Upper Perk junior quarterback Dylan Wesley looks for a teammate to throw to as he runs with the ball in last Friday night's game at Pottsgrove.
There are times when a weekly newspaper can shed a good bit of detail on a high school football game.
The deadline isn’t as tight as its daily counterparts are, and a weekly can delve into the Xs and Os, update any injuries and delve into the statistics in more detail.
But in regards to last Friday night’s football game between Upper Perkiomen and Pottsgrove, less is certainly more.
Suffice it to say that the Falcons, who have scored over 60 points against the Tribe the past three seasons, rushed out to a 26-0 lead after the first quarter. And the Falcons (1-0, 2-1) certainly didn’t stop there in both teams’ Pioneer Athletic Conference opener, adding six more touchdowns to make the 67-7 final an official romp.
When it was all said and done, Pottsgrove rushed for over 500 yards, forced six turnovers and held the Indians’ usual potent offense to just over 200 yards.
One of the bright spots for Upper Perk (0-1, 1-2) was running back John Olson. Olson, who rushed for over 150 yards in his previous two outings, was held in check for a much harder-earned 92 yards on 15 carries. His rushing effort accounted for all but 29 yards of the Indians’ ground game.
Olson also proved to be the Indians’ top target through the air as he caught two passes from junior quarterback Dylan Wesley for 37 yards. Ronnie Gillespie also pulled in two passes that spanned 22 yards.
Defensively, Kyle Fox led the team with six tackles, Marshall Henry notched five and linebackers Dalton Fleming and Cody Caciolo both tallied four apiece.
Pottsgrove tacked on two scores in their first four plays of offense, and added a pair of 70-plus-yard scoring runs to close out the quarter. The Falcons used the ground game throughout, attempting just one pass for 15 yards.
But alas, all hope is not lost for the Indians.
While there may be a bit of an identity crisis right now for the Tribe, who was expected to be one of the upper tier teams in the PAC-10 along the likes of the Falcons, there’s still plenty of season left.
And Indian head coach Keith Leamer is known as a master motivator. As well as he knows the ins and outs of all of the action from sideline to sideline, he also has been known to push the right buttons, challenge his teams and get them in the right frame of mind before kickoff.
Take a look into the results of Leamer’s results in his near decade-long run at Upper Perk, and you won’t see many games where the Indians take two lopsided losses back-to-back. The interesting thing to see will be how will Leamer can get everyone back into believing in him and the system, and get his team to start quick, rather than allow opponents to set the tone and then react off of that.
That’s not to say that Upper Perk won’t have its work cut out for them as they host Spring-Ford tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The Rams are a very talented team at 2-1 overall, 1-0 league. Spring-Ford is fresh off a 33-21 victory over Pope John Paul II in which head coach Chad Brubaker was pleased, but not quite elated with his team’s effort after jumping out to an early lead.
The Rams are led by a very good quarterback in Hank Coyne, whose favorite early target has been Andrew Scanlan. On the ground, Spring-Ford has no problem handing the ball off to Jarred Jones. Defensively, the Rams limited the Golden Panthers to 8 rushing yards but proved susceptible in the air, yielding over 300 passing yards.
It’s still very early in the 2011 season, but tomorrow night’s game against the Rams, and dare I look ahead into the Oct. 1 contest against an up-and-coming Methacton squad, will go a long way in determining the resolve of Upper Perk’s team.