Gov. Mifflin at Conrad Weiser
While the Mustangs may have already clinched the Section 1 crown, thanks in large part to a Conrad Weiser loss to Reading, do not expect them to put it in auto-pilot now. Currently the Mustangs sit at #8 in the District 3 AAAA rankings. With a win they could potentially jump a seed or two and avoid a potential second round matchup with top-seeded rival Wilson.
Coming off a heartbreaking loss, the Scouts will be hungry as well. They will look for a signature win as they head into the District 3 AAA playoffs. Conrad Weiser currently sits at #4, and while a loss to a very good AAAA school may not sink them in the rankings, it could certainly propel them.
Over the past two weeks, Jan Johnson has once again asserted himself as a top playmaker in Section 1. The Mustangs junior quarterback had struggled at times this season, but he seems to have righted the ship as they head into the final week of the regular season. The Mustangs will also depend heavily on their defense, which has allowed just 111 points through 9 games (12.3 PPG). They have also posted Berks-best 5 shutouts, one shy of tying a county record. The Mustangs have only allowed 14 points over their last 6 games.
For the Scouts, expect a heavy dose of Aidan Brosious. The senior quarterback has been one of the best around this season. Brosious has 835 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. In addition to his 14 rushing touchdowns, Brosious has also posted a league-best 3 kickoff return touchdowns, while throwing for 3 more. Expect the Scouts to try and get junior running back Alex Guilbe going again. Guilbe had looked to be a surefire choice for top rusher in Section 1 before his performance tapered off the past few weeks. Guilbe still has 947 yards and 8 touchdowns and should not be taken lightly by the Mustangs.
Prediction: Gov. Mifflin 23, Conrad Weiser 10
Twin Valley at Pottsville
The visiting Twin Valley Raiders will be looking to earn their first victory of the season when they take on Pottsville. Both of these teams have gone through a coaching change since their last meeting a year ago.
For the Crimson Tide, the task at hand will be to earn the win and finish the season at .500, a big improvement over last season.
Offensively, the Raiders have struggled. They simply lack the numbers and size to compete with most of the big schools in Section 1. However, they have shown life at times, nearly upsetting both Daniel Boone and Reading this season. If they hope to pull an upset this week, they will need big contributions from sophomore Dan Ziegler and senior Danny Techman, while quarterback Alec Ranck plays mistake free football.
The Crimson Tide will be relying on the offensive attack that they have had all season long. Quarterback Tyler Moser has certainly enjoyed having Travis Blankenhorn to throw the ball to. Blankenhorn is currently Berks County’s leader in receiving yards at 622, while Moser ranks fifth in passing yards at 1104. Coach Tom McGeoy also has to be enjoying the breakout success of freshman Darion Jacoby, who has rushed for a team-high 540 yards and scored 6 touchdowns on the year.
Prediction: Pottsville 30, Twin Valley 16
Daniel Boone at Exeter
There is no secret about it. Daniel Boone and Exeter have a strong dislike for one another. It has made this game one of the best rivalries in Berks County.
Both the Eagles and the Blazers have player of the year candidates leading them into Friday’s huge matchup. Exeter will rely on its play making quarterback Chase Yocum who has proven to be a duel threat each week.
While the Boonies while rely on senior tailback Kyle Myers who has been racking up 200 yard rushing games left and right.
These type of games are usually determined by a few big plays. Both sides will come out ready to play hard for four quarters. Do not be surprised if the victory comes down to a crucial special teams play.
Both defenses have play makers who can have a huge impact on this section 1 matchup. Defensive tackle Michal Menet for Exeter has been terrorizing quarterbacks for the entire 2013 season. While Daniel Boone defensive back Xavier Smith has won games for Boone this season while making a big play in the secondary.
Both teams in this matchup have hopes of making the district playoffs which will only add to Friday’s intense atmosphere.
We expect a close game, however we believe Yocum and the eagles will pull away in the fourth quarter.
Prediction: Exeter 30, Daniel Boone 24
Muhlenberg at Reading
Muhlenberg and Reading High are coming off two very different weeks. Muhlenberg was upset by Kyle Myers and Daniel Boone last Friday. While the Red Knights shocked second place Conrad Weiser.
The Muhlmafia may have the best player in Section 1 this season with Ben Ortiz. The senior tailback has already eclipsed 1100 yards this season. The Muhls are still lobbying for a district playoff position, while Reading is hoping to finish 2013 on a high note.
This matchup features a few of the best wide receivers in Berks County. From Muhlenberg we have the exciting two way starter Eli Quinter. The Red Knights will rely on Dontae Owens and Julious Young-Trapp.
Both of these Section 1 teams can make a living off of the big play. Reading definitely showed last week that it can match any opponent.
This game will be decided in the trenches. The Muhls need to give Ortiz room to run and the Red Knights need to give time for their passing game to be effective.
We are going with Muhlenberg, but it should be a good one.
Prediction: Muhlenberg 23, Reading 18