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Reporter/Times Herald Week 6 Football: Souderton’s clash with Quakertown in “309 Bowl” kicks off season’s 2nd half

Souderton Area huddles during its clash with Central Bucks East. (Kev Hunter/MediaNews Group).

Souderton looks to stay on a roll while Quakertown aims for an upset victory over its longtime rival, as the two battle in the “309 Bowl” Friday night at Quakertown.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

Big Red comes into this contest at 4-1, fresh off a 38-0 shutout of Truman. The Panthers are also coming off a shutout victory, having blanked Council Rock South 16-0.

Souderton owns a 2-0 record in the Suburban One League Continental Conference while Quakertown comes in 1-0 in the conference.

Big Red got it going in the second half last week against Truman.

Souderton led 10-0 at the break and then put together a 21-point third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Big Red’s bevy of backs contributed in a big way, with Caleb Hageman contributing a key touchdown.

Souderton’s defense put together a terrific performance.

“Thankfully the defense did what they did in the first half to give us the opportunity to wake up, ” said head coach Edward Gallagher of the win.

A 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jared Zimmerman to tight end Grayson Largent kept the offense rolling in the second half.

Fullback Chris Kerns and Hageman helped power a ground attack that piled up 369 yards and four touchdowns.

Hageman is coming off one of his best games of the season with 127 yards and a pair of scores.

Alumni Field should be packed once again, with the host Panthers coming in with plenty of momentum after their shutout win over Rock South.

Running back/safety John Eatherton was instrumental on both sides of the ball for Quakertown.

Eatherton scored a touchdown on a run up the middle from the one-yard line just before the break, then he caught a 76-yard touchdown pass from Vincent Micucci and also added a two-point conversion in the third quarter.

Eatherton should serve as a leader once again for a young Panther squad looking for a win over its arch rival.

North Penn at Central Bucks South
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at CB South.
Records: North Penn is 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the SOL National. CB South is 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the SOL National.
Last Week: The Knights fell 35-14 to CB West. South lost 28-6 to Pennsbury.
Players to Watch: Quarterback Ryan Zeltt gets a lot of receivers involved in the North Penn attack. Brett Szarko looks to get the South offense back on track.
Prediction: North Penn 21, Central Bucks South 14.

Central Bucks East at Pennsbury
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Pennsbury.
Records: Pennsbury is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SOL National.
Last Week: The Falcons won 28-6 over CB South. East prevailed in overtime, 16-13 over Pennridge.
Players to Watch: A tremendous ground game for the Pats is complemented by a solid passing attack, which includes tight end Jack Donnelly. Linebacker Chamar Wade had a pick six last week for the Falcons.
Prediction: Central Bucks East 24, Pennsbury 21.

Central Bucks West at Abington
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Abington.
Records: CB West is 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the SOL National. Abington is 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the SOL National.
Last Week: The Bucks earned a 35-14 win over North Penn. The Ghosts were shut out 26-0 by Neshaminy.
Players to Watch: Matt Cleland has been a versatile weapon for the Bucks. Josh Young is an impact player on both sides of the ball for the Ghosts.
Prediction: Central Bucks West 21, Abington 7.

Neshaminy at Pennridge
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Pennridge.
Records: Neshaminy is 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the SOL National.
Last Week: The Skins won 26-0 over Abington. Pennridge fell in overtime, 16-13 to CB East.
Players to Watch: Trevor Fuhs is part of a tough secondary for the Rams. Markus Barnett has a nose for the end zone for the Skins.
Prediction: Pennridge 17, Neshaminy 14.

Souderton at Quakertown
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Quakertown.
Records: Souderton is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SOL Continental. Quakertown is 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the SOL Continental.
Last Week: Big Red blanked Truman 38-0. Quakertown shut out Council Rock South 16-0.
Players to Watch: Big Red has a lot of weapons to go to, including a tough runner in Chris Kearns. Max Morris brings a solid pair of hands to the Panther passing attack.
Prediction: Souderton 24, Quakertown 17.

Council Rock North at Upper Dublin
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Upper Dublin.
Records: Rock North is 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the SOL Continental. Upper Dublin is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the SOL Continental.
Last Week: The Indians fell 22-14 to Bensalem. The Cards shut out Wissahickon 47-0.
Players to Watch: The Cardinal offense is ignited by quarterback Colin O’Sullivan. Gavin Papp caught a 22-yard TD pass last week for Rock North.
Prediction: Upper Dublin 28, Council Rock North 14.

Wissahickon at Springfield-Montco
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Springfield.
Records: Wissahickon is 0-5 overall and 0-0 in the SOL American. Springfield is 3-1 overall and 0-0 in the SOL American.
Last Week: The Trojans were shut out 47-0 by Upper Dublin. The Spartans lost 42-21 to Phoenixville.
Players to Watch: The Trojans can hand the ball to speedy Jaden McClean. John Adams is a solid linebacker for Springfield.
Prediction: Springfield-Montco 19, Wissahickon 12.

Cheltenham at Plymouth Whitemarsh
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at PW.
Records: The Panthers are 3-2 overall and 0-0 in the SOL American. PW is 3-2 overall and 0-0 in the SOL American.
Last Week: Cheltenham shut out Upper Darby 34-0. The Colonials got their second shutout in a row, 46-0 over J.P. McClaskey.
Players to Watch: PW quarterback Aiden O’Brien has been challenging defenses with his arm and his legs. Jordan Lilly is a versatile weapon for the Panthers.
Prediction: Plymouth Whitemarsh 22, Cheltenham 10.

Pope John Paul II at Pottsgrove
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Pottsgrove.
Records: PJP is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the PAC Frontier. Pottsgrove is 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the PAC Frontier.
Last Week: The Golden Panthers blew out Upper Perk 42-14. The Falcons prevailed 27-7 over Pottstown.
Players to Watch: Logan Wesselt has been an accurate arm for PJP. Riley Delp caught two touchdown passes last week for Pottsgrove.
Prediction: Pope John Paul II  31, Pottsgrove 24.

Upper Merion at Upper Perkiomen
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Upper Perk.
Records: Upper Merion is 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the PAC Frontier. Upper Perk is 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the PAC Frontier.
Last Week: The Vikings lost 27-20 to Phoenixville. The Indians lost 42-14 to PJP.
Players to Watch: The Vikings have benefited from the strong play of quarterback Zayd Etheridge. Quarterback Mike Boyle has been heating up for Upper Perk.
Prediction: Upper Merion 25, Upper Perkiomen 16.

Boyertown at Norristown
Time/Place: Saturday, 2 p.m., at Norristown.
Records: Boyertown is 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the PAC Liberty. Norristown is 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the PAC Liberty.
Last Week: The Bears were shut out 42-0 by Spring-Ford. Norristown lost 49-14 to Methacton. Jason Oakes did some solid running last week for Boyertown.
Players to Watch: Quarterback Brendan Farrell leads the Norristown offense.
Prediction: Norristown 28, Boyertown 20.

Perkiomen Valley at Methacton
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Methacton.
Records: Methacton is 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the PAC Liberty. Perk Valley is 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the PAC Liberty.
Last Week: The Warriors won 49-14 over Norristown. PV edged OJR 20-13.
Players to Watch: Tyler Weil-Kaspar’s breakaway speed has been a nice weapon for the Warriors. Drew Kenworthy had three sacks last week for PV.
Prediction: Perkiomen Valley 20, Methacton 14.

La Salle at Calvert Hall School (Md.)
Time/Place: Saturday, 1 p.m., at Calvert.
Records: La Salle is 1-3 overall and 0-0 in the PCL Red. Calvert Hall is 2-3.
Last Week: The Explorers were idle. Calvert Hall lost 42-7 to Archbishop Spalding.
Players to Watch: Steve Davis helps power the Explorer ground game. D.J. Ringgold Jr. is a speedy target for Calvert Hall.
Prediction: La Salle 24, Calvert Hall 17.

Archbishop Carroll at Lansdale Catholic
Time/Place: Friday, 7 p.m., at Conshohocken A Field
Records: LC is 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the PCL Blue. Carroll is 0-5 overall and 0-2 in the PCL Blue.
Last Week: The Crusaders blanked Egan 10-0. Carroll fell 21-7 to Ryan.
Players to Watch: The Crusaders have a bevy of strong backs, including Efrain Quiles. Jamarr Ebron contributes in the secondary for Carroll.
Prediction: Lansdale Catholic 17, Archbishop Carroll 10.

Germantown Academy at Peddie School (N.J.)
Time/Place: Saturday, 2 p.m., at Peddie.
Records: GA is 4-0 overall and 0-0 in the InterAc. Peddie is 2-1 overall.
Last Week: The Patriots won 35-12 over Blair Academy (N.J.). Peddie won 40-29 over Kiski School.
Players to Watch: Tripp Capers is part of an explosive backfield for the Patriots. Wide receiver/free safety Max Baldeon is a two-way contributor for Peddie.
Prediction: Germantown Academy 21, Peddie School 17.

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