-2)
This matchup is practically an elimination game for both teams in the Section 2 title race. With Berks Catholic remaining on the schedule, this is a must-win game if these teams want to win the section title outright.
Wyomissing’s offense revolves around Thomas Paolini, who had 127 total yards and three touchdowns in a win over Kutztown last week. The Spartans are 2-1 when Paolini has over 100 total yards of offense. When he gets the ball, they score points.
Fleetwood’s secondary will have to watch the arm of Scott Kuczala, who has thrown for 536 yards and seven touchdowns this season.
The Tigers offense may be the most dynamic in Section 2, if not the county. Zach Koenig will look to rebound from his two interception performance against Northern Lebanon, but has been strong in both of his section games this season.
Expect Tyler Emge to have a bounce back game as well. Emge had only 35 yards last week, but has nine touchdowns on the year.
Even through Fleetwood won last week, they’ll look to rebound against Wyomissing. That’s a sign of a good team seeking to finish .500 or better for the first time in school history.
Prediction: Fleetwood 34, Wyomissing 21
The Saints take their unbeaten record into Hawk Stadium with a chance to remain in first place in Section 2.
Berks Catholic will rely on its dominant rushing game, led by Pop Lacey’s 405 yards and Chris Warren’s 11 touchdowns. The Saints will look to test the Hawks rush defense, which is third in Section 2 allowing 153.2 yards per game.
If Berks Catholic has any trouble running the ball, look for Matt Kase and Patrick Causa to get some more throwing reps. Both players are a combined 29-for-51 for 571 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions and have shown efficacy at the position.
Hamburg’s defense has struggled against multi-dimensional offenses, but should be prepared for Berks Catholic. Will they have enough on offense if they can hold the Saints for a few possessions?
Cody Miller will be relied upon to carry the load. Miller was held to 69 total yards in the Hawks 33-0 loss to Blue Mountain last week. That will need to improve if Hamburg looks to score enough points to upset the state-ranked Saints.
If Hamburg can control the time of possession, they’ll have a chance in this game. Fortunately for Berks Catholic, that is their bread and butter.
Prediction: Berks Catholic 31, Hamburg 17
The Panthers are seeking a rebound after two tough losses to Fleetwood and Berks Catholic while the Eagles look to continue their momentum after a big win against Hamburg last week.
Schuylkill Valley has relied on Nick Scheidt throughout the season and the results show it. Scheidt was held to 129 rushing yards in the Panthers two losses, but has 782 for the season. He will look to return to his dominant form Friday as he should receive a majority of the carries.
Blue Mountain is similar to Schuylkill Valley in their offensive game plan. As Will Bornstein goes, so do the Eagles. Bornstein rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns while hauling in a 52-yard touchdown reception last week.
Shane Grapsy will look to continue his solid play at quarterback. Grapsy has 627 yards with six touchdowns and one interception this season.
This matchup features two of the best backs in the section and the one that performs the best should carry his team to a win. Scheidt’s been doing it more frequently and that should continue.
Prediction: Schuylkill Valley 30, Blue Mountain 28
The Cougars are still seeking that elusive first win after a tough loss to Wyomissing last week.
They are the lone Section 2 team that has a non-league game this week and have to travel to New Paris to play it, which is not an easy task.
Bryce Santos added another weapon to the Cougars with his performance last week. Santos caught four passes for 112 yards and a touchdown last week and will look to continue his progress against the Lions.
For Kutztown to compete in this one, the Cougars will have to contain Matt Wiley. The junior has rushed for 558 yards and six touchdowns for Chestnut Ridge.
The Lions rush for 191 yards a game. Look for them to pound the ball and put Kutztown away early. If Kutztown can keep the Chestnut Ridge offense off the field, they have a chance to pull off the upset.
Prediction: Chestnut Ridge 28, Kutztown 21