Mercury-Area Week 6 Preview Capsules

Friday’s games
Perkiomen School at Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bucks, 2:30 p.m.
Record: Perkiomen School 3-1 overall; FCA Bucks 1-4 overall.
Last week: Perkiomen School defeated Nativity BVM, 34-0; FCA Bucks lost to Maryland Christian, 20-0.
Panthers Facts/Figures: Against Nativity, Josh Cruz rushed for a game-high 102 yards and a touchdown as the Perk rebounded from a loss to the George School. … David Juechter added 92 yards on the ground in the win.
Bucks Facts/Figures: Bucks are losers of three in a row after a win over Concordia in Week 1. … Bucks were outscored 109-6 in those losses. … Senior Joshua Edwards leads team with 156 rushing yards.
Notable: FCA, formerly known as Eastern Shore, is in its third season with a football program. … This is the first meeting between the two schools. … Team is comprised of home-schooled students and students who go to a school without a football program.

Pope John Paul II at Perkiomen Valley, 7 p.m.
Record: Pope John Paul II 0-4 PAC-10, 0-5 overall; Perkiomen Valley 4-0 PAC-10, 5-0 overall.
Last week: Pope John Paul II lost to Boyertown, 42-22; Perkiomen Valley defeated Pottstown, 42-7.
Golden Panthers Facts/Figures: Ricky D’Aquilante made his presence felt on the offensive side of the ball in loss to Boyertown Monday. He caught three passes for 17 yards and a touchdown. … Senior quarterback Matt Duff and senior receiver Jared Johns-Lupold continue to be bright spots for PJP after another solid performance. Duff threw for 122 yards and three scores, Johns-Lupold hauled in six passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns.
Vikings Facts/Figures: Junior quarterback Stephen Sturm threw for another two touchdowns vs. Pottstown and is tied atop the PAC-10 in passing touchdowns with 15. … Justin Jaworski extended his lead in receptions (22 for 344 yards) after hauling in five receptions for 53 yards in win over Pottstown.
Notable: Perk Valley senior running back/linebacker Jack Lindberger will be on opposite sidelines of his father, Don Lindberger, who is a running back coach for PJP. … Friday is Perk Valley’s Homecoming Game. … The Vikings have never lost to PJP.

Methacton at Boyertown, 7 p.m.
Record: Methacton 0-4 PAC-10, 0-5 overall; Boyertown 2-2 PAC-10, 2-3 overall.
Last week: Methacton lost to Spring-Ford, 82-0; Boyertown defeated Pope John Paul II, 42-22.
Warriors Facts/Figures: Team was on the wrong side of history in loss to Spring-Ford, suffering the worst loss in the PAC-10 to date. … Ryan O’Toole leads team with 261 yards rushing with two rushing touchdowns. … Warriors have been outscored by 210 points this season.
Bears Facts/Figures: Senior quarterback Lawrence Garnett rushed and passed for more than 150 yards apiece in Bears’ win over PJP Monday. … Dan Heller also had a breakout performance with an 83-yard touchdown grab a 53-yard run on a reverse. … Heller averages 39 yards per reception, hauling in three passes for 117 yards.
Notable: Boyertown hasn’t won two straight games since winning three straight last season against Owen J. Roberts, Pottstown and Phoenixville. Bears have been outscored 118-55 in the second quarter.

Pottsgrove at Spring-Ford, 7 p.m.
Record: Pottsgrove 3-1 PAC-10, 3-2 overall; Spring-Ford 4-0 PAC-10, 5-0 overall.
Last week: Pottsgrove defeated Upper Perkiomen, 47-6; Spring-Ford defeated Methacton, 82-0.

Pottstown at Phoenixville, 7 p.m.
Record: Pottstown 2-1 PAC-10, 4-1 overall; Phoenixville 1-3 PAC-10, 1-4 overall.
Last week: Pottstown lost to Perkiomen Valley, 42-7; Phoenixville lost to Owen J. Roberts, 21-10.
Trojans Facts/Figures: Senior quarterback Brandon Tinson was held under 100 yards rushing for the first time in three games as the Trojans fell for the first time. … Tinson is still second in the PAC-10 in rushing yards (495) with Bryant Wise fourth.
Phantoms Facts/Figures: Phoenixville couldn’t get ball rolling after rough loss to Pottsgrove, falling to OJR in a game tightly contested until the second half. … Quarterback Troy Rossman has had a rough go of late, throwing for only 111 yards and one interception in the last two losses. … Matt Palubinsky remains primary threat for Phantoms on offense and defense.
Notable: The Phantoms have won two of the last three against Pottstown. … A win would double Phoenixville’s win total from last season.

Owen J. Roberts at Upper Perkiomen, 7 p.m.
Record: Owen J. Roberts 2-1 PAC-10, 2-3 overall; Upper Perkiomen 1-3 PAC-10, 1-4 overall.
Last week: Owen J. Roberts defeated Phoenixville, 21-10; Upper Perkiomen lost to Pottsgrove, 47-6.
Wildcats Facts/Figures: Wildcats allowed 112 yards of total offense in win over Phoenixville. … Bryce Weeks finished with 93 yards rushing in the win. Weeks is 12th in the PAC-10 in rushing yards (259). … Wildcats have three players with 2.5 sacks or more (Weeks 3, Conor Mitchell 2.5 and Nick Duliakas 2.5).
Indians Facts/Figures: Indians only mustered 51 yards on the ground in loss to Falcons last week. … Michael Felix is still UP’s leading back with 396 rushing yards, good for third in the PAC-10. … Indians are being outscored 203-80 on the season.
Notable: Indians have started season 1-4 or worse in every year since 2010. … Wildcats are looking for back-to-back wins since winning three straight in 2012.

Daniel Boone at Reading, 7 p.m.
Record: Daniel Boone 0-2 Berks 1, 3-2 overall; Reading 0-2 Berks 1, 2-3 overall.
Last week: Daniel Boone lost to Muhlenberg, 34-14; Reading lost to Conrad Weiser, 32-30.
Blazers Facts/Figures: Blazers, already without top RB Cinque Ramsey, lost starting quarterback Nick Hughes to a lower body injury in the second half of the team’s loss to Muhlenberg last week. … Ryan Okuniewski could get start behind center if Hughes isn’t ready to go. Okuniewski led the team to two touchdown drives in final quarter in loss.
Red Knights Facts/Figures: Running back Jai Whitlock leads the Berks Football League with 769 rushing yards, is third in rushing touchdowns (10) and averages 7.3 yards per carry. … Two of Reading’s losses have come on a combined five points (32-30 loss to Conrad Weiser; 21-18 loss to Harrisburg).
Notable: Reading hasn’t beaten Daniel Boone since 2012. … Last week’s game between Conrad Weiser and Reading was suspended for 20 minutes due to a power outage.

Saturday’s Games
Peddie School at The Hill School, 3 p.m.
Record: Peddie School 0-0 MAPL, 2-1 overall; Hill School 0-0 MAPL, 0-3 overall.
Last week: Peddie School defeated Master Dei Prep, 47-12; Hill School lost to Springside-Chestnut Hill, 23-20.
Falcons Facts/Figures: Postgrad Juwan Dolbrice finished with 278 yards of total offense, including 95 yards rushing on five carries and five receptions for 183 yards in win last week. … Luke Moorehead made his debut last week throwing for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
Rams Facts/Figures: Hill held 20-6 lead into fourth quarter before falling to Chestnut Hill last week. … Team limited Blue Devils to -4 yards rushing. … Trey Humes had a big game rushing against SCH with 139 yards on 15 carries.
Notable: This is MAPL opener for both schools. … Peddie School head coach is Chris Malleo, taking over for Francis deLaurentis, the head coach from 1996-2005 and 2009-2014. … Francis is the father of daughter Julie deLaurentis, the Hill School’s softball coach.

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