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August 23, 2019
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Three Things We Learned: Week 6

Gov. Mifflin is back. Were we aware they left?

Through three weeks of the season, there were major concerns with the Gov. Mifflin football team (and rightfully so).

The Mustangs suffered a 59-0 loss to Cocalico and fell to 1-2 on the season heading into section play. Could this be the year Gov. Mifflin took a step back?

As the Mustangs have proved over the last three games, that would not be the case.

Gov. Mifflin has rolled to three straight wins to open section play, outscoring its opponents 98-14 in that span. The most impressive win came Friday night, a 29-7 win over Muhlenberg.

In the battle for supremacy in Section 1, the Mustangs showed they were not ready to hand over the title belt. Gov. Mifflin won with defense and special teams, led by Evan Pollack’s 99-yard kickoff return and 97-yard interception return.

Mifflin has shown over the years that an efficient running game with a strong defense and special teams is the recipe for success in Section 1. That formula held true last Friday.

The Mustangs has established themselves as the favorites to win the section with their biggest challenge coming at Conrad Weiser in Week 10.

How does Muhlenberg respond?

The Muhl Mafia will get to answer this question very quickly with two tough contests over the next two weeks.

Muhlenberg hosts Exeter before traveling to Robesonia to face Conrad Weiser. These next two games will establish which team will be in the race with Mifflin as the regular season concludes.

The Muhls will look to rebound against another tough defense in Exeter. Antonieo Dominguez completed just 6-of-19 passes for 113 yards and an interception. A more efficient Dominguez will get up the ground game for Ben Ortiz.

The season, Muhlenberg has sought to prove they belong with the best in Section 1. Even with the loss to Mifflin, these next two games provide that opportunity.

Muhlenberg is a district playoff team, but the next few games will determine if they can make a run once they arrive.

Can Berks Catholic be beaten?

Through six weeks, Berks Catholic has established itself as the best team in Section 2, if not all of Berks County.

The Saints are unbeaten through the first six games of the season and have outscored their opponents 230 to 65. They lead the county in points scored and fewest points allowed.

On offense, Berks Catholic has five rushers with over 100 total yards. Pop Lacey leads the pack with 405 yards and 9.2 yards per carry. Lacey has become the primary back in the Wing-T offense.

The Saints defense has allowed seven points or less in four of its six wins. The unit has held opposing offenses to 198 yards a game.

To simply put it, the Saints are dominant. Can they run the table?

Fleetwood and Wyomissing will be tough matchups for Berks Catholic, but the Saints will face both these teams at home. A perfect regular season along with a Section 2 title is not out of the question.

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.