Football preview capsule: Methacton at Pope John Paul II

Methacton (0-1, 1-2) at Pope John Paul II (0-2, 1-2)

Saturday, 1 p.m.

Records: Methacton couldn’t hold a two-score lead on two occasions in its PAC-10 opener, falling to Phoenixville 32-28 when an apparent game-winning touchdown catch on the final play was ruled out of bounds. The Warriors are 1-2 overall … PJP fell into an early 24-0 hole and never recovered, falling to Spring-Ford 33-21. After opening the season with a nonleague win over Berks Catholic, the Golden Panthers have lost both of their PAC-10 starts

 

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Last season’s game: Methacton doubled up on PJP, 42-21

Methacton scouting report: The Warriors have rebounded nicely after getting shellacked 35-7 in their opener at Plymouth Whitemarsh. They controlled the Phoenixville game until the fourth quarter, and still nearly pulled off the victory. Methacton is averaging just 223 total yards of offense, but the attack is on the upswing. Leading threats are quarterback Brandon Bossard (278 passing yards, 103 rushing, 4 TDs, 0 interceptions), running back Davonte Fung (24-132, 5.5, 4 TDs) and receivers Andrew Gannon (6-97, TD) and Cooper Given (4-62, 2 TDs). Linebacker David Low keys the defense, coming off a game in which he had a pick and two tackles-for-loss. Low has two sacks on the season. The Warriors have allowed 26.0 ppg and 300 ypg.

Pope John Paul II scouting report: The Golden Panthers need to find a consistent running game. Until that happens, quarterback David Cotellese will be letting it fly to a deep stable of talented receivers. Cotellese has thrown for 779 yards and 7 TDs through three games, with Jared Siejk (16-327, 20.4 ypc, 6 TDs), Jacob Gribb (11-222, 20.2, 1) and Jamel Stinson (10-98) among the best receivers in the league. PJP is averaging just 57 rushing yards, which puts additional pressure on a defense that has allowed 376 ypg and 29.7 ppg.

Coachspeak

Methacton’s Paul Lepre: “When we came out to practice the other day, Coach (Eric) Ranieri had 5 run sheets and about 50 pass sheets.  I hope it rains like hell so we can go mudding against them. They have some good receivers, and we have to get after their quarterback and not allow him to get downfield. We’ll want to give them some different looks up front. We have a lot of guys dinged up – 15 on the rehab list. (DE, LT) Tommy Culligan has a shoulder injury and (RB/CB) Andrew Gannon has a bruised knee, and we’re not sure if they’ll be available.”

PJP’s Mike Santillo: “Methacton outplayed Phoenixville for three quarters. They just ran out of gas. They’re a very good footbal team -it looks like 35 of the same kids. One thing I’m happy about is that our kids never quit. It’s no way like last year – this team has more heart. I’m disappointed with our running game. But when you’re getting 20 yards on 19 carries and 306 on 36 passes, it doesn’t take a genius to know that you’re going to throw the ball. A lot of our passes are short ones, which helps with ball control until the running game picks up. We have to do a better job in pass protection. The sacks are killing us.”