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Upper Perk Football Comes Up Short Against Methacton
Written by Staff Report

            No one can say Upper Perkiomen's football team didn't have its opportunities in last Friday night's home game against Methacton.

            While the Warriors held on for the 21-7 victory, Upper Perk (1-3) certainly had its chances to respond. A total of three drives deep in Warriors (2-2) territory came up short, stymied at the 24, 30 and four-yard lines, respectively.

            The Indians also struggled to get off the field, defensively. This was especially apparent early in the third quarter as Methacton completed three fourth-down conversions as part of a seven-minute march that ended as Josh Hill forced a fumble which was recovered by Jayden White.

            When Methacton got the ball back in the fourth quarter after Upper Perk's lone touchdown, the Warriors went right back to work as they chewed up five minutes and notched a score to seal the deal.

            As the Indians' run game couldn't find consistency, they went to the air. Senior quarterback Mike Boyle turned in one of his top performances of the season as he completed 11 of 26 passes for 197 yards with a touchdown and interception. His touchdown, a 29-yard strike to Chidike Eruba, made it 14-7 with 10:27 left in the fourth quarter.

            Besides Eruba (two receptions, 44 yards, touchdown), Boyle also completed passes to Manny Northern (five receptions, 57 yards), Sam Carino (two receptions, 29 yards), Zach Schwartz and Tyler Hoffer.

            Methacton jumped out to an early lead, scoring 50 seconds into the game with a 77-yard run through the heart of Upper Perk's defense. The Warriors went up by two scores as the horn sounded at the half, thanks to a 46-yard toss to pay dirt in a drive that started on their own 23.

The Warriors' final score, a 21-yard run up the middle, capped the scoring with 5:34 left in regulation.

            Defensively, Zach Schwartz again played a big role as he was one of the surer tacklers, leading his team with seven solo stops to go along with a tackle for loss and a broken-up pass. Linebackers Brody Weiss (seven tackles), Matt Delzingaro (five tackles) and White (sack, fumble recovery) were also especially active. Other solid play came from Eruba (four tackles, tackle for a loss), Gavin Weiss (three tackles, fumble recovery) and Hill (two tackles, forced fumble).

            Upper Perk will open the Frontier Division, Pioneer Athletic Conference portion of its schedule on the road at Pope John Paul II Saturday at 1 p.m. The Golden Panthers are 4-0, with wins over Archbishop Carroll, Father Judge, Berks Catholic and John Bartram.

            In Upper Perk's JV game, held at Methacton on Monday, the Warriors held on for an 8-0 victory. Despite the loss, the Indians got standout play from Zane Saeger (two INTs), Brady Farrington (interception, 30-yard reception), Jon Strohl (strip-sack, tackle for a loss), Ethan Scharneck (three tackles for a loss), Tice Hallman (sack, three tackles for a loss), and Maddux Diaz (sack, two tackles for a loss).






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