Souderton, CB West both trying to avoid 0-2

Two football teams trying to put opening-week losses behind them and get back to .500 will do battle under the lights at War Memorial Stadium Friday night, as Souderton Area travels to Central Bucks West.

Kickoff time is 7 p.m.

Big Red is coming off a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to Plymouth Whitemarsh last week, a game in which the Indians moved the ball in chunks but struggled to finish off potential scoring drives in a 20-14 defeat.

The Bucks, meanwhile, fell behind big by halftime before putting together a pair of scoring marches in the third quarter of a 40-14 loss to rival Central Bucks South.

Quarterback Eddie Shields will be a key for the Bucks in their multiple sets — last week against South, Shields got the West attack going after halftime, rushing for one score and throwing to Kevin O’Hanlon for another.

West will look to tighten its special teams, as the Bucks dug themselves in a hole early, giving up a kickoff return for a touchdown, and the West run defense will try to clog up the holes — the Bucks allowed four rushing touchdowns in Week One.

The run defense will be key for the Bucks if they are to limit the production of Souderton’s Wing-T.

The Indians, looking solid offensively, racked up 307 yards of offense last week — 170 on the ground and 157 through the air. Jamar White had 66 rushing yards for Big Red while Blake Gular added 54.

The passing attack showed promise for Souderton last week, as Joey Curotto completed 13 of 22 passes, including four catches for 31 yards by Gular and two catches for 56 yards by Matt Halteman.

Keys for Souderton will be finishing inside the 25-yard line, as well as doing a better job against the run — PW’s splendid tailback, Nafeese Nasir, amassed 196 yards against Big Red last week.

It’s a battle between a pair of old rivals that now reside in different conferences of the Suburban One League, and a battle that both teams are intent on winning in order to avoid an 0-2 start.

The Bucks took last year’s non-conference match-up, prevailing 34-19 in Week Two at Souderton.

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