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Mercury-Area Week 6 Preview

Upper Perkiomen at Upper Merion, 7 p.m.

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Record: Upper Perkiomen 1-0 PAC, 2-3 overall; Upper Merion 0-1 PAC, 1-4 overall.

Last week’s result: Upper Perkiomen defeated Phoenixville 47-35; Upper Merion lost to Pottsgrove 35-0.

Indians Facts/Figures: Tyler Whary rushed for 203 yards as Indians held on in fourth quarter to top Phoenixville. … QB Zeke Hallman dropped to third in passing yards (929) but is still second in the league with 14 touchdowns. Senior QB has only thrown two interceptions and is completing 58 percent of his passes. … Ryan Kendra is tied for league lead with three interceptions.

Vikings Facts/Figures: Nothing went right for Vikings in last week’s loss to Falcons. … Team was limited to 32 yards through the air and 75 on the ground. … Vikings are last in PAC in total offense (165.2 ypg), and 11th in points per game (9.6).

Be on the Lookout: Upper Merion hasn’t faced a team predicated on passing … until Friday. Let’s see how Hallman and receivers Kendra and Tyler Keyser fare.

Prediction: Upper Perkiomen keeps sccoring as defense does just enough. Indians win 31-14.

Boyertown at Perkiomen Valley, 7 p.m.
Boyertown's Hunter Vogels is congratulated by teammate Ryan Zern after a long touchdown run in the second quarter against Upper Perkiomen. (Austin Hertzog - Digital First Media)

Boyertown’s Hunter Vogels is congratulated by teammate Ryan Zern after a long touchdown run in the second quarter against Upper Perkiomen. (Austin Hertzog – Digital First Media)

Record: Boyertown 1-0 PAC, 2-3 overall; Perkiomen Valley 1-0 PAC, 5-0 overall.

Last week’s result: Boyertown defeated Methacton 46-41; Perkiomen Valley defeated Owen J. Roberts 43-7.

Bears Facts/Figures: Bears won a thriller last week, outscoring the Warriors 12-6 in the final quarter after Methacton took a 35-34 lead after three. … QB Jerry Kapp got going again on the ground with 121 yards rushing on 14 carries and three scores. He also completed 7-of-11 for 176 and two scores. … Bears snapped three-game losing streak.

Vikings Facts/Figures: QB Stephen Sturm leads the league with 1,446 passing yards and 18 touchdowns through team’s first five games. … Sean Owens hauled in four passes for 75 yards and David Williams was a dual threat in the run and pass game as Vikings fared well with leading receiver Justin Jaworski out with injury. … Team ranks first in total offense (406.8 ypg).

Be on the Lookout: Boyertown hasn’t defeated PV since 2010 and the ugliest game came last year in 51-0 loss. How do they respond?

Prediction: PV wins 42-14.

Spring-Ford at Methacton, 7 p.m.
Spring-Ford's Matt Gibson takes a carry against Exeter. (Austin Hertzog - Digital First Media)

Spring-Ford’s Matt Gibson takes a carry against Exeter. (Austin Hertzog – Digital First Media)

Record: Spring-Ford 1-0 PAC, 4-1 overall; Methacton 0-1 PAC, 1-4 overall.

Last week’s result: Spring-Ford defeated Norristown 50-14; Methacton lost to Boyertown 46-41.

Rams Facts/Figures: Rams have scored the most points of any team in the PAC so far (216). … TJ Pergine now ranks second in PAC in passing yards (941) after throwing for 195 yards in last week’s win. … Rams built 43-7 lead at the half and have now outscored opposing teams 143-37 in first two quarters.

Warriors Facts/Figures: QB Jason Eckman had his best game to date against Boyertown, completing 10-of-16 passes for 112 yards. … Ryan O’Toole had season-best 83 yards rushing for Warriors in loss to Boyertown. Warriors still rank last in total defense (412.8 ypg).

Be on the Lookout: Warriors remember 82-0 result from last year and will be hungry to have a better showing.

Prediction: Spring-Ford wins, but not by 82 points. SF wins 35-13.

Pope John Paul II at Phoenixville, 7 p.m.
Pope John Paul II's Brandon Knox runs through the hole during the third quarter. (Sam Stewart - Digital First Media)

Pope John Paul II’s Brandon Knox runs through the hole during the third quarter. (Sam Stewart – Digital First Media)

Record: Pope John Paul II 1-0 PAC, 2-3 overall; Phoenixville 0-1 PAC, 2-3 overall.

Last week’s result: Pope John Paul II defeated Pottstown 20-6; Phoenixville lost to Upper Perkiomen 47-35.

Golden Panthers Facts/Figures: PJP is riding a two-game winning streak, the first time it’s accomplished the feat in five seasons … QB Matt DeLaurentis is 64-for-117 for 752 yards and 8 TDs (5 INTs) this season. His 64 completions are third-most in the PAC.

Phantoms Facts/Figures: Against Upper Perk, RB Matt Garcia rushed for 238 yards and three scores on 23 carries. At 845 rushing yards on the year, he could break the 1,000-yard barrier vs. PJP.

Be on the Lookout: Phantoms should be desperate to avoid an 0-2 start in the PAC and expect to play like it.

Prediction: Phoenixville gets it done, 24-20

Daniel Boone at Governor Mifflin, 7 p.m.

Record: Daniel Boone 1-0 Berks I, 2-2 overall; Governor Mifflin 1-0 Berks 1, 3-1 overall.

Last week’s result: Daniel Boone defeated Muhlenberg 26-23; Governor Mifflin defeated Exeter 28-21.

Blazers Facts/Figures: Blazers won second straight with last-second win over Muhlenberg. … WR Ryan Okuniewski leads team with 17 receptions for 289 yards. … Spencer McIntosh has rushed for 256 yards on 71 carries. Blazers have outscored opponents 19-0 in fourth, but have been outscored 66-7 in the second quarter.

Mustangs Facts/Figures: Run-heavy offense has churned up 884 yards on the ground in first four games. … Ajay Sczepkowski leads team with eight receptions for 102 yards.

Be on the Lookout: Blazers run defense allowed 239 yards to Muhlenberg’s Brandon Gassert in last week’s win. How will they rebound against Mifflin?

Prediction: Mifflin stunned Exeter last week and will be on the winning end again. Mifflin wins 28-21.

Nativity BVM at Perkiomen School, 7 p.m.

Record: Nativity BVM 1-4 overall; Perkiomen School 2-1 overall.

Last week’s result: Nativity BVM lost to Kutztown 27-13; Perkiomen School defeated George School 46-14.

Green Wave Facts/Figures: Green Wave have scored 20 points in four losses and have been shut out twice. … Green Wave’s win came against 1-4 Columbia Montour Vo-Tech from Bloomsburg.

Panthers Facts/Figures: Perkiomen School will play in night game at Upper Perkiomen. … Panthers have outscored opponents 100-27 in two wins.

Be on the Lookout: Perkiomen School has topped Nativity in past two seasons by margin of 83-7. Another blowout in store?

Prediction: Perk School wins easy, 34-6.

Saturday’s Games

Owen J. Roberts at Norristown, 1 p.m.

Record: Owen J. Roberts 0-1 PAC, 2-3 overall; Norristown 0-1 PAC, 0-5 overall.
Last week’s result: Owen J. Roberts lost to Perkiomen Valley 43-7; Norristown lost to Spring-Ford 50-14.
Wildcats Facts/Figures: Wildcats have scored just seven points in two losses that sandwich a 12-0 victory over Upper Merion. … Wildcats rank eighth in the PAC in total offense (232.2 ypg) and points per game (16.8). … Hunter Scherfel leads team with 267 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
Eagles Facts/Figures: Norristown struggling to put the pieces together in each of its five losses. … Team ranks 11th in total offense (197 ypg), 10th in points per game (9.6) and ninth in total defense (361.6 ypg).
Be on the Lookout: Both teams are looking to rebound after blowout losses. Who will be able to do it?
Prediction: Owen J. Roberts wins 24-16.

Pottsgrove at Pottstown, 2:30 p.m.

Pottsgrove runs out with American flags in hand prior to their game against West Catholic. Sam Stewart - Digital First Media

Pottsgrove runs out with American flags in hand prior to their game against West Catholic. Sam Stewart – Digital First Media

Record: Pottsgrove 1-0 PAC, 3-2 overall; Pottstown 0-1 PAC, 1-4 overall.
Last week’s result: Pottsgrove defeated Upper Merion 35-0; Pottstown lost to Pope John Paul II 20-6.
Outlook: See Story
Prediction: Pottsgrove wins 42-16.

Hill School at Springside-Chestnut Hill, 3:30 p.m.

Record: Hill School 2-1 overall; SCHA 3-1 overall.
Last week’s result: Hill School lost to Episcopal Academy 23-19; SCHA lost
Rams Facts/Figures: Daniel Adeboboye again rushed for more than 100 yards, rushing for 125 yards on 18 carries in last week’s loss to Episcopal. … Syre Gruber led the team with 89 yards passing last week.
Blue Devils Facts/Figures: SCHA came up with big wins against Roman Catholic and Father Judge in consecutive wins. Teams lone loss came to Blue Mountain (21-14) in Week 2.
Be on the Lookout: SCHA has not spelled good fortune for the Hill as the Rams are 0-5 in the last five years.
Prediction: Losing streak continues for Hill, SCHA wins 24-21.

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