BOYERTOWN — Defensive coordinators scout Spring-Ford's No. 6 and they see a slew of traits that make them cringe.
Speed, footwork, agility, and the ability to elude tacklers have made Jarred Jones a Player of the year candidate while also becoming the bulls-eye that opposing coordinators zero in on.
What's not to fear from the senior running back?
So imagine the chagrin of Jones as he was "bottled' up for only 73 yards in the first half as the Rams took a 14-7 advantage into the locker room against Boyertown on a "Black Out' night from Memorial Stadium.
Was this night going to be a repeat of the Perkiomen Valley game the week before ' a win by the books but moreso because of a dominating defense effort, rather than an offensive showing?
"Coach (Jamie) Cutaneo told me to get in there and start running hard,' Jones said. "I told him "All right coach I got you, don't you worry about it.''
Jones wasn't kidding.
An 80-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the second half along with 75-yard scamper on the next drive made Jones' words ring true as Spring-Ford rode a second-half surge to a 41-14 victory over the Bears, silencing any indication that this team is solely built around defense.
"We just decided to run the ball a little more in the second half,' Spring-Ford head coach Chad Brubaker said. "We want to be more balanced offensively. We were trying things out in the first half and we were moving the ball, but we would have a missed snap or something (that would stall the drive).'
Offense hasn't been a word coming out of many of the folks from Spring-Ford in the last week.
After a 14-7 victory in a defensive slugfest over Perkiomen Valley last Friday, the status quo remained in tact. The Rams' defense forced early pressure on Bears' quarterback Griffin Pasik, and limited the no-huddle offense to only seven points even though the Bears had outgained the Rams 165-147 in the half.
Their offense, meanwhile, had some hiccups in the early going. Despite having a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter, the Rams were hampered by penalties and missed assignments that stalled drives and, in one case, resulted in having to punt from their own one-yard line.
A 28-yard punt left the Bears in great field position as they only needed five plays to march down the 29 yards, culminating in a four-yard strike from Pasik to tight end Tyler Zilen.
Unfortunately for the Bears, their highlight was quickly dampened after halftime.
"(Heading into halftime) I feel like it's always been the offense that has to step up,' Jones said. "At halftime we were like ' I'm so sick of this,' everybody (on offense) was sick of being the one that always had to improve (during the game). Let's go out in the second half and do it. We know what we have to do but it's all about getting to the places, doing the right things and then everything starts to open up.'
"We can do better,' he added. "This is Spring-Ford football. This is not our game. Let's step it up and get on our grind. Our defense always puts in work and the offense was slacking.'
Whatever speech occurred in the locker room lit a fire underneath the Rams coming out of the break.
Despite fumbling on its second possession of the half, Spring-Ford rode a 80-yard sprint from Jones on the first play from scrimmage, followed by a 75-yard touchdown in which Jones took a handoff off-tackle, spun around the defensive end and then sprinted down the sideline for the score, to build a commanding 28-7 lead in the waning moments of the third quarter.
"They have a pretty good running back in (Jones),' Boyertown head coach Mark Scisly said. "He broke a couple on us, we got caught out of position and it kind of snowballed from there.'
The Rams defense made sure the blizzard continued as they forced the Bears to punt or turn it over on downs in six of the team's seven possessions of the second half. The defensive line buckled down and got to Pasik three times in the second half as the Bears' only score came in the last juncture of the game — a three-yard run by Richmond with 1:24 left in the contest.
"Spring-Ford is a good team, their defense was good,' Scisly said. "Unfortunately we didn't take advantage of some opportunities we had in the first half.'
The Bears, despite being gashed for 402 yards in the contest, registered five sacks while forcing Spring-Ford quarterback Brandon Leacraft to throw one interception.
Pasik finished the game with 107 yards on 12 of 28 passing and one touchdown. Richmond finished the game with 94 yards rushing on 29 attempts. He also accounted for 19 yards through the air after a quarterback-throwback brought the Bears' within striking distance of a score — only to be stymied by the Rams defense in the early going.
"We didn't move the ball at times. You got to convert. We didn't' take advantage of our opportunities.'
"We've got to regroup next week. We've got to get ready for Owen J. We have to keep our heads on straight, things will be fine.'
Jones finished the game with 243 yards on 15 carries and four touchdowns for the Rams. Connor Murphy, Matt Daywalt and Alec Vagnozzi all registered one sack.
The Rams' 41-point onslaught was seen in good eyes by Brubaker, but the coach is looking for more consistency heading into next week's game against Pottsgrove.
"Coming out of PV we didn't play well offensively or on special teams,' Brubaker said. "We made a special teams mistake tonight. We were better on offense tonight; we just need to be more consistent.'
"Pottsgrove. That loss last year left a sour taste in our mouth,' Jones said. "(We've) got to comeback with some vengeance, some fire and do what we do — win the Spring-Ford way.'
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Spring-Ford 7 7 14 13 — 41
Boyertown 0 7 0 7 — 14
SF-Jones 5 run (Gulati kick)
SF-Jones 5 run (Gulati kick)
Bt-Zilen 4 pass from Pasik (Giorgio kick)
SF-Jones 80 run (Gulati kick)
SF-Jones 75 run (Gulati kick)
SF-Hopkins 12 pass from Leacraft (Gulati kick)
SF-Allerton fumble recovery endzone (Kick blocked)
Bt-Richmond 3 run (Giorgio kick)
First Downs 21 20
Rushing yards 275 198
Passing yards 127 106
Total yards 402 304
Passes C-A-I 9-24-1 12-28-1
Fumbles-Lost 3-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 2-14 5-62
Punts-Avg. 4-35 5-36
Spring-Ford: Jones, 15-243 4 TDs; Matthews, 1-21; Welsh, 3-11; Hopkins, 1-8; Leacraft, 1-7; Vu, 1-5; Barone, 1-(-3); Scarcelle, 1-(-17).
Boyertown: Richmond, 29-94 1 TD; Pasik, 17-86; Heller, 6-17; Siejk, 1-5.
Spring-Ford: Leacraft, 9-24-131, 1T D, 1 INT; DeMedio, 1-1-29.
Boyertown: Pasik, 12-28-107, 1 TD, 1 INT; Richmond, 1-1-19.
Spring-Ford: Hopkins, 2-43, 1 TD; Jones, 2-29; Sink, 2-26; Markey, 1-29; Matthews, 1-16; Leah, 1-11; Vagnozzi 1-6.
Boyertown: Zilen, 5-40, 1 TD; Hughes, 3-34; Bill, 2-21; Heller, 2-12; Pasik, 1-19.
Interceptions: Spring-Ford-Leahy; Boyertown-Richmond.
Sacks: Spring-Ford-Murphy, Daywalt, Vagnozzi. Boyertown-Borzillo 2, Dardas 2, Zilen.