Anyone who witnessed last Friday night’s season opener at Quakertown, saw the highlights on TV, read about it or heard from somebody else doesn’t need to be reminded of all the particulars.
Suffice it to say that the Panthers were ready for their home and season opener by virtue of the 51-20 victory.
Quakertown scored early and often, rattling off 17 unanswered points before taking a 30-17 advantage into halftime. The Panthers did most of the damage on the ground, as 414 of their total offensive output of 481 yards came on the run. Nine different ball carriers shared the 43 handoffs, which works out to over nine yards a carry.
The effort spoiled the return of Indian head coach Steve Moyer, who previously coached at his alma mater from 1986-1997.
What Upper Perk did do offensively was show a balanced attack. Aidan Schaffer, a junior who saw limited action last season, proved he can be a workhorse as he lugged the ball 17 times for 66 yards. And senior quarterback Dylan Wesley, who has the bulk of the offensive workload and expectations on his shoulders, responded as he completed eight of his 14 attempts for 146 yards. He also figured in on all of the scoring as he passed for all three of the Tribe’s scores.
His touchdown strikes all came in the big-play department as well as he connected on strikes of 36, 40 and 26 yards. Senior Robbie Hinson proved Wesley’s favorite target as the two combined for three catches covering 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Ryan Harris also caught three passes that spanned 61 yards and one score.
Harris helped the Indians get on the board in the second quarter as he pulled in a 36-yard offering from Wesley. Upper Perk scored one touchdown each in the final two frames, the first a 40-yard pass to Hinson and the second a 26-yard aerial also hauled in by Hinson.
Besides the balance of the offense, Upper Perk can also be consoled that its next opponent was equally roughed up in its opener. Boyertown, a team the Tribe is more accustomed to playing in the cold of November for the season finale rather than the heat of September in the Pioneer Athletic Conference opener, fell 48-26 at home to Central Bucks East in week one.
The Patriots piled up over 500 yards of offense in the win, 467 of which came on the ground. Boyertown, to its credit, did its part to keep it close as they trailed 14-12 at the half. But C.B. East’s ground game proved too much, outscoring the Bears 34-14 in the second half.
Boyertown’s offense showed some balance of its own, totaling over 400 yards (267 rush, 142 pass). Senior quarterback Griffin Pasik tossed for a touchdown and a pick, and Matt Moccia took care of the grunt work as he carried 19 times for 150 yards and two scores. Eric Heller aided the Bears’ ground game with 12 carries for 79 yards and a score.
Upper Perk will look to rebound against the Bears tomorrow at home in a 7 p.m. PAC-10 showdown. The game will be the Tribe’s Armed Forces Game, as men and women in uniform will be honored in a pre-game ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m.