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Lights, camera, action: Perkiomen Valley-Spring-Ford square off for spot in PAC championship
Friday night, the Perkiomen Valley Vikings and Spring-Ford Rams will clash at Coach McNelly Stadium in Royersford with the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s Liberty Division title on the line. The winner will advance to battle Pottsgrove next week for the league championship.
A rivalry that’s quickly becoming the area’s best deserves a big stage, and this one will certainly have that.
The two schools are combining to record a crowd-sourced documentary on the game under the hashtag #10KCameras. That’s one camera for each person Perkiomen Valley coach Rob Heist expects to see in attendance. In fact, Heist seemed somewhat enthused that the game will be played in Royersford, as Spring-Ford’s stadium can accommodate a larger gathering than Perkiomen Valley’s.
“Who can play the best under those bright lights?” asked Heist. “That’s what this will come down to — who makes fewer mistakes? I think our defenses are comparable, and we have similar skill sets on offense.”
For Perk Valley (6-2, 4-0 PAC Liberty), the key lies in the sustained health — such as it is — of quarterback Cole Peterlin (1,331 pass yards, 17 TDs in 2018; plus another 377 yards and 5 TDs rushing.) Peterlin’s hot start to the year was slowed by a Week 5 injury against Owen J. Roberts. He returned in a limited capacity the following week to a close out a win over Norristown, and has seen his role expand in the past two games against Methacton and Boyertown.
“I’m not sure he’s going to be 100 percent [the rest of this year],” admitted Heist. “He’s steadily getting better, but the rigors of a varsity football game left him pretty sore last week —and the conditions on our field this past week didn’t help him either. I can’t say he’s totally healthy, but he’s a tough kid and he’s playing through it.”
Peterlin figures to lean on the Liberty Division’s most explosive receiver, senior Isaiah Domine, whose 10 receiving TDs lead the conference this season. Running backs Jacob Sturm and Jon Moccia have stepped forward to carry more of the load in the rushing game, and will be pivotal in extending Vikings’ drives Friday night and keeping the 7-1 Rams’ potent attack tethered to the sideline.
Defensively, PV is led by senior safety Austin Rowley, tied for the PAC lead in interceptions with five this season. The challenge this week will be simply matching numbers — four Spring-Ford pass-catching targets (WRs Dante Bonanni, Blaize Scarcelle, Nicholas Teets, and TE Noah Baker) plus running back Stephen Brill all rank among the top 15 in area receiving. The quintet has afforded Ryan Engro a multitude of options throughout the first eight games of his breakout season (1,733 pass yards, and a 22-2 TD/INT ratio.)
This week, the Rams will be without center Kyle Kennedy, hurt last week against OJR, which will result in some reshuffling of the Rams’ offensive line, including a move for Dante Cioci back to his natural position of center.
Brill is coming off his best performance of the season, carrying for 124 yards last week against Owen J. Roberts on only 14 carries, and adding another 62 yards receiving in a 30-7 Spring-Ford win.
“OJR spent some time doubling either Dante (Bonanni) or Noah Baker, putting an extra guy out there,” said Rams coach Chad Brubaker. “It allowed us to run the football. When we’re outnumbered in the box, we throw the ball. It’s just a matter of taking what the defense gives us.
“7-8 years ago, we probably ran plays out of more formations than anyone. Now we’ve simplified that, which makes it a lot easier for our quarterback to make decisions.”
That’s not the only thing that’s changed over the past several years. As Coach Heist, a Perkiomen Valley graduate, pointed out, there was a time not too long ago when the Vikings couldn’t really compete with Spring-Ford in football. It took some time for the program to get its footing, and they ultimately would do so throughout the coaching tenure of Scott Reed and now into the third year’s of Heist’s regime. Even with two consecutive victories under their belts in the rivalry, that underdog mentality’s never really faded from the Vikings’ locker room.
“They (Spring-Ford) routinely thumped us,” Heist recalled. “For me, my staff — we’re PV guys, and that feeling’s never really gone away. And our players are a reflection of their coaching staff. We do our best to remind our kids of the importance, the tradition, and heritage of this game. It’s a great opportunity, to play in this game — this rivalry is certainly known throughout the Eastern part of the state, and maybe the whole state.”
Before this season, Brubaker said in his estimation, Perkiomen Valley has been more prepared and ready to play in this game the past two years. Perhaps more notably, no one really stepped forward to challenge his assertion. Will it be different in 2018?
“It’s not as if we’ve dominated this league (through my tenure),” Brubaker said this week. “We’ve won the PAC twice in nine years. You have to guard against the belief that you can just show up and everything will fall into place. The past two years, it felt like (PV’s) kids just wanted it more. This year, our kids recognize that PV has won the league two years straight. We should be the hungrier team.”
Speaking of hunger, each week Brubaker has a different coach address his team after their pregame meal. This week’s choice was an easy one. “Coach (Jim) Mich (SF’s defensive coordinator) is sure to give a very poignant speech,” said Brubaker. “He’s had this one circled on the calendar from the jump.”
In this area, he’s far from the only one.
Perkiomen Valley, Spring-Ford square off for Liberty Division football title
By Rick O'Brien
Perkiomen Valley vs. Spring-Ford has become one of the area's most intense and heated rivalries in recent years.
It continues when the Vikings clash with the host Rams at 7 p.m. Friday before an expected overflow crowd at Coach McNelly Stadium in Royersford.
The Pioneer Athletic Conference Liberty Division crown is on the line, with the victor taking on the Frontier Division titlist, likely Pottsgrove, for the league championship next week.
Perkiomen Valley defeated Spring-Ford, 28-7, in Week 7 last year and went on to win the Liberty Division. Rob Heist's squad topped Pottsgrove, 43-26, in the league final.
The Vikings (6-2 , 4-0 conference) have won six straight games since opening the season with back-to-back losses against Downingtown West and Downingtown East.
The Rams (7-1, 4-0) have won five straight since a 33-27 overtime nonleague loss to Berks County's Wilson, of District 3, on Sept. 7.
Our defense has been really consistent," Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker said. "That's played a big part in our success so far."
Perkiomen Valley's offense is ignited by dual-threat quarterback Cole Peterlin, tailback Jon Moccia, fullback Jacob Sturm, and receivers Isaiah Domine, Austin Rowley, and Mike Dougherty.
Peterlin, who has been nursing a high ankle sprain, has hit on 89 of 163 throws for 1,331 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has rushed 90 times for 359 yards and five scores.
Spring-Ford counters with QB Ryan Engro, running backs Stephen Brill and Andrew Yoon, and receivers Dante Bonanni, Noah Baker, Nick Teets, and Blaize Scarcelle.
Engro has connected on 105 of 189 passes for 1,688 yards and 22 TDs, with only two interceptions. Bonanni has 31 receptions for 442 yards and seven scores.
Of Engro, Heist said, "He seems to be progressing nicely, especially when it comes to making reads."
With a 3-5-3 scheme on defense, the Vikings have strong playmakers in tackles Brett Kuiken and Jake Sterling, outside linebackers Zach Lomonaco and Malik Smith II, and backs Rowley (five interceptions) and Domine.
The Rams' 4-3 defense is headed by end Nate Orkfritz-Robinson, tackle Walter Molishus, linebackers Nick Delromano and James Albert, and safeties Brill and Alex Koretke.
"No matter what, it's going to be a great game," Brubaker said.
After last season’s letdown, Spring-Ford makes no mistake at Owen J. Roberts in 30-7 win
By Rob Senior
BUCKTOWN >> Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker didn’t mince words when discussing his team’s 2017 visit to Owen J. Roberts, calling the 33-0 setback a “disaster.”
Thanks to a scheduling quirk, the Rams found themselves back in the same position this year — matched up with the Wildcats at OJR’s Homecoming with their undefeated Pioneer Athletic Conference record on the line.
The Rams’ defense made sure lightning didn’t strike twice.
Walter Molishus led the charge with three sacks and combined with DJ Francis for another that led to a second-quarter safety, and the Spring-Ford offense recovered from a slow start to get their payback, 30-7 over the Wildcats (5-3, 2-2 PAC Liberty) at Henry J. Bernat Stadium.
“We put in the work. We all shine in our moments,” said Molishus, a 6-7, 295 lineman. “I think every game we’ve made small improvements, and we’re peaking at the right time.”
It was the fifth consecutive win for the Rams (7-1, 4-0 PAC Liberty) who put themselves in position for a winner-take-all showdown for the Liberty Division title against Perkiomen Valley in next Friday’s contest at Coach McNelly Stadium.
“Our defense, they’ve been strong all year,” said Chad Brubaker, head coach of the Rams. “First game of the year, they got us through (a shutout against Central Bucks South). After that, we knew they’d get us through anything.”
A defensive battle for field position led to both teams adopting quick-kicking strategies — first, Spring-Ford’s Engro’s effort gave OJR a touchback at their own 20, then Cooper Chamberlain booted the Wildcats out of trouble on 3rd and long.
After an errant snap backed the Rams up to their own 39, the Rams appeared to draw first blood before a holding penalty negated Engro’s TD pass to Dante Bonanni.
But the next time the Rams got the ball back, the combination of Stephen Brill and Andrew Yoon got the Rams into the red zone, where Engro made the play of the night to get the Rams on the board. Flushed out of the pocket by OJR’s Aidan Hayward, the junior QB evaded two more tacklers before finding a wide-open Blaize Scarcelle for nine yards and a 7-0 Rams lead.
On the Wildcats’ next possession, penalties back the offense up to their own 4-yard line, where Molishus jarred the ball loose from Chamberlain and out of the end zone for a Rams safety, extending the lead to a 9-0 advantage the Rams would take to the locker room.
For the opening half, Spring-Ford limited the Wildcats offense — clearly hampered by Marcus Martin’s lingering knee injury — to 52 total yards of offense. Martin, not at all himself on Friday night, carried only nine times for five yards.
“If it weren’t Spring-Ford, he probably wouldn’t have played at all,” offered OJR head coach Rich Kolka. “We felt we owed it to Marcus to give it a shot, his being a senior and a great leader and all.”
Engro gave his defense a little breathing room on the first play of the second half, keeping on a zone read play and exploding up the middle for 64 yards and SF’s second TD of the evening to grow the lead to 16-0. He’d add a second TD run three minutes later after Stephen Brill (124 yards rushing on the night) carried for 28 yards to put the Rams on the doorstep.
Engro hit Dante Bonanni with four minutes left in the quarter from nine yards out for the third score of the quarter. Suddenly, the tight halftime matchup was a 30-point Rams advantage, and the preparations for Perkiomen Valley could begin.
The junior QB ended the evening 11-for-16 for 187 yards passing and four total touchdown (two rush, two pass). Blaize Scarcelle was the Rams’ leading receiver with 88 yards, and Brill added another 62 through the air.
The Rams allowed only 67 yards of total offense in the first three quarters before substituting liberally in the late going, sending them into next week’s division title showdown on their best performance of the season.
“We keyed on what we saw on film,” Brubaker simplified. “Our defensive staff did a great job in preparation.”
OJR got on the board with just under two minutes to play as Chamberlain found Dante DeNardo for an 18-yard score.
Bombs Away: Spring-Ford explodes offensively in 66-31 win over Boyertown
By Rob Senior
ROYERSFORD >> Friday night’s game against Boyertown represented Spring-Ford’s last chance to fine-tune their preparation for the biggest two-game stretch of their regular season. They did so in impressive fashion, topping Boyertown by a final score of 66-31 to move to 6-1 on the season (3-0 PAC Liberty).
Ryan Engro threw for 298 yards and five TDs before halftime in the Rams’ most explosive offensive performance thus far in 2018. The Rams amassed 52 points by halftime, putting up six TDs in the second quarter alone.
Engro would finish with 358 yards passing and six TDs through the air, a season-best for the league.
“Just an all-around great offensive performance tonight,” said Engro. “The line gave us time, the receivers made plays. It was just a fun night for us.”
The win leaves the Rams tied atop the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s Liberty Division with Perkiomen Valley and one game ahead of Owen J. Roberts. Not so coincidentally, those two teams represent the Rams’ final two regular season opponents. Spring-Ford controls its own destiny and could reach its first PAC championship game since the league went to a two-division system with wins in the next two contests.
The Rams got off to a similar fast start last season before everything came crashing down in those final two contests a year ago. After dropping the OJR and PV games by a combined score of 61-7, Spring-Ford barely recovered in time to qualify for the District 1 Class 6A playoffs, where they lost to Neshaminy in the first round.
“Right now, it’s just OJR,” coach Chad Brubaker said in regard to the Rams’ lookahead. “We’re not looking ahead at all — we were embarrassed by them last year, and they scheduled us for Homecoming again. We’re going to go in there with a lot of fire next week.”
The returning members of the squad say that experience has fueled their motivation for the stretch run this year.
“Last year’s been bothering me a lot,” Engro admitted. “33-0 last year against OJR — we’re definitely ready to get some revenge.”
The Rams’ offense wasted no time Friday night showing why they expect this season’s outcome to be different.
After forcing a quick three-and-out, Leo Van Hulst’s punt return set Spring-Ford up in Boyertown territory. After a tough 4th down run from Stephen Brill extended the drive, QB Engro found his favorite target Dante Bonanni all alone down the left sideline for a quick 7-0 lead.
The ensuing Boyertown drives each ended in fumbles recovered by Armante Haynes, who was dominant for the Rams defensively. The first resulted in a 28-yard Taylor Smith field goal.
The second turnover was converted into a nine-yard Brill TD run that ignited a second quarter that was (unofficially) one of the longest of the season and (officially) the highest-scoring of the PAC campaign, with the Rams and Bears combining for 60 points. What follows is a synopsis of the most chaotic quarter of football anyone in attendance could remember:
Boyertown quickly responded with a lateral pass from Noah Segal to Connor Rohrbach, who found tailback Jamie Moccia all alone downfield for a 74-yard Bears TD. After a blocked PAT, Boyertown had trimmed the Rams’ lead to 17-6.
But it only took Spring-Ford one play to respond, as Engro hit Brill down the seam for a 58-yard score. In the first 39 seconds of the second quarter, the teams had combined for three touchdowns.
The teams took about a two-minute break from scoring until Segal hit Rohrbach for a 22-yard TD on a drive aided by Spring-Ford penalties.
But the Rams wouldn’t take long to answer, as Engro found Bonanni again, this time for 37 yards and a 31-12 Rams advantage. Three minutes later. Engro continued his excellent first half, finding Noah Baker for a 23-yard TD—his fourth of the half.
Moccia would respond with a 97-yard kick return—unlike an earlier effort, this one was not flagged—and Boyertown cut the deficit to 20 points with 2:30 remaining before halftime.
Engro quickly made it five TD passes, finding Max Bunn after a prolonged scramble from 24 yards away. After Boyertown fumbled the ensuing kickoff, it was Baker’s turn to join in the fun, as he took an end-around and tossed it to Nicholas Teets for a six-yard TD.
When all was said and done, the teams combined for 60 points and 23 accepted penalties in a second quarter that took one hour, nine minutes to complete.
“No, I haven’t ever seen anything like that,” Brubaker said. “(Jamie) Moccia’s a very good player, but our kickoff coverage was horrendous, and then we get a punt blocked. It definitely gives us plenty to work on for next week.”
Halftime did little to break the Rams’ momentum, as the first play saw another Engro-to-Baker connection to make it 59-18 and put the game into running clock territory.
“It’s just a matter of the read on each play,” Engro responded when asked if he had a go-to receiver. “Whoever’s open—I’m gonna hit ‘em.”
Andrew Yoon quickly added another Rams touchdown on a 20-yard run that showed great vision on a bounce to the outside.
Boyertown got a couple of late touchdowns to close out the scoring on runs from Dylan Robertson and Segal. The Bears fell to 1-6 (0-3 PAC Liberty) on the season. Six lost fumbles on the evening doomed the Bears, who nonetheless turned in some impressive plays against a tough Spring-Ford defense.
“They (Spring-Ford) are at the level we’d like to get to,” said Boyertown coach TJ Miller. “Right now, though, we are two steps and a few turnovers behind.”
Reading Eagle's Boyertown Article
By Dennis Weller
Boyertown was on the wrong end of an incredible 60-point second quarter Friday night at Coach McNelly Stadium in Royersford on the way to a 66-31 Pioneer Athletic Conference Liberty Division loss to Spring-Ford.
Ryan Engro threw for 347 yards and six touchdowns and Spring-Ford (3-0, 6-1) blew the game open with a 42-18 outburst in the second period. Jamie Moccia caught a long touchdown pass and returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score for the Bears (0-3, 1-6).
"Where we want to take the program, that's where we want to go," Boyertown coach T.J. Miller said about the Rams. "Right now, we're two steps and three turnovers behind."
The Bears trailed by just 10-0 after a quarter and were within 24-12 early in the second as Connor Rohrbach took a toss in the backfield from quarterback Noah Segal and hit a wide-open Moccia cross-field for a 74-yard TD play and then caught a 28-yard scoring pass from Segal.
But five lost fumbles and nine penalties by the Bears in the first half were too much to overcome.
Engro threw touchdown passes to five different receivers.
"A great offensive performance for everyone," said Engro. "The receivers made the plays. It helps greatly when you can spread the ball to so many receivers."
"They kept seven in the box a lot of the night," added Rams coach Chad Brubaker. "We're going to take what the defense gives us. We've got a pretty good receiving corps. We're starting to get to the point where guys can catch the ball in traffic and break away for extra yards."
Miller was pleased to see his team continue to battle in the second half, which included a 76-yard scoring drive that took up most of the third quarter and another touchdown in the fourth.
"I'm happy with the effort the team gave," he said. "They never quit."
That was especially true of the young offensive line.
"It's absolutely huge," he said about its performance in the second half. "We didn't start one senior on the offensive line. They got to see what needs to happen."
Inspired Spring-Ford drops Methacton on Homecoming
By Jeff Stover
ROYERSFORD >> By nature, Spirit Weeks at high schools generate an abundance of enthusiasm and excitement among students.
In some instances, they become emotional affairs. Such was the case at Spring-Ford this week, with the week leading up to Saturday’s Homecoming ceremony and football game with Methacton.
Prior to the game, district resident Eli Vivian was recognized for his inspiration in the face of dealing with metachromatic leukodystrophy, a progressive inherited disorder for which no cure exists at present.
Vivian, a seventh grade Spring-Ford student, was made an honorary captain for the Spring-Ford squad, leading the players onto the field and taking part in the pre-game coin toss. He then joined the players on the sideline and watched the Rams roll up a 41-7 victory over the Warriors, a satisfying contribution to the Homecoming extravaganza.
“It was an emotional week,” SF head coach Chad Brubaker said. “Our honorary captain … he showed us how important and precious life and health is.”
The inspiration was magnified by the Rams, who secured this Pioneer Athletic Conference (Liberty Division) game with help from a potent passing game. Five players caught passes from quarterback Ryan Engro, who threw for three scores before running for another.
Engro completed 20 of 31 passes for 273 yards. Each of his targets had multiple catches, with Noah Baker, Blaize Scarcelle and Dante Bonanni all on the receiving end of scoring tosses.
“We have a pretty good unit of receivers,” Brubaker said. “We try to find different ways to get them the ball. They did all right.”
A particularly exciting Homecoming was had by Baker. The senior wide receiver was announced as the school’s Homecoming King Friday, and he came away from Saturday’s game with four catches covering 56 yards.
“It was a big weekend … a good weekend,” Baker said.
Like his coach, Baker echoed poignant sentiments about Vivian’s circumstances and the impact it had on the team.
“It’s emotional,” he agreed. “Eli has gone through a lot. It makes us appreciate what we have, and motivates me to have a good game.”
Baker’s catch of a 19-yard Engro pass with 5:10 left in the first half was the break-open play of what had been a tight contest to that point. After Stephen Brill scored on a five-yard run 6:52 in the first quarter — one of two he had in the first half — ball possession went back and forth six times before Baker took the catch and outran the defense to the end zone.
That touched off a flurry of scoring by Spring-Ford (2-0 Liberty, 5-1 overall), which hit paydirt on its next four possessions. The Rams came out of the half up 27-0, after Bonanni took a 30-yard pass from Engro to the house and Brill scored his second rushing TD, and they added a 52-yard Engro-to-Scarcelle toss before Engro went around his left end for a two-yard scoring run with 6:04 left in the third.
“We had a lot of mismatches with the safeties being 10, 15 yards back,” Baker noted. “Me getting passes, the offense moved forward.”
It all made for a long afternoon for Methacton (1-1, 1-5), which came into the game off the euphoria of last week’s slide-busting 36-7 win over Boyertown. The Warriors averted the shutout when quarterback Dylan Schultz capped a fourth quarter drive — it was set up by the recovery of a Spring-Ford fumble one play after turning the ball over to the Rams on downs — with 8:06 left in the game.
“We fought hard all day, but Spring-Ford made plays and we didn’t,” was the assessment of Methacton head coach Dave Lotier. “We came into the game fully believing we were in for a battle.
“The kids have to believe that’s the way it’s going to be each week. We fully believe we can compete with anybody.”
The Warriors worked a wildcat offensive package several times, having Mike Torcini take the direct snap. Gary Knox also got a pass play in, hooking up with Steve Brown on a seven-yard pass early in the third quarter.
“The wildcat is part of our offensive package,” Lotier said. “We’re giving kids the opportunity to run it and show what they can do. It keeps defenses honest with our passing game.
“We got a good mix with it.”
Alex Koretke had one of Spring-Ford’s bigger defensive plays, intercepting a Schultz pass at the Methacton 30 to set up Engro’s TD toss to Bonanni. Josh Booz and Nathanial Orkfritz-Robinson also had sacks on Schultz in the second half.
“Our defense did an outstanding job,” Brubaker said. “We had excellent field position through the day.” NOTES >> Mike Ciriello and Brent Romano had sacks for Methacton in the first half. … Ashley Hudak was crowned Spring-Ford’s Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies.
WEST NORRITON >> Norristown and Spring-Ford may be at different stages in their respective program building, but they have a similar core belief.
With each week that goes by, the Eagles and Rams want to finish it a little better than they started. Spring-Ford got a pretty complete game on both sides of the ball Saturday afternoon at Norristown and the Eagle, despite a loss, saw some guys step up.
A breakout game from Nick Teets helped the Rams to a 36-6 victory in the PAC Liberty Division opener for both teams.
“We were able to do a few more things, but there’s still a few more things to clean up here early in the season,” Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker said. “As long as you see progression in each week, that’s what you’re after right now.”
Saturday favored the passing attack for both teams. Norristown (1-4, 0-1 division) never really established a running game, but quarterback Daniel Watson was able to connect with a few of his receivers for some nice gains. On the other side, the Rams ran the ball 20 more times than Norristown but found yardage tough to come by.
Outside of a 64-yard keeper by quarterback Ryan Engro, the Rams (4-1, 1-0) couldn’t break off many significant gains against a tough Norristown front.
“We’re still trying to see who’s going to rise to the occasion,” Eagles coach Joseph Milligan said. “Expectations are pretty high for what we want out of the kids and we’ve let them know they have to play at a certain level. Right now, we’re not getting it out of everyone so we have to keep pushing, pushing and pushing.”
Engro rushed for 95 yards with a touchdown and threw for 228 yards and three scores. His 15-yard keeper put Spring-Ford on the board on its first drive and his 64-yard jaunt set up Stephen Brill’s one-yard plunge, which only came after the Eagles stuffed him three times at the goal line.
The Rams’ passing game was a little up and down early, due to the play of Norristown’s secondary but once Engro hit Teets for the first time, things opened up. The 5-foot-6, `140-pound sophomore shined at slot receiver, catching five balls for 163 yards and two scores.
His 14-yard catch put Spring-Ford up 19-0 at the half, then he went 78 yards for a touchdown on the Rams’ third play of the second half.
“We’ve been waiting for Nick, he’s been switching in and getting some time and he’s been struggling as sophomore sometimes do, but today he was in the right spots,” Brubaker said. “We felt like we could make some plays over the middle. He made the one big play, made it to the end zone and showed some speed too.
“He finally had that breakout game and when you look at our receiving core with him stepping up, we have some kids that if teams want to continue to go man against us, we’re going to make some plays.”
Brubaker also felt his secondary played well against Norristown’s passing game. The Rams picked off three Eagles passes with safety Alex Kortetke snaring two of them.
Norristown’s passing game is still a work in progress, but there are clearly pieces to work with. Travis Cummings had 86 yards receiving while Christian Thomas had 68 yards and Thomas threw for 198 yards. Nick Dinolfi got in for a few snaps at QB as well, but had to exit the game with an injury.
“It comes down to working at it and getting them to trust each other,” Milligan said. “We have a first-year player at quarterback, a sophomore at quarterback. It’s basically a whole new receiving corps, we had a guy that came in from Carroll, so for us to be together and doing what we’re supposed to be doing after only having the job for four months is big.”
Engro made it 33-0 when he hit Noah Baker for a 19-yard touchdown. Taylor Smith hit a 22-yard field goal to make it 36-0 before Norristown moved down the field and scored on a three-yard keeper by Watson.
“People aren’t going to get credit unless you win and we win together and we lose together,” Milligan said. “As much as they’re playing at a certain high level, they know they have to play at an even higher level until we can get the rest of the crew together. It’s all about being a team.”
Spring-Ford hopes early-season tests lead to success
By Rob Senior
When the Pioneer Athletic Conference went to its current two-division format and dropped the round-robin league schedule in 2016, it opened the doors for league members to start up some new non-league rivalries of their own. PAC teams have the opportunity to test themselves against schools from different classes, areas — even out-of-state opponents — before embarking on a five-week, divisional round-robin in conference.
After a season-opening shutout of Central Bucks South, last week’s 33-22 setback at the hands of Wilson, and Friday night’s tilt with Exeter, there’s no questioning that Spring-Ford will enter PAC play plenty battle-tested.
“That was a heck of a football team,” Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker said after his team’s thrilling 33-27 overtime victory. “They had depth, size — I’m really proud of our effort.
The squads went back and forth in the first half and the lead changed hands four times before Spring-Ford was able to attain the first two-score lead on quarterback Ryan Engro’s fourth scoring pass of the night to Dante Bonanni that saw the junior receiver break several tackles en route to the end zone. Engro finished 16-for-39 for 314 yards passing and 4 TDs plus the game-winning TD carry in overtime. His top targets were Noah Baker (4 catches, 80 yards, 3 TDs) and Bonanni (7 rec, 130 yards, TD). Exeter quarterback Colby Haag impressed going 13-for-19 with 187 yards and 2 TDs before exiting due to injury.
“It was the kind of game where if I try to describe the highlight plays … I would be here all night,” laughed Brubaker. “Just so many kids, from both sides, stepping up time and again.”
Exeter’s man defense employed no safeties, loading the box to quiet the Spring-Ford rushing attack, forcing Engro to put the ball in the air 39 times. As is often the case with such defenses, the strategy suppressed the junior QB’s completion percentage, but when the Rams connected, they made it count. Engro averaged almost 20 yards per completion.
“I give [Exeter] credit,” said Brubaker. “I didn’t think any team could do that to us for 48 minutes, but they made their plays. They have some tremendous athletes in that secondary.”
But just as it looked like the Rams were pulling away, Exeter’s Alex Javier stepped up with a 12-yard TD off Engro’s lone interception of the evening. With seconds remaining in regulation, Sean Henry treated the crowd to some free football, courtesy of a 41-yard field goal.
High school football overtime features each team taking a turn to score, starting with a first-and-goal at the opponent’s 10-yard line. Exeter went first, working their way into a 4th-and-goal after Spring-Ford stopped Feeney short on a 3rd down reception. As the Eagles decided to go for it and put the pressure on the Rams, the SF defense stacked up Jeremiah Nixon (31 carries, 153 yards) at the goal line to give their offense a chance to win it.
The two coaches offered differing viewpoints on the 4th down decision.
“I should’ve gone for the field goal,” Exeter’s Matt Bauer second guessed. “I told my kids we can put this loss on me.”
“I certainly agreed with his call,” countered Brubaker. “They were killing us with the run all night (205 yards on 47 carries) so it wasn’t a longshot to punch it in there.”
No matter. Engro rendered the point moot with his fifth TD of the evening, this one a QB sneak inside the one-yard line to bring the instant classic to a close.
Coming off their first loss of the season, Brubaker pondered the character-building nature of Friday’s win as opposed to an easier outing against a less challenging opponent.
“As a coach, you always enjoy those [40-50 point] victories from a lack of anxiety standpoint,” he laughed. “But the way we played tonight, getting ourselves out of jams — the next time we’re in a similar situation, we can draw on that experience, knowing we’ve done it before.”
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Offensive Player of the Week >> Spring-Ford QB Ryan Engro made the most of his 16 completions, throwing for 314 yards and compiling five total touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) in Spring-Ford’s OT win over Exeter.
Spring-Ford edges Exeter in overtime, 33-27
by Tucker Bagley
ROYERSFORD >> Exeter coach Matt Bauer came into Friday night’s game at Spring-Ford with an aggressive mindset. His Eagles blitzed and played with no deep safeties for much of the game as they took the hosting Rams down to the wire.
But eventually, Bauer’s aggressiveness backfired.
“I should’ve went for the field goal,” the coach admitted minutes after Spring-Ford defeated Exeter, 33-27 in overtime, in a game that couldn’t be settled in just four quarters of football. “I told my kids, we can put this loss on me.”
After Spring-Ford won the overtime coin toss, the Rams elected to play defense, setting up Exeter with four plays to score from just 10 yards out. The Eagles pushed the ball to the 1-yard-line on a pair of runs by Jeremiah Nixon and a pass to Matt Feeney. But instead of taking the chip-shot field goal, Bauer trotted his offense out there on fourth down and Spring-Ford stuffed Nixon to end the possession.
“I certainly agree with his call,” Rams head coach Chad Brubaker said. “They were killing us with the run all night, so it wasn’t a longshot for them to punch it in there.”
Brubaker’s offense won the game three plays later when quarterback Ryan Engro sneaked the ball in from one-yard out for his fifth touchdown of the night.
However, things didn’t start well for the Ram offense, as Spring-Ford was flagged for a false start before their first play from scrimmage and Ryan Engro was sacked on the next snap. Buried in a second-and-19 hole, Engro lofted a ball deep down the sideline to Blaize Scarcelle, who snuck behind the Eagle defense and caught the pass for a 33-yard gain.
From there, the Rams were off to the races. Halfback Stephen Brill ripped off a 23-yard run and Engro ended the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Noah Baker for the game’s first score.
“We knew they were going to play a real aggressive style of defense,” Brubaker said. “We couldn’t run the ball when they had all the extra men in the box, so we had to protect our quarterback and hope our receivers could beat their man coverage.”
Spring-Ford had a chance to extend their lead later in the first quarter after an Engro pooch punt pinned the Eagles inside their own 1-yard-line. However, after three unsuccessful runs, Exeter’s punt was muffed by the Rams and the Eagles recovered at midfield.
A 14-yard run by Jeremiah Nixon then put the Eagles at the Spring-Ford 32, but three plays later, Exeter was facing a fourth-and-10. However, quarterback Kolby Haag hit Feeney over the middle and a vicious block by Joe Rohrbach sprung the tight end for the tying score.
If there was any doubt their first scoring drive was a result of good fortune, the Eagles took over at their own 1-yard-line again on their next possession and proceeded to march 89 yards on 15 plays to set up a 27-yard, Sean Henry field goal that gave Exeter their first lead of the game.
It took the Rams just two plays to respond as Engro hit Baker on a slant, and the tight end beat the Eagles cover-zero defense, racing to the end zone for a 62-yard score that put the Rams in front, 14-10. Baker finished the night with four catches for 81 yards and three touchdowns.
“Noah is a basketball player,” Brubaker said. “At least in his mind, he is. I think he is a good example of someone who can succeed at multiple sports and help different teams win.”
But once again, Exeter had an answer. The Eagles put together another methodical drive, with the 8-play, 80-yard possession highlighted by a 38-yard pass to Devon Scott and punctuated by a 5-yard fade to Rohrbach for the go-ahead score and a 17-14 halftime lead.
The Eagles seemed to be on their way to posting a two-possession lead in the opening minutes of the second half, but a botched snap derailed their momentum and led to a missed 43-yard field goal attempt.
Spring-Ford took advantage of the over-eager Eagles defense in the second quarter, racking up 144 passing yards on their two drives, but more importantly, the Rams scored 13 points on passing touchdowns to Baker and Dante Bonanni to take a 27-17 lead into the fourth quarter.
The Eagles turned the ball over on downs on their next drive, but climbed within one possession when Javier Austin intercepted Engro and returned the ball 10 yards for a touchdown.
Gavin McCusker, who took over for the injured Haag in the third quarter, led the Eagles down the field in the closing minutes in an attempt to even the score. Exeter tied the game at 27 with just seconds remaining in the fourth quarter thanks to a 41-yard field goal by Sean Henry.
“It was hard for our guys in the fourth quarter,” Brubaker said. “We we’re struggling running the ball and controlling the clock against the stacked box. It led to us having to throw the ball in hopes of moving the chains and keeping possession.”
The Spring-Ford offense lived and died by the long ball on Friday night, with Engro finishing the night with 314 passing yards, despite completing only 16 of his 41 attempts. On the flip side, Exeter clawed their way back into the game thanks to a dominant second half by Nixon, who had 176 yards from scrimmage.
High school football preview capsule: Exeter vs. Spring-Ford
High school football preview capsule: Exeter vs. Spring-Ford WRITTEN BY MIKE DRAGO
Exeter (2-1) vs. Spring-Ford (2-1) Kick: Friday, 7, at Royersford. Series: Eagles trail 4-0 after losing 45-21 last year. Eagles update: Have bounced back with consecutive wins after playing Berks Catholic tough in season-opening 31-7 loss. ... Starting QB Kolby Haag left in second quarter last week after banging up left (non-throwing) shoulder, but offense did not miss beat under soph backup Gavin McCusker and went on to 43-10 victory over Lower Dauphin. .., Haag is expected to practice this week and be on field Friday night, according to head coach Matt Bauer. ... Haag completed 9-of-12 passes before leaving; he's Berks' third-ranked passer, with 60.3 percent completion rate, 5 TDs and 0 INTs. ... McCusker hit on 5-of-7 with TD passes to TE Matt Feeney and TE Michael Stout. ... TB Steven Rose and TB Jeremiah Nixon each topped 100 rushing yards last week and will continue to split time . ... Bauer praised play of offensive line – center Nate Brady, guards Michael McNish and David Filipello and tackles Anthony Zabala and Robbi Unruh – saying it's unit he has been most pleased about this season. ... Defense recorded 4 sacks, limited Lower Dauphin to 52 rushing yards and got INTs from S Alex Javier and CB Joe Rohrbach. ... ILB Feeney had 7 tackles, sack and blocked punt. ... ILB Riley Knapp had 7 tackles and S Nick Schaefer 5 tackles. ... WR Devon Scott is second in Berks with 14 receptions. ... Trailed 45-7 after three quarters last year against Spring-Ford. ... Have been outscored 83-27 past two seasons by Rams. Rams update: Rallied from 21-point halftime deficit to make it one-possession game in third quarter but couldn't get enough defensive stops vs. Wilson in 33-22 loss. ... Outgained Bulldogs 294-252 and had more first downs, 15-11, but had some special teams breakdowns and had trouble protecting passer. ... QB Ryan Engro connected on 18-of-30 passes for 224 yards but was sacked 6 times. ... Engro is also team's leading rusher and is averaging 7.8 yards per carry. ... Standout receiver Dante Bonanni had 8 receptions for 99 yards against Wilson; has team-leading 12 receptions for season. ... LB Nick Delromno, who had 71 tackles last season, is back to lead defense. ... Opened with 21-0 win over state-ranked Central Bucks South. ... Picked to finish second in PAC Liberty Division behind Perkiomen Valley. ... Finished 6-5 last season, losing to Neshaminy in opening round of D1 Class 6A playoffs. Fast fact: Eagles are ranked No. 1 in Berks in total offense, averaging 392 yards per game. Did you know? Spring-Ford head coach Chad Brubaker was longtime assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Wilson. This is ninth season with Rams. Quotable: “The last two years we've been beaten pretty handily (by S-F), and we stumbled into league play. They've really embarrassed us. We're going to do everything we can to give a much better effort. It's important to the kids. We want to get a little respect back. We're excited for the opportunity.” – Eagles coach Matt Bauer.
Isaiah Gilmore and his Wilson teammates found a way to plug up some holes Friday night — the one in their defense, and the one in their hearts.
Taking the field for the first time without their injured leader, Nick Johnson, the Bulldogs dug a little deeper and held off Spring-Ford 33-22 in a non-league game at Gurski Stadium.
“He's a gigantic piece to our defense and offense, and it's really hard to replace that,” said Gilmore, a lifelong friend of Johnson's who wore his No. 44 jersey. “We were making a lot of adjustments on the fly. It definitely hurts (playing without him). We all are hurting together. We just lost a brother.”
The Bulldogs (2-1) rose to the occasion on defense, blanking the Rams' passing game in the first half and holding it in check again when things got tight in the second half.
The Rams (2-1) used two quick third-quarter touchdowns to pull within 21-14 with 5:53 left in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs answered with a pair of scores, the second a 74-yard punt return by Troy Corson that essentially put it away.
Wilson's defense never truly rested. Quarterback Ryan Engro and the Rams kept coming at them. They scored a TD and two-point conversion with 4:10 left to make it a two-possession game but the Bulldogs forced them to turn it over on downs on their next possession.
Engro completed 19-of-32 passes for 224 yards and a pair of TDs.
Eight of those completions went to standout wide receiver Dante Bonanni, but the Bulldogs were able to keep most of those passes in front of them and didn't give up any huge plays.
They also kept a steady pass rush on Engro, enough to disrupt the passing game. He was sacked six times, twice by linebacker Cameron Magalotti.
The Bulldogs showed a variety of defensive fronts and constantly sent linebackers at Engro. He was able to avoid several sacks with his feet but the pressure prevented him from looking downfield.
“We needed to send a lot of pressure and the DBs needed to lock up,” said Gilmore, a senior cornerback. “We did it pretty well in the first half; second half we came out flat and gave 'em two quick scores.”
“Our front line did a nice job,” said Wilson coach Doug Dahms. “We wanted to get the pressure. I thought our secondary played pretty well overall; sometimes we didn't get quite where we wanted to.”
The Bulldogs were dominant in the first half in building a 21-0 lead.
The defense forced four punts and a turnover on downs on Spring-Ford's final five possessions. They allowed just 53 first-half yards.
Anthony Futrick and Brent Gibble stung the Rams twice in the first half, hooking up for TD passes of 21 and 14 yards.
Corson's 31-yard punt return to the Spring-Ford 34 set up a late first-half score.
Elijah Morales ran 31 yards to the 3 on first down, then finished the job on the next play.
“It hurts that he's not on the field,” Gilmore said of Johnson. “It's a little different without him there.”
High school football: Wilson prepares for air assault
Spring-Ford's pro-style passing game will test Bulldogs secondary
Spring-Ford's pro-style passing attack has given Wilson's defense fits the past two seasons.
The Bulldogs were scrambling all over the field to contain all-league quarterback TJ Pergine and keep his deep well of receivers in front of them a year ago at Royersford.
Pergine passed for 277 yards and wasn't stopped until the Bulldogs dialed up a couple of sacks in the final minutes.
Pergine is gone, but Chad Brubaker, the former Wilson assistant, returns to Gurski Stadium Friday with the same offensive style that has pushed the Bulldogs to the limit.
The Rams are 2-0, but Brubaker says his offense "hasn't even begun to scratch the surface."
His new quarterback, athletic junior Ryan Engro, was knocked out early in the season opener and is still untested.
"We haven't been able to unleash him yet," Brubaker said. "Hopefully, Friday we can."
The Rams show up at an inopportune time for the Bulldogs (1-1), whose defense is reeling after losing its leader, senior linebacker Nick Johnson, to what appears to be a season-ending injury.
At full strength the Bulldogs would've been pressed to defend the Rams' array of weapons; without him in there they'll be on their heels.
"Besides the fact that he's an incredible linebacker, he makes sure everybody's in place," Wilson coach Doug Dahms said of Johnson, who broke both major bones in his lower right leg. "He gets everybody lined up right, makes sure they're straight on calls."
Wilson's burgeoning rivalry with Spring-Ford is just one of several intriguing Week 2 matchups.
Berks Catholic, fresh off a monster matchup vs. Central Dauphin, gets an equally big challenge from Maryland powerhouse McDonogh School.
Gov. Mifflin looks for payback, and its first win, against Cocalico.
Spring-Ford took a graduation hit with its offensive skill players, but plenty of talent remains.
Dante Bonanni, an all-league wide receiver who caught 41 balls as a sophomore, will be Engro's top target. He'll be flanked by 6-3 senior Noah Baker, a basketball player who has returned to football for the first time since ninth grade, and 6-1 junior Blaze Scarcelle.
The Rams flood the secondary with four and five receivers, overloading certain zones and forcing mismatches.
"They run some nice combinations and try to rub you, get matchups on linebackers," Dahms said. "They've got a lot of height, and they run their routes pretty well. The key will be whether their quarterback can get 'em the ball."
"We feel good about our skill guys," said Brubaker, who expects to get top running back Steve Brill back in the lineup (he was out last week). "We do have some experience at certain positions. We want to take advantage of things we think we do well."
The Bulldogs' secondary should be better equipped to handle the passing game this year. They were relying mostly on underclassmen in last year's 28-21 win. Now, sophomore Troy Corson, junior Matt Fry and senior Isaiah Gilmore are all a little more battle-tested.
"We're much better there than we were this time last year," Dahms said.
Brubaker concedes the Bulldogs are the stronger team and will have an advantage up front.
They did last week and were able to spring Isaiah Morales for 217 yards and three long TD runs in a 42-28 win over Mifflin.
"You're not gonna see us line up like Central Dauphin did (against them) and go nose for nose; that's not what we can do right now," Brubaker said. "They're very strong, and we are way behind them, so we'll have to make up for that in other ways."
Contact Mike Drago: 610-371-5061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wilson (1-1) vs. Spring-Ford (2-0) Kick: Friday, 7, at Gurski Stadium. Series: Bulldogs lead 2-0 after 28-21 win last year. Bulldogs update: Earned first win with 42-28 victory over Gov. Mifflin last week but suffered big loss early in game when senior LB Nick Johnson broke 2 bones in his leg and was lost for season. ... Johnson, Linebacker of Year in Section 1 of Lancaster-Lebanon League last year, is expected to have surgery. Johnson also was starting at TE. ... Junior Anthony Koper will fill Johnson's spot at ILB; senior Greg Smith will move into starting TE spot... Avanti Lockhart will begin seeing time at both ILB and TE... Elijah Morales had breakout performance against Mifflin, going for 217 yards and 3 TDs on 14 carries. Morales is averaging 11.0 yards per carry. ... S Matt Fry had 2 interceptions to help hold off late Mifflin rally. ... S Troy Corson had team-high 15 tackles. ... LB Cam Magalotti had 2 tackles for loss and INT. ... Defense allowed 193 passing yards. ... Senior QB Anthony Futrick has completed 62 percent of passes for 299 yards in 2 games. ... Iggy Reynoso scored 4 TDs, 3 on receptions, in last year's win. Rams update: Graduated most of top skills players, including all-league QB TJ Pergine and all-league RB Justin DeFrancesco. ... Junior QB Ryan Engro has completed 10-of-25 passes for 141 yards in first two starts. ... He played just one series in opener before behing knocked out... WR Dante Bonanni took over at QB in opener... Top RB Steve Brill was also lost early in that game... Bonanni had 41 receptions last season... He is one of just two returning starters on offense... LB Nick Delromno, who had 71 tackles last season, is back to lead defense that includes six return starters. ... Beat Wayne Valley, N.J., last week 31-21. ... Opened with 21-0 win over Central Bucks South. ... Picked to finish second in PAC Liberty, behind Perkiomen Valley. ... Finished 6-5 last season, losing to Neshaminy in opening round of D1 Class 6A playoffs. ... Listed among teams to watch in PennLive.com's Class 6A state rankings, along with Central Dauphin. Fast fact: Rams are looking for first 3-0 start since 2015, when they recorded perfect regular season. Did you know? Spring-Ford head coach Chad Brubaker was longtime assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Wilson. This is his ninth season with Rams. Quotable: “They've got a lot of height, and they run their routes pretty well. The key will be whether their quarterback can get 'em the ball.” – Wilson coach Doug Dahms. Quotable: "(In terms of strength) we are way behind them, so we'll have to make up for that in other ways and take advantage of things we think we do well." -- Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker. Series flashback: Spring-Ford's Stone Scarcelle was stopped inches short of goal line on 2-point conversion bid as Wilson held on for a 41-40, double-overtime victory at Gurski Stadium in 2016. Bulldogs got 29-yard FG from Nick Borelli to tie it at end of regulation. Wilson trailed 14-0 after quarter and 24-21 after three quarters. -- Compiled by Mike Drago
Yoon comes up big as Spring-Ford downs Wayne Valley
By Tucker Bagley
ROYERSFORD >> Heading into his first varsity start on Friday, Andrew Yoon was feeling pretty nervous. Pressed into action after an injury to Spring-Ford’s starting safety, the sophomore felt a little intimidated as he stared across the field and saw the size of his opposition.
But unfortunately for the Wayne Valley Indians, Yoon got comfortable real quick, intercepting a pass, rushing for 57 yards and leading the Rams to a 31-21 victory at Coach McNelly Field.
“I feel really good,” Yoon said minutes after being hoisted on his teammates’ shoulders in the home locker room. “I was feeling nervous today, but I calmed down once the game started and was able to make some plays to help us win.”
Spring-Ford got on the board first in the second quarter on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Engro to Dante Bonanni. The touchdown ended a 14-play, 85-yard drive that saw Spring-Ford convert three fourth-down opportunities, two due to defensive encroachment penalties and one on a 24-yard quarterback draw by Engro.
Just two plays after taking a 7-0 lead, the Rams forced a fumble inside the Indians’ own 20-yard-line and capitalized on the turnover with a 14-yard Engro touchdown run.
However, Wayne Valley responded quickly on their very next drive as Elijah Lugo snuck behind the Ram defense and was hit in stride by a pass from Ryan Michels for a 54-yard touchdown. Spring-Ford went three-and-out and Wayne Valley took over just 27 yards from the end zone after Taylor Smith was tackled while attempting a punt.
The Indians quickly went to work as they moved the ball inside the 10-yard-line with less than a minute remaining in the first half. Facing a fourth-and-4 from the 9, Wayne Valley elected to kick a field goal, but a Spring-Ford defender jumped offside, negating the missed kick and giving the Indians four more shots at tying the game.
Wayne Valley capitalized on the mistake three plays later when Michels hit Lugo on a play-action pass to tie the game just 10 seconds before the half.
“I was really disappointed in our effort in the first half,” Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker explained. “We made a lot of mistakes, especially on offense that cost us some points and put our defense in a bad position.”
The Indians continued their attack in the second half as they forced Spring-Ford into a three-and-out before James Jun blocked a punt and gave Wayne Valley the ball inside the 10-yard-line to start their first drive of the second half. The Rams run defense held strong, forcing a third-and-goal from the 12-yard-line, but Michels tossed his third touchdown of the game to give the Indians their first lead of the game.
Minutes later, the Indians had a shot to put Spring-Ford away, but faced a fourth-down situation at the Rams’ 28-yard-line.
That’s when Yoon took over.
The sophomore picked off the fourth-down pass from Michels and returned it 35 yards to the Wayne Valley 40, before taking his talents to the offensive side of the ball and scampering for 23 yards to set up a 32-yard touchdown pass from Engro to Noah Baker.
“My running backs coach said I probably wasn’t going to play on offense since I was starting on defense,” Yoon said. “I was a little surprised when they told me to stay out there.”
“We have a lot of inexperience on our team and we were a little shorthanded tonight,” Brubaker explained. “Andrew, to his credit, plays hard and knows his stuff and that’s what we need from our guys.”
On the ensuing Wayne Valley drive, Yoon broke up a pass on third down before Leo Van Hulst returned a punt down to the Indians’ 15-yard line. Two plays later, Engro kept the ball on a zone read and bulled his way into the end zone to put the Rams ahead, 28-21.
“My offensive line did a great job blocking tonight,” Engro said. “I just had to put my head down and find some space.”
Wayne Valley responded with a 13-play, 57-yard drive, but stalled at the 4-yard-line and ended up turning it over on downs after an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal. From there, Engro ripped off Spring-Ford’s longest offensive play of the night, a 37-yard scramble on third-and-12 to set up a field goal and effectively ice the victory for the Rams.
“I knew we needed a first down and I knew I needed to keep the clock moving,” Engro said. “I got around the edge and there was so much space, I just kept running.”
Engro finished the night with 200 total yards and all four of Spring-Ford’s touchdowns. Michels tossed all three of Wayne Valley’s scores and finished the day 10-for-21 with 126 yards.