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Owen J. Roberts vs Upper Perkiomen



Date Time League Season
October 9, 2015 7:00 pm PAC 2015


Owen J. Roberts2037737
Upper Perkiomen66


By Jeff Stover
MercuryXStover on Twitter
RED HILL >> It’s becoming a stable of runners capable of making many a horse fancier envious.
Owen J. Roberts’ offense boasts a potent backfield with no less than six players who have the ability to rack up hard yards and reach the end zone. They were out in force Friday at Upper Perkiomen, and at least a half-dozen contributed to the Wildcats’ 37-6 victory.
Four different backs scored for OJR in this Pioneer Athletic Conference contest, played on a turf field wet down by Friday’s late-afternoon thundershowers. But the skies stayed dry, and Roberts (3-1 league, 3-3 overall) scored its second straight victory with help from the guys toting the ball in the trenches and around the ends.

“It’s not a goal, but that’s cool,” OJR head coach Rich Kolka said about his squad’s multi-faced ground game. “We like to keep our running backs fresh. The more we can rotate, they fresher they’ll be.”

The touchdown parade featured Bryce Weeks, whose game-high 74 yards on nine carries was highlighted by a 22-yard scoring jaunt around his right end on Owen J’s second possession of the game; and Adam Pinelli (nine carries, 60 yards), who got the Wildcats’ scoring started with a 15-yard sprint through his right end seven plays from the opening kickoff.  Rayquon and Khalil Stewart got into the scoring act in the second half – Rayquon (nine carries, 26 yards) with a one-yard burst off center less than 3-1/2 minutes into the third quarter, Khalil (13 yards on six carries)  going two yards up the middle on what would be the ‘Cats’ final scoring drive.

Quarterback Mitch Bradford also added 57 yards on 11 totes to a running game that amassed 268 yards on the ground. He also got into Roberts’ scoring act … though not in the same fashion as his other offensive backfield mates.

Bradford got his touchdown on the defensive side of the ball. With less than a minute remaining in the first quarter, he picked off a pass by Upper Perk quarterback Zeke Hallman at the hosts’ 36-yard line and returned it to the end zone, staking OJR to a 20-0 lead.

“It was a third-and-15 situation,” Bradford recalled of the first “pick six” of his gridiron career. “They were running a cover route. I was in position to make the interception, and I got a great block on the way to the end zone.”

In and around the touchdowns, Owen J got the added bonus of a Matt Dinnocenti field goal. The Roberts senior launched a 36-yarder with 2:57 left before the half, staking Roberts to a 23-0 lead that went to 30 before UP (1-3, 1-4) was able to get on the scoreboard.

“We know he can kick (field goals) inside the 40,” Kolka said of Dinnocenti, who also made four conversions on the night on a similar number of tries. “He does a nice job getting the ball off quickly.”

While Roberts was riding its stable of backs up and down the field, Upper Perk’s offense was trying to get a spark  going. That didn’t happen until the 2:38 mark of the third quarter, when Tyler Keyser – alternating with Hallman at various points on the night – hooked up with Austin Bittenbender on a 68-yard pass play down the middle.

“Tyler’s a sophomore, and we’re trying to get him into the offense,” UP head coach Tom Hontz said. “He’s been coming along as a receiver, and we want to put him in the backfield.”

Up to that point, the Indians suffered through a number of  turnovers.

A fumble on their first touch of the game was recovered by Weeks, who took the ball in four plays later at the 6:17 mark. Along with Bradford’s “pick,” Dawson Stuart had one off Hallman (4-for-17, 48 yards), and Anthony Buehler intercepted Austin Tutolo’s halfback toss in the third.

“We emphasized that,” Kolka said. “We hadn’t been getting many turnovers the last couple weeks. And it was big that we took advantage of the turnovers to get points.”

The lone turnover Upper Perk forced – a fumble recovery by Mike Felix – proved significant in the early going. It came at the Indians’ one-yard line, stopping a nine-play 44-yard march with about seven minutes left in the first half and OJR holding a 20-0 lead.

“At times, it looked like we were taking a step backwards. At other times, it looked like we were taking a step forward,” Kolka said of his club, which is now 3-1 in its last four outings.

The UP coaching staff, in the meantime, is trying to get back on track after successive one-sided losses to the Wildcats and Pottsgrove (47-6) last week.

“A disappointing loss,” Hontz said. “Giving up a long return (Pinelli’s 44-yard run with the opening kickoff), the fumble and a ‘pick six’…”

On the defensive side, Upper Perk was bolstered by sacks from Dylan Croissette and Tyler Smith. Tutolo and Austin Bittenbender also got their names called numerous times making stops on OJR’s runners.


Kolka noted Owen J has now won two games in a row for the first time since 2012. … Owen J. racked up numerous penalties, whistled 14 times for 115 yards. UP was assessed a relatively-lower six times for 38 yards.



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Owen J. Roberts

Player Position Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA Longest Points
Matthew DinnocentiKicker00000000000004411360
Dawson StuartLinebacker113600427000001000000
Adam PinelliDefensive Back00000960113000000000
Matthew BrownleyDefensive Back00000000251000000000
Ted BradfordDefensive Back0000015000000000000
Anthony BuehlerDefensive Back0000014016001000000
Rayquon StewartDefensive Back00000926100000000000
Bryce WeeksDefensive End000001074100000000000
Khalil SpriggsDefensive Back00000613100000000000
Total 1136004020944600024411360

Upper Perkiomen

Player Position Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA Longest Points
Austin TutoloLinebacker0100132000000000000
Austin BittenbenderCorner Back00000000168100000000
Ryan KendraSafety00000000321000000000
Tyler KeyserQuarterback11681046000000000000
Zeke HallmanQuarterback517480238000000000000
Michael FelixRunning back00000912000000000000
Bo DukaCornerback0000012000000000000
Kevin LooseLinebacker00000000116000000000
Tyler WharyFullback00000643000000000000
Damion NobleCorner Back00000000111000000000
Dylan CroissetteDefensive Line0000000000010000000
Tyler SmithGuard0000000000010000000
Total 61911613267306116120000000


Upper Perkiomen