(Photo provided courtesy of Jesse Garber: https://jsgarber.zenfolio.com/p201900406)
By Scott Huff
The PIAA football season begins in the blazing heat of August and doesn’t end until the bitter cold of December – and the season has begun for the Suburban One League teams before schools have gone back to class from summer vacation.
The non-league SOL schedule began last week with some eye-catching games.
North Penn flexed its muscle and scored 55 points in a victory against Neshaminy – while highly regarded Pennsbury scored 0 points in a loss to Academy Park.
The Suburban One League begins its second week of non-league games this week. And the journey toward a hopeful state title continues with a full slate of important games.
And the beat goes on…
SOL Football Forecast
LA SALLE EXPLORERS (1-0) @ NORTH PENN KNIGHTS (1-0) – Friday 7 pm
La Salle opened its season with a 15-12 victory over Imhotep Charter. The Explorers trailed 12-3 at the half but rallied for the victory. La Salle limited Imhotep to just 124 yards of total offense.
North Penn blasted Neshaminy 55-34 in its season opener. Sophomore Khalani Eaton stole the spotlight for the Knights gaining 283 yards rushing with 2 touchdowns. Senior Kolby Barrow passed for 147 yards and a touchdown.
North Penn 34 – La Salle 28
PENNRIDGE RAMS (1-0) @ NESHAMINY REDSKINS (0-1) – Friday 7 pm
Pennridge opened the season with a sensational defensive effort in a 13-0 win over District 2 power Delaware Valley. Taj Utsey rushed for a score, while Bobby Croyle threw a TD pass to Connor Pleibel for the Green & White.
Neshaminy opened the season with a 55-34 loss to North Penn. The offense was effective as Brody McAndrew passed for 268 yards and three touchdowns. Ian Sheenan caught two touchdown passes for the Skins.
Neshaminy 20 – Pennridge 17
CENTRAL BUCKS EAST PATRIOTS (1-0) @ HATBORO-HORSHAM HATTERS (0-1) – Friday 7 pm
Central Bucks East began the 2019 season with an impressive 27-13 victory over Quakertown. Junior quarterback Anthony Giordano fired three touchdown passes for the winners -all to junior Will Silverman. The win was the 100th in the career for Patriot head coach John Donnelly.
Hatboro-Horsham was tied with CB West 10-10 at the half, but the Hatters were topped by the Bucks in the second half and lost 31-17. Colin O’Sullivan tossed two touchdown passes in the loss. It was the HH coaching debut of veteran Neshaminy head coach Mark Schmidt.
Central Bucks East 34 – Hatboro-Horsham 20
CENTRAL BUCKS WEST BUCKS (1-0) @ COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH GOLDEN HAWKS (0-1) – Friday 7 pm
Central Bucks West opened the season with a convincing 31-17 victory over Hatboro-Horsham. Jack Fallon had 16 carries for 128 yards and one TD, while Nick Tumolo scored a pair of touchdowns for the Bucks.
Council Rock South outgained Cheltenham 247-203, but the Hawks were handled on the scoreboard in a 36-13 loss to the Panthers. Sal Mastromarco caught a pair of touchdown passes for the CRS.
Central Bucks West 27 – Council Rock South 20
SOUDERTON INDIANS (1-0) @ QUAKERTOWN PANTHERS (0-1) – Friday 7 pm
Souderton began the 2019 season with an impressive 31-18 victory over Pottsgrove. DeAndre Wakefield scored a pair of rushing touchdowns while Andrew Vince fired a pair of touchdown passes. Nick Guthre returned an interception for a TD and also scored a touchdown on offense. The Big Red led 17-0 at the half and cruised to the win.
Quakertown opened the season with a 27-13 loss to Central Bucks East. Quarterback Tyler Merwarth rushed for a team-high 67 yards and a score and also passed for 53 yards. The Panthers trailed by only 10-6 at the half.
Souderton 35 – Quakertown 13
COUNCIL ROCK NORTH INDIANS (0-1) @ WISSAHICKON TROJANS (0-1) – Friday 7 pm
Council Rock North struggled offensively and defensively in its season opener in a 41-7 loss to West Chester East.
Wissahickon struggled offensively in its season opener in a 16-10 loss to Penncrest. Jalen Smith scored the lone touchdown for the Trojans.
Council Rock North 21 – Wissahickon 14
Downingtown West Whippets (1-0) @ CENTRAL BUCKS SOUTH TITANS (1-0)
Downingtown West overcame injuries to key players in its season opener to rout Garnet Valley 42-19.
Central Bucks South rallied from a 24-20 fourth quarter deficit to defeat Spring-Ford 34-24. Josh Consoletti passed for 268 yards and threw five touchdown passes, four to Sean Smith.
Downingtown West 35 – Central Bucks South 24
PENN WOOD PATRIOTS (1-0) @ PENNSBURY FALCONS (0-1) – Friday 7 pm
Penn Wood routed Springfield (Delco) 42-8. Viking quarterback Desman Johnson had a spectacular night, passing for 260 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for three more scores.
Pennsbury was surprisingly shut out by Academy Park by a 13-0 score. The best the Falcons could offer came from quarterback Drew Hensor who completed 10 passes for 90 yards while also leading the Falcons in rushing with 53 yards.
Penn Wood 28 – Pennsbury 13.
MASTBAUM PANTHERS (0-0) @ BENSALEM OWLS (1-0) – Friday 7 pm
Mastbaum did not play
Bensalem scored on the first play of the game and with 20 seconds left in the game to defeat Frankford – 16-13. Sophomore Cotrell Gilyard scored the game winner in the fourth period, while senior Richard Bardone scored on the initial play of the contest.
Bensalem 20 – Mastbaum 13
SPRING-FORD RAMS (0-1) @ TRUMAN TIGERS (1-0) – Friday 7 pm
Spring-Ford dropped its season opener by a 34-24 margin to Central Bucks South. Dante Bonnani set a Rams school record for career receptions with 102.
Truman head coach Ben Johnson III earned his first career win as the Tigers clawed to a 29-8 victory over Olney Charter. Terrence Rogers led the way for HST by scoring three touchdowns.
Spring-Ford 27 – Truman 20
METHACTON WARRIORS (1-0) @ PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH COLONIALS (1-0) – Friday 7 pm
Methacton was impressive with a 34-6 victory over Harriton. Mike Merola fired three touchdown passes for the Warriorsmwhile Michael Torani rushed for 100 yards for the winners.
Plymouth Whitemarsh showcased a high-powered offense in its season opener with a 42-20 victory over William Tennent. Brian Dreslin rushed for a game-high 192 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns, while Larry McLaughlin fired a pair of scoring passes to Christian Pierce.
Plymouth Whitemarsh 27 – Methacton 20
UPPER MORELAND (1-0) @ Pottstown Trojans (1-0) – Friday 7 pm
Upper Moreland opened its season with a fine defensive effort in a 21-0 victory over New Hope Solebury. Bryon Hopkins threw 3 touchdown passes in the win – two to Jahire Johnson and one to TJ Troxell.
Pottstown opened its 2019 season with a thrilling 14-13 victory over Octorara.
Upper Moreland 21 – Pottstown 20.