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Quakertown Shuts Out Upper Perk in Season Opener
Written by Staff Writer

Quakertown defensemen Noah Wood and Tyler Kishbaugh sandwich Upper Perk's Jacob Breyer between them as they make the tackle on the Indian ball carrier.  The tackle forced a fumble, which was recovered by Quakertown in Friday night's season opener for both teams. 

        One game doesn't define a season; especially the first one.

        That was the message first-year head coach Tom Hontz gave his Upper Perkiomen football team after it was handed a 38-0 loss last Friday night. The game, originally scheduled to be played at Quakertown, was moved to Souderton High School due to a delay in the installation of the Panthers' new artificial turf.

        Despite being on foreign turf, the Panthers made themselves right at home. The Indians, though, were able to keep things close in the first quarter, falling behind 6-0 heading into the second. Quakertown's Rob Burns notched the touchdown as he took the Panthers' second offensive play 41 yards to the end zone three minutes into the contest. Burns led all rushers with 56 yards on seven carries and two scores.

        And Quakertown didn't let up from there.

        In the second stanza, the Panthers posted four touchdowns in a five-minute flurry that opened up the one-score game and set the mercy clock in motion. In that sequence, Quakertown scored twice on the ground off a pair of Indian turnovers, and then scored on a punt return and pass to account for all of the scoring.

        Despite the loss, Hontz said there were bright spots, particularly at quarterback. Sophomore Zeke Hallman was 6 of 12 for 43 yards and freshman Tyler Keyser closed things out and went 2 of 6 for 29 yards. Upper Perk, though, struggled on the ground as it mustered just eight rushing yards as part of an 80-yard total output that featured four first downs.

        Jake Pirri pulled in four passes for 25 yards, as Trevor Stephen caught one pass for 20 yards, as did Jacob Breyer (13 yards), freshman Ryan Kendra (nine yards) and senior Wyatt Brumm (five yards).

        Junior running back Michael Felix, who also starts at safety, was roughed up as he took a bruising hit to the shoulder as he returned the opening kickoff. He took off his pads before half to get treatment, and later returned to the game.

        Defensively, Upper Perk took pride in the fact it turned away five of Quakertown's six conversion tries. The defense got a boost from junior cornerback Austin Bittenbender, who turned in a solid outing.

        "We were fighting hard, I thought," Hontz said, a Quakertown alum himself.

        Quakertown, meanwhile, finished with 303 total yards in an effort head coach George Banas was not exactly ecstatic about.

        "At the half, I was mad at some of what I saw," Banas said. "We have things that need to be fixed."

        Upper Perk will look to turn things around in tomorrow night's Pioneer Athletic Conference and home opener against rival Boyertown. The Bears, under first-year head coach George Parkinson, were also shut out last weekend, falling to Exeter, 28-0.

        And like the Indians, the Bears also struggled offensively. Boyertown finished with 84 yards of total offense, 15 of which came on the ground, and 69 through the air. After the game, Parkinson hinted to the fact that this week's practice will determine who will be tomorrow night's quarterback. Bear junior Lawrence Garnett got the start and was 2 of 6 for 12 yards, and later gave way to sophomore Evan Gianetti who was 5 of 13 for 57 yards and rushed for another seven yards on four carries.







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