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Indians Surrender Big Plays in Loss to Pottsgrove
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Correspondent
2014-09-17

Jason Pirri races through a hole between a pair of Pottsgrove defensemen on the opening kickoff in Friday night's game at Pottsgrove.

                The goal of the Upper Perkiomen football team Friday night was to stay aggressive and to compete the entire game, according to head coach Tom Hontz.  However, Hontz said some of the Indians seemed intimidated when they took field to face Pottsgrove in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

                Following a 42-6 loss, Upper Perkiomen quarterback Zeke Hallman called the Falcons (2-0) the PAC-10 measuring stick.  "They are the team we aspire to be," Hallman said of Pottsgrove. "We've got such a young team, and we want to know how they do it."

                At halftime, with Upper Perkiomen (0-2) trailing 28-0, Hontz told his team it could eventually become as good as the Falcons.

                "Pottsgrove is so disciplined and so well coached," Hontz said. "And we're so young. We'd like to aspire to play with the same level of aggression as they do."

                Devin Fink and Torin Verdon accounted for most of the offense for the Falcons, who accumulated 18 first downs and 465 total yards of offense.  Fink, a senior, ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. In the first quarter, he reached the end zone on runs of 76 and 89 yards, respectively, to stake Pottsgrove to a 21-0 lead.

                Verdon completed 6-of-10 passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns. His 53-yard scoring toss to Michael Fowler less than three minutes into the game opened the scoring.

                "We couldn't stop their big plays," Hontz said.

                A turnover on Upper Perkiomen's initial offensive possession, after starting the drive on the Falcons' side of the field following a long return of the opening kickoff, set up the first touchdown.

                The Indians' defense forced one turnover. Dylan Reinford, a sophomore linebacker, recorded a third-quarter sack which preceded his team's only points.

                The sack, and a four-yard punt, set up Upper Perkiomen at the Falcons' 15-yard line. Two plays later, Hallman and Riley Kirkpatrick hooked up on a nine-yard touchdown reception with 5:30 remaining in the third.

                According to Hallman, the two have practiced the slant pattern numerous times.

                The quarterback, who completed 8-of-21 passes for 83 yards despite Pottsgrove's fierce defensive pressure up the middle, was sacked once.

                Hallman said he is still adjusting to the speed of the game, which he described as "10 times faster" than junior varsity.  "My goal is to get a little bit better every day," the quarterback said.

                Somkene Akpunonu ran for 21 yards on 12 carries for Upper Perkiomen. Jacob Breyer and Jason Pirri each caught two passes.

                Hontz said he expects the Indians to be more competitive in their next game against Pope John Paul II.  "Hopefully we can build on this and get our first win next week," the coach said. "I'm sure the (Panthers) are thinking the same thing."

                The next afternoon, Pope John Paul registered its first win of the season. Chase Lynch delivered a 19-yard touchdown run and Matt Mesaros scored a special teams touchdown in the first quarter to lead the team to a 14-7 win over Pottstown.

                A late defensive stand allowed the Panthers to snap a nine-game PAC-10 losing streak.

                "Beating PJP will not be easy," Hallman said. "We've got to play our game."

 


 

 

 

 

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