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Maddocks Leads Fleetwood Past Tribe
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2021-09-15

            Tanner Maddocks lived up to his reputation as one the top football players in Berks County. Last weekend, the senior played a significant role in Upper Perkiomen's

Upper Perkiomen sophomore Gavin Weiss tackles Fleet-

wood running back Gavin Morris along the sideline on 

Friday Sept. 10.

non-league loss.

            Maddocks ran Fleetwood's offense with efficiency. He also made a significant impact on defense, scoring two touchdowns to help lead his team to a 44-0 victory at Bill Keeny Stadium.

            "Fleetwood has some very talented kids," Indians head coach Tom Hontz said. "They are building quite a program."

            Maddocks, the Tigers standout senior who has accepted a scholarship to continue his football career at Villanova University, intercepted three passes. The Oley Valley student also kicked three extra points.

            Gavin Morris ran for a game-high 101 yards and three touchdowns. Gage Moyer added 43 rushing yards and one score on eight carries for Fleetwood.

            Despite the lopsided outcome, Hontz expressed supreme satisfaction with the effort provided by his players. He said the Tribe (1-2) dressed just 27 players for the game due to injuries and COVID-19 protocols.  "We batted really hard," the coach said. "I'm very proud of our effort."

            The Indians defense struggled to contain Fleetwood's run/pass option offense. According to Hontz, Maddocks is especially strong in the offense's three facets.

            The 6-foot-1 quarterback completed 6-of-11 passes for 95 yards. Maddocks also ran for 59 yards on 10 carries.

            His 55-yard interception return, with 6:08 remaining in the second quarter, staked the Tigers to a 20-0 halftime advantage. Maddocks added a 28-yard INT return for a touchdown with 5:46 remaining in the game.

            According to Hontz, the score should have been closer in the first half. The Indians had multiple chances to score, but couldn't convert.

            On its initial drive, Gorje Navarrete led Upper Perkiomen within the shadow of Fleetwood's end zone. However, Logan Watkins's 24-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.

            Late in the second quarter, the Tribe marched 59 yards on 13 plays. However, the drive stalled just before halftime near the Tigers goal line on Maddocks' interception.

            Navarrete completed 10-of-17 passes for 97 yards. He appeared to benefit from a decision to play Logan Simmon at wide receiver.  "Gorje did very well," Hontz said. "Their defense threw a lot at him."

            Simmon finished with a team-high four catches for 62 yards. According to Hontz, the coaching staff made the shift from running back to allow the player to minimize contact.

            "We're just trying to get Logan on the field," Hontz said. "He didn't have his usual explosiveness."

            Brady Thompson continued as the Tribe's featured running back. He ran for a team-high 48 yards on 12 carries.

            The coach would not say if the team would stick with that alignment for Friday's non-league road game against Schuylkill Valley. According to Hontz, injuries and other absences juggled the skill position lineup against Fleetwood.

            The Indians defense lost its strongside linebacker to injury. According to the coach, an injury to Thompson, the team's middle linebacker, temporarily forced a freshman – Matt Delzingaro – into the lineup.

            Prior to the game, district officials recognized the family of Keeny – who coached the team from 1960 to 1979 and won two Bux-Mont League championships. The former coach's wife, Shirley, their children, and a handful of his players stood under the scoreboard that bears his name.


 

 

 

 

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