Berks IC Section 2 Playoff Capsules
(7) Newport (6-4) at (2) Berks Catholic (10-0)
The road to a district championship commences Friday night for the Saints, who hope to make a run similar to Wyomissing in last year’s District 3-AA playoffs.
Look for the Saints to run the football with Pop Lacey (654 yards, 9 TD’s) and Chris Warren (464 yards, 14 TD’s). Berks Catholic also has Todd Reedy for short yardage situations.
The Saints have outscored their opponents 125-19 in the first quarter this season, so expect head coach Rick Keeley and his offense to get off to a fast start.
Newport quarterback Justin Temple may be one of the better signal callers the Saints defense will face all year. Temple has completed 65-of-134 passes for 996 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.
The Buffaloes lack a solid rushing game, so Berks Catholic’s secondary will be tested. If they pass the test, the Saints will win big.
Berks Catholic 45, Newport 17
(5) Wyomissing (5-5) at (4) Schuylkill Valley (7-3)
The Spartans and Panthers meet for the second time in three weeks in this District 3-AA quarterfinal between two Section 2 playoff regulars in recent years.
Schuylkill Valley took the first bout in a 34-14 win over Wyomissing in Week 9. Nick Scheidt rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns while Ed Shuttleworth had 182 yards with three scores.
The Panthers will look to run the ball again to score points off a Spartans defense that finished second in Section 2; allowing 267 yards a game.
Wyomissing will need to find a way to get Thomas Paolini in the open field. Paolini had just 27 yards of total offense in the loss to the Panthers two weeks ago.
Paolini will have some help with Scotty McAvoy returning to the backfield. McAvoy had 46 yards of offense in his first action of the season against Berks Catholic last week. Expect him to get more touches this week.
Wyomissing has a strong running game, but Schuylkill Valley shut it down in the first meeting. The Spartans will fare better in this one, but the Panthers are on a mission to go far in these playoffs. Scheidt will make sure the season doesn’t end at home.
Schuylkill Valley 30, Wyomissing 21
(6) Hamburg (5-5) at (3) Bermudian Springs (9-1)
The Hawks travel to York Springs with the hopes of pulling off a monumental upset against one of the best teams in the district.
To do that, Hamburg’s defense will have to contain the high-powered offense of Bermudian Springs, which averages 34.9 points a game.
Colton Dull is the leading rusher for the Eagles. Dull has 967 yards rushing with 11 touchdowns on the year.
The Hawks will also have to contain all-purpose back Ryan Markle, who has 736 yards of offense (477 rushing, 259 receiving).
Joey Cominsky had a solid game in Hamburg’s loss to Schuylkill Valley last week. Cominsky completed 13-of-21 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Joey Raffensperger had 22 carries for 118 yards for the Hawks in the loss. Both Raffensperger and Cominsky will need to have their best games of the year if the Hawks hop to win.
Bermudian Springs are tough to beat at home, only losing once in York Springs to a very good Littlestown team. Hard to see them losing this one.
Bermudian Springs 37, Hamburg 17
Eastern Conference Class AAA
(4) Fleetwood (6-4) at (1) Coughlin (7-3)
Who would have thought the Tigers would have a winning season, yet play in a playoff game? Well, they’re here making a long awaited postseason debut against Coughlin in an Eastern Conference Class AAA semifinal.
Fleetwood has nothing to lose in this game, but will put all the chips on the table against the Crusaders.
Zach Koenig will guide the passing unit as he finished the regular season with 1,466 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Look for Koenig’s top target, Mike Allen (36 catches, 547 yards, nine TD’s), to make big plays against the Coughlin secondary.
Tyler Emge is also 31 yards away from being the first Tigers running back to eclipse 1,000 yards on the season. He has 969 on the year.
For the Tigers to upset Coughlin, they will have to contain running backs Paul Cole and Tim Pilch. Cole has 1,324 yards and 16 touchdowns while Pilch rushed for 782 yards with eight touchdowns.
Fleetwood has had a dream season to this point. They’ll find a way to make it last one more week.
Fleetwood 27, Coughlin 24