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Section 2 Preview Capsules: Week 9

Blue Mountain (3-2, 4-4) at Fleetwood (2-2, 4-4)

The Eagles and Tigers are heading in opposite directions heading into their Week 9 matchup.

Blue Mountain has won three in a row behind the play of quarterback Shane Grapsy, who has 616 yards and seven touchdowns during the streak. Grapsy’s throwing his way into the conversation of the top quarterbacks in Section 2, if not the Berks Football League.

The Eagles also rely on Will Bornstein and his 996 rushing yards with 14 touchdowns. If the Tigers defense can contain Grapsy, look for Bornstein to get 20-plus carries in the cold weather.

Fleetwood is in the midst of a two game losing streak, albeit both are to Wyomissing and Berks Catholic. The Tigers will need to find a way to score points without Tyler Emge, who missed the last six quarters with an injury.

Zach Koenig will be tested by the Eagles secondary, which forced six interceptions against Kutztown last week.  Fleetwood’s offense the first half of the season will need to show up to defeat Blue Mountain.

This is the last Berks Football League game for Blue Mountain. The Eagles will play their hardest to leave the league with a victory.

Blue Mountain 28, Fleetwood 27

Wyomissing (4-0, 5-3) at Schuylkill Valley (1-3, 5-3)

The Spartans need to jump one hurdle to set up a de facto Section 2 Championship with Berks Catholic next week. That hurdle is Schuylkill Valley, which got back to its winning ways with a 21-6 win over Donegal last week.

Wyomissing is getting major contributions from Thomas Paolini, who had 14 carries for 138 yards and two catches for 72 yards with two touchdowns in a win over Hamburg. Paolini is the go-to back in the Spartans offense and has risen to the occasion with big performances each week.

Scott Kuzcala has played well the second half of the season and has been vital to the Spartans run. Kuczala has thrown for 291 yards and five touchdowns over the last three games, all wins.

Nick Scheidt got back on track with a strong performance against Donegal for the Panthers. Scheidt had 23 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

Tanner White and Tanner Mish also kept the defense honest with the passing game. White had 104 yards passing and one touchdown pass while Mish was responsible for 95 of those yards and the score.

Schuylkill Valley will need a balanced offensive attack to keep pace with Wyomissing, which is something most would have never guessed at the beginning of the month.

Wyomissing 35, Schuylkill Valley 28

Berks Catholic (4-0, 8-0) at Kutztown (0-4, 0-8)

This matchup is between two teams with opposite records and heading in different directions as the regular season comes to a close.

Berks Catholic can not take Kutztown lightly. The Cougars can score points, totaling over 20-plus in four of eight games.

Fortunately for the Saints, they boast the league’s top offense with 37.8 points a game. Their defense also leads the BFL with allowing 11.9 points.

Look for Berks Catholic to run the ball with Pop Lacey and Chris Warren early to build an advantage. Kutztown quarterback Zach Mickey threw five interceptions last week and the Saints would like to force the Cougars to pass early.

If the Saints take this game the way they approached their first eight, they’ll host Wyomissing for the section title in the regular season’s final week.

Berks Catholic 49, Kutztown 14

Hamburg (4-4) at Pequea Valley (3-5)

The Hawks enter this non-league game with three straight losses and are looking to rebound against the Braves.

Over the last few weeks, Hamburg has struggled to score points. That needs to change starting with Cody Miller (789 total yards) and Austin Bashore (275 receiving yards) making plays once they get the football.

The Hamburg defense will focus on keeping the football out of Michael Figueroa’s hands. Figueroa has 27 catches for 462 yards and six touchdowns with an average of 17.1 yards per reception.

Quarterback Hunter Smith has 1,179 passing yards and 506 rushing yards for the Braves.  The dual threat quarterback provides Pequea Valley’s offense with a spark for big plays.

If the Hawks eliminate the big plays by the Braves, the losing streak will end.

Hamburg 27, Pequea Valley 24

About Jeff Kerr

Jeff is a sports writer at the Daily Local News in West Chester and a freelance contributing writer of BIC Sports. At the Daily Local News, Jeff covers high school football, girls tennis along with a myriad of other sports. Prior to the Daily Local, Jeff was a sports reporter for three years at the Reading Eagle. Jeff is a Penn State graduate and will bleed blue and white forever. A Berks County native, Jeff brings a wealth of knowledge to the local sports scene and enjoys covering any Berks sporting event. Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_kerr for the latest breaking news in the scholastic sports world.