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Upper Perk Runs Past Phoenixville; Wins Third Straight
Written by Town and Country, Staff Report
2014-10-29

Indians' wide receiver Wyatt Brumm tries to get a few more yards with the ball after hauling in a pass in last Friday night's home game against Phoenixville.

                First-year Upper Perkiomen head coach Tom Hontz admitted he had mixed emotions after last Friday's senior night contest against visiting Phoenixville.

                Make no doubt about it, Hontz was very pleased with the 21-6 victory, which was the team's third straight win. The three-game win streak was the first the Indians have enjoyed since the 2006 season.

                On the other hand, Hontz wasn't too happy about four turnovers, nine penalties and other miscues that have been uncharacteristic of the Tribe during their recent success.

                "It's a sign of good things when you can still pull off a win despite sloppy play," Hontz said. "It took a great defensive effort to keep them to six points and I have to credit coach (Brian) Peoples and coach (Jake) Engle once again for a fine game plan."

                Mike Felix, who has been a constant force during the Indians' three-game win streak, played a large hand in the win over the Phantoms. He led all rushers as he lugged the ball a season-high 28 times for 278 yards and two scores. His big game vaulted him up to the Pioneer Athletic Conference's third leading rusher with 808 yards on 97 carries, an 8.3 yards-per-carry average. He trails only Pottsgrove's Devon Fink (118 carries, 989 yards) and Methacton quarterback Conner Derrickson (146 carries, 944 yards).

                The Indians (4-4, 4-5 overall) got on the board in the first quarter as Somky Akpunonu scored from three yards out on the Tribe's second offensive drive. Felix made it a two-score game and gave the Indians a 14-0 lead at the half as he added a 21-yard scoring run on fourth down in the second quarter.

                Felix saved his best score for last, as he ripped off a 59-yard touchdown in the third quarter. In that run, Felix took a handoff on a counter, spun out of the grasp of a would-be tackler, and then outran Phoenixville's secondary into the end zone.

                The Phantoms (1-7, 1-8) got on the board in the third quarter with a one-yard score. Other than that, though, Upper Perk's defense was solid throughout. Phoenixville's offense amassed just 210 yards, 106 on the ground and 104 through the air. Owen Leister, Akpunonu and Mitch Fretz all tallied tackles for a loss, and freshman Cole Fryer made a pair of back-to-back stops in the first half. Fretz and Sylvester Inyang split a sack deep in Phoenixville territory, as did Leister and Mahlon Schaffer. Austin Orsini and freshman Ryan Kendra also picked off passes from quarterback Ian Brown in the first and second half, respectively.

                Upper Perk's special teams came up big as well, as Mark Saucedo thwarted a fake punt. Sophomore linebacker Dylan Reinford also blocked a punt, which was returned by Jake Votta.

                Offensively, Jake Pirri, Wyatt Brumm and Owen Leister all pulled in three catches each from sophomore quarterback Zeke Hallman, 9-21, 69 yards, 2 INTs.

                Upper Perk will look to make a statement in its final game of the season tonight at Perkiomen Valley. The Vikings (8-0, 8-1) have locked up at least a share of the PAC-10 title and are looking for the program's first outright title after sharing the crown in 1998. Perk Valley, which has won eight straight games after a season-opening non-league loss, handled Pottsgrove 49-21 last Friday night. The team averages 383 yards of offense a game (second best in the league), and its defense is tops in the PAC-10, yielding an average of 222 yards.

                Sophomore quarterback Stephen Sturm has been a force this year completing over 60 percent of his attempts on 108-175 passing for 1,504 yards and 15 TDs. Three of his receivers are in the league's top 15.

                "Facing the league champs is not going to be an easy task, but it will serve as a good gauge for us as far as how far we have to climb to be competitive with the big boys," Hontz said. "We didn't do such a good job early in the year against the Quakertowns and Spring-Fords, so we'll see what getting a few wins under our belt has meant in regards to our competitiveness. That was always the goal this year - to be competitive - if we can prove that we can do that, perhaps we can work to climb the next rung on the ladder."


 

 

 

 

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