WEEK 5 PREVIEW CAPSULES
BOYERTOWN (2-2) AT OWEN J. ROBERTS (0-4)
PAC-10 records: Boyertown 1-2, Owen J. Roberts 0-2.
Last week: Boyertown lost to Spring-Ford 41-14; Owen J. Roberts fell to Perkiomen Valley 49-0.
Bears facts/figures: Feature area's top-ranked rushing offense (292.5 ypg), and also rank No. 1 in area in total offense (419 ypg). ... Seeking to snap two-game losing streak. ... Senior RB Cody Richmond leads area in rushing attempts (103) and ranks third in rushing yards (521). ... WR/DB Nick Brough, OT/DT Austin Jacobs, CB Lawrence Garnett and RB Devon Bucks all expected to be back after missing last week due to injury, according to coach Mark Scisly.
Wildcats facts/figures: Were limited to a season-low 103 rushing yards last week, when squad was blanked for first time since a 42-0 loss to Spring-Ford on Oct. 22, 2011. ... RB Wyatt Scott has a team-high 313 rushing yards and three TDs. ... WR Kyle Hinrichs leads squad with nine receptions. ... "This week, our team is facing adversity and we've talked to the players about stepping up,' said OJR coach Tom Barr, who will be without three starting defensive lineman and two starting offensive linemen due to injury.
Notable: Boyertown holds a 6-5 edge in the PAC-10 series and 30-19-2 advantage in the overall series after taking last year's encounter 42-14. ... "Scott is a talented running back; we must shut him down,' Scisly said. "On defense, they fly to the football. The key for us is to be more consistent in the red zone on offense and put points on the board and to not give up big plays defensively like we did in the second half of the Spring-Ford game.'
DANIEL BOONE (1-3) AT CONRAD WEISER (3-1)
Berks Section records: Daniel Boone 0-1, Conrad Weiser 0-1.
Last week: Daniel Boone lost to Governor Mifflin 28-7; Conrad Weiser fell to Exeter 17-16.
Blazers facts/figures: Have been shut out in back-to-back contests after scoring a combined 49 points over the first two games. ... Offense has managed just a combined 265 yards over past two weeks. ... Kyle Myers has been main offensive weapon for coach Bill Parks, running for a team-high 266 yards with 5.9 yards per carry and notching eight receptions for 136 yards.
Scouts facts/figures: RB Alex Guilbe (519 yards) and QB Aidan Brosius (394 yards, 7 TDs) lead the top-ranked rushing offense in Berks County, which is averaging 302 yards per game. ... Averaging 34.2 points per game, while defense is allowing 16.2 ppg. ... Defeated defending PIAA-AA champion Wyomissing 35-7 in Week 2.
Notable: Conrad Weiser leads the series 26-18, having won 40-19 last year. ... Boone's three losses are to teams who are a combined 10-2.
PERKIOMEN VALLEY (3-1) AT POTTSTOWN (0-4)
PAC-10 records: Perkiomen Valley 2-1, Pottstown 0-2.
Last week: Perkiomen Valley defeated Owen J. Roberts 49-0; Pottstown lost to Phoenixville 18-13.
Vikings facts/figures: Got a season-high 316-yard team rushing effort last week, with QB Rasaan Stewart (124 yards) leading the way. ... Offensive line has held up well despite some shifting (Austin Gansz from guard to tackle, Seth Jonassen from center to tackle, Dan Keller from tight end to center). Dan Roh returned to action at right guard last week and played well, according to coach Scott Reed, who also lauded Tony Pachella's play on the defensive line. ... Stewart is the area's top-rated passer, having thrown for 528 yards and eight TDs so far.
Trojans facts/figures: Have outgained two of four opponents, but minus-8 turnover differential has kept first-year coach Don Grinstead's club out of the victory column. ... WR John Charles leads PAC-10 with 17 receptions and has a team-high 237 receiving yards. ... Getting strong effort of late from OT Jalontae Lighty, according to Grinstead.
Notable: Perkiomen Valley holds a 16-11 lead in the series and has won 10 straight meetings, including last year's 57-27 victory. ... "They are extremely athletic and play sound offensive football,' Grinstead said of the Vikings. "Obviously their QB (Stewart) is a very good player, but they also have other guys that can go the distance. We will have to be sound defensively and match their offensive intensity.'
POPE JOHN PAUL II (1-3) AT PHOENIXVILLE (2-2)
PAC-10 records: Pope John Paul II 1-2, Phoenixville 2-0.
Last week: Pope John Paul II lost to Upper Perkiomen 37-14; Phoenixville defeated Pottstown 18-13.
Golden Panthers facts/figures: Allowed 31 straight points after opening up a 14-6 lead midway through the first quarter last week. ... Got strong effort on both sides of the ball from WR/LB John Bacchi last week, according to coach Mike Santillo. ... Will be without OL Joe Byron (knee injury) and SB/LB Johnnie Bildstein, who has to sit out after being ejected last week for leaving the sideline while trying to pull a teammate away from a scuffle.
Phantoms facts/figures: Have won two straight since 0-2 start. ... WR Mackensie Thomas has come up with the big plays over the past two weeks, a go-ahead 62-yard TD grab in the fourth quarter of a 19-15 win over Owen J. Roberts in Week 3 and a 75-yarder in the final two minutes that erased a 13-12 deficit last week. ... Donnie Jackson ran for 82 yards and a TD on five carries last week to lead a balanced ground attack.
Notable: Phoenixville leads the series 3-0, including last year's 40-19 victory. ... "They are a well-balanced, well-coached team that concerns us in many areas,' interim Phantoms coach Chris Alston said of PJP. "They have fantastic athletes on the edges that can give any team problems.'
POTTSGROVE (4-0) AT SPRING-FORD (3-1)
PAC-10 records: Pottsgrove 3-0, Spring-Ford 2-0.
Last week: Pottsgrove defeated Methacton 28-7; Spring-Ford beat Boyertown 41-14.
Falcons/Rams facts/figures: See story, C1.
Notable: Pottsgrove leads the PAC-10 series 17-9-1 and overall series 25-22-1 after last year's 26-0 victory.
PERKIOMEN SCHOOL (2-1) AT NATIVITY (1-3)
Last week: Perkiomen School defeated George School 20-0; Nativity lost to Pope John Paul the Great (Va.) 55-0.
Panthers facts/figures: Got 134 rushing yards and three touchdowns last week from RB Tom Aaron in breaking open scoreless halftime tie. ... Alex Williams had two sacks and defense forced three turnovers. ... Offensive line of TE Alex Williams, T Isaiah Armstrong, G Tony Coleman, C Quinn Kasner, G Ben Jaindl, G Bobby Lee, T Arnaldo Contreras and TE Ja'Ren Hampton is beginning to gel, according to coach Tom Calvario.
Hilltoppers facts/figures: QB Daniel Lozada leads the team in rushing with 110 yards and is 20-for-48 for 200 yards with three TDs and four INTs passing over three games. ... Top receivers are Kyle Kaledas (10 catches, 63 yards, 1 TD) and Jeremy Hoban (eight catches, 108 yards). ... Have been outscored 156-21 in four games thus far.
Notable: First meeting between the schools. ... "They are quick and elusive,' Calvario said of Nativity. "We match up with them on the line of scrimmage, but we need to contain them from getting to the outside. We'll need to be ready to play form the opening kickoff, not walk around in a daze and stay focused for 48 minutes.'
UPPER PERKIOMEN (1-3) AT METHACTON (1-3), 1 P.M.
PAC-10 records: Upper Perkiomen 1-2, Methacton 1-2.
Last week: Upper Perkiomen defeated Pope John Paul II 37-14; Methacton lost to Pottsgrove 28-7.
Indians facts/figures: Snapped 14-game losing streak dating back to 2011 in a big way last week when senior RB Aidan Schaffer ran for 392 yards and six touchdowns. ... Offense rolled up 639 total yards, including 533 on the ground. ... Defense allowed a season-low 231 total yards, getting sacks from Owen Leister and Mitch Fretz and an interception from Chandler Carberry. ... Sophomore lineman Mahlon Schaffer has been contributing standout play, according to coach Steve Moyer.
Warriors facts/figures: Showed grit in defeat last week despite falling in 21-0 second-quarter hole. ... Bido Gouda had two sacks and WR Dillon Alderfer had four receptions for 63 yards and a TD. ... Three losses are to teams who are a combined 11-1 thus far. ... DT Lucas Hepp, who had a sack last week, has been improving by the week, according to coach Paul Lepre.
Notable: Upper Perkiomen leads the series 3-2, though Methacton has won the last two meetings, including 35-6 last year. ... "I am sure they will come in here confident after their win this past week,' Lepre said of the Indians. "We need to come ready to play four quarters.' ... "It will be a real challenge to see if our offense can continue some of its success, because Methacton's defense is really tough,' said Moyer.
SPRINGSIDE CHESTNUT HILL (3-1) AT HILL SCHOOL (0-2), 2:30 P.M.
Last week: Springside Chestnut Hill fell to Father Judge 35-0; Hill School lost to Episcopal Academy 29-9.
Blue Devils facts/figures: Opened season with three straight victories (28-13 over George Washington, 27-26 over Central and 27-0 over Pennington School) before being blanked last week. ... RB Kyle Lawlor ran for 115 yards and two TDs in the win over Pennington School. ... QB/S Paul Dooley is a force on both sides of the ball.
Rams facts/figures: Feature the area's most potent quarterback/wideout duo in Matt Foltz (444 passing yards, two TDs in two games) and Grant Smith (18 receptions, 326 yards, two TDs). ... Smith had 13 catches for 197 yards and a TD last week. ... 6-foot-4, 264-pound DL Kostya Golobokov had a sack last week.
Notable: Springside Chestnut Hill leads the series 4-2, having won 9-3 last year. ... Hill School trying to reverse trend that has seen Rams win just once in past 13 games.
— Compiled by Darryl Grumling