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Upper Perk Routs Kutztown
Written by Jake Hallman, Correspondent

            There are times when the scoreboard doesn't tell the whole story of a game.

Indians defensive back Trey Robinson tackles the Cougars running-

back forcing a fumble in last a game last Friday in Kutztown. 

And there are times when the scoreboard says just about all that needs to be said.

            The latter was certainly the case in Upper Perkiomen football's 57-6 non-league victory Friday night in Kutztown.

                Upper Perk scored early and often in the win, taking a 35-0 lead after the first quarter. The offense scored on 7 of its 8 first offensive drives, which would have been a perfect 8-8 if head coach Tom Hontz didn't mercifully decide to let the clock run out before the half while threatening to score at the Cougars' 1-yard line.

                The Cougars (0-2), who dressed 21 players for the game and scored two touchdowns in 10 games last season, didn't cross midfield until the halfway point of the third quarter as they mustered 126 offensive yards. The Indians also forced and recovered a fumble on a kickoff, pulled in two interceptions and blocked a punt for good measure.

                "On the positive side, we got a win and we got a lot of the kids significant playing time," Hontz said. "The negative is that we need to challenge our first teamers in order to prepare them for the upcoming schedule."

                Offensively, the Indians piled up 415 total yards of offense, 350 of which came on the ground. Sophomore Logan Simmon, who had a monster game in the season opener, served notice he isn't a one-game wonder as he ran 11 times for 158 yards and three scores.

Junior Trey Robinson finished with 83 yards with a pair of scores on six carries and first-year player and rugby convert Jonathan Traynor had eight carries for 58 yards. Starting offensive and defensive lineman Jaden Fisher made the most of his time in the backfield as he had three lugs for 34 yards and a score, and Xavier Berrios rounded out the scoring (three carries, eight yards).

Quarterback Hunter Flack was 4 of 7 for 65 yards with a score to Malachi Duka. Simmon was the leading receiver with 32 yards, as Corey Jackson (17 yards) and Robinson (10 yards), also had one catch each. Flack was also a perfect 7-for-7 kicking extra points, and ran in a conversion.

                "The pleasant surprises were from kids who actually have not played much football in the past," Hontz said. "Nate Maiden a first-year senior did a nice job on defense, JT Traynor, another first-year kid, ran hard, and Trey Robinson was really solid in all facets of the game."

                Simmon also gave the defense a boost as he picked off a pass to start the second quarter, and sophomore Thayden Reinhart closed out the game with an interception of his own. Other standouts included: Robinson (fumble recovery on kickoff), Nick Caciolo (punt block), Riley Decker (tackle for a loss), Brady Thompson (tackle for a loss), Owen Reinhart (tackle for a loss), Nevan Smith (tackle for a loss, pass break-up).

                Up next for Upper Perk is a home, non-league tilt against Upper Moreland. The Golden Bears came on late with a pair of scores in the fourth quarter to break a 13-13 deadlock en route to a 25-13 victory against Pottstown last week. Upper Moreland's offense is well balanced, as it passed for 161 and rushed for 122 yards against the Trojans. Quarterback Bryon Hopkins tallied 14 completions as he connected on 58 percent of his attempts. His favorite target T.J. Troxel had seven receptions for 102 yards and a pair of scores.

On defense, the Golden Bears intercepted Pottstown three times and forced and recovered two key fumbles that led to late scores.

                "Upper Moreland presents a real challenge because of their attacking defense and how physical they are," Hontz said. "Offensively, they like to stretch the field and we are going to have to be strong in pass coverage. This should be a really competitive game and we need to learn to win those close ones."






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