Scott Huff recaps last week’s action and picks the winners in this week’s game. Check back for a recap of all the games.
By Scott Huff
The non-league menu has been ordered and consumed as most Suburban One League teams begin conference play this week.
There were no cupcakes on the menu for Neshaminy (1-2), Pennridge (1-2), or Pennsbury (0-3) as the traditional District One playoff teams went a collective 2-7 against some excellent non-league competition. In fact, one of the two wins came as Neshaminy defeated Pennridge, 21-7.
The SOL Continental Conference devoured the competition and finished the first three weeks with a collective 16-5 record. The conference had three teams emerge unbeaten as Souderton, Central Bucks West, and Central Bucks East were a perfect 3-0.
However, the Big Red defeated teams that were a collective 0-9 over the first three games; CB West also defeated teams that were a collective 0-9 over the first three games; and CB East played two teams with 0-3 marks – but did collect a win over Bensalem (2-1).
This is not to diminish what those teams have done – you play the teams on your schedule. But it remains to be seen if the non-league success will carry over into the regular season.
The SOL American Conference split its 20 games during the non-league schedule. Three of its teams devoured the competition with unbeaten records as Plymouth Whitemarsh (3-0), Upper Moreland (3-0), and Upper Dublin (2-0) went undefeated.
The SOL National Conference did not have an appetite for wins as the conference went a collective 7-14 against some pretty good competition. Only Abington (2-1) and Bensalem (2-1) avoided heartburn and registered a winning record over the first three weeks.
The shocking list of SOL teams hungry for a first win this season include Pennsbury, Quakertown, Council Rock South, Hatboro-Horsham, and Wissahickon.
And the beat goes on…
SOL Continental Conference
All games Friday – 7 pm
PENNRIDGE RAMS (1-2) @ NORTH PENN KNIGHTS (2-1)
Pennridge lost its second game of the season in a 24-6 non-league loss to Perkiomen Valley. The lone score of the game for the Green & White came on a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bobby Croyle.
North Penn rebounded from its crushing 42-6 loss to La Salle to defeat Pennsbury for the 19th straight time, 13-3. The Knights received touchdown runs from Khalani Eaton and freshman quarterback Ryan Zeltt.
Prediction: North Penn 27 – Pennridge 13
CENTRAL BUCKS WEST BUCKS (3-0) @ CENTRAL BUCKS SOUTH TITANS (2-1)
Central Bucks West remained unbeaten for the season with a 35-7 victory over Quakertown. The Bucks were led offensively by Jack Fallon who rushed for a game-high 136 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Central Bucks South rebounded from its loss to Downingtown West to defeat Council Rock South 34-7. Quarterback Carter Hallgren completed nine passes for 226 yard and two touchdowns. Sean Smith caught a pair of TD passes, while Jason Christianson scored three rushing touchdowns.
Prediction: Central Bucks South 21 – Central Bucks West 17
SOUDERTON INDIANS (3-0) @ WILLIAM TENNENT (2-1)
Souderton remained unbeaten with a 37-8 romp over Hatboro-Horsham. Running back DeAndre Wakefield had a spectacular outing rushing for a game-high 183 yards that included a 92-yard TD run. Wakefield scored two touchdowns for the night.
William Tennent won for the second straight week as the Panthers clawed Council Rock North 35-10. The Black Cats were led by quarterback Matt Miller who passed for two touchdowns and also scored on a TD run.
Prediction: Souderton 35 – William Tennent 14
SOL American Conference
All games Friday – 7 pm
UPPER DUBLIN CARDINALS (2-0) @ HATBORO-HORSHAM HATTERS (0-3)
Upper Dublin had a bye.
Hatboro-Horsham remained winless in a 37-8 loss to unbeaten Souderton. Ali Omar led the Hatters with 78 yards rushing. Omar scored the lone HH touchdown and added a 2-point conversion.
Upper Dublin 42 – Hatboro-Horsham 21
PLYMOUTH WHITEMARSH COLONIALS (3-0) @ WISSAHICKON TROJANS (0-3)
Plymouth Whitemarsh remained unbeaten with a 48-7 victory over Norristown. Christian Pierce returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a score. Brian Dresnin scored three rushing TD’s for PW.
Wissahickon remained winless for the season in a 47-0 loss to Lansdale Catholic.
Plymouth Whitemarsh 49 – Wissahickon 13
QUAKERTOWN PANTHERS (0-3) @ UPPER MORELAND GOLDEN BEARS (3-0)
Quakertown suffered a 35-7 loss to Central Bucks West. The lone score for the Panthers came on a touchdown run by Zach Greulich.
Upper Moreland remained unbeaten with a 26-0 victory over Upper Perkiomen. The Golden Bears forced three interceptions and recovered three fumbles. Cam Jackson and Dai-Jahn Duke each scored two touchdowns for the winners.
Prediction: (Upset Special)
Quakertown 21 – Upper Moreland 14
SOL National Conference
All games Friday – 7 pm
BENSALEM OWLS (2-1) @ ABINGTON GHOSTS (2-1)
Bensalem lost its first game of the season when the Owls fell to Central Bucks East 35-17. Bensalem received touchdown runs from Richard Bardone and Henry Hill – Hill rushed for a game-high 135 yards.
Abington won its second game of the season as the Ghosts defeated rival Cheltenham 19-7. Tamir Berthau fired two touchdown passes and also ran for a score for the Maroon & White.
Abington 20 – Bensalem 17
NESHAMINY REDSKINS (1-2) @ COUNCIL ROCK NORTH INDIANS (1-2)
Neshaminy had its hands full in a 48-6 loss to Downingtown West. The lone score of the game for the Skins came on a 53-yard pass from Brody McAndrew to Dawson Obringer.
Council Rock North also had its hands full in a 35-10 loss to William Tennent.
Neshaminy 45 – CR North 14
COUNCIL ROCK SOUTH HAWKS (0-3) @ HARRY S TRUMAN TIGERS (1-2)
Council Rock South was defeated by Central Bucks South 34-7. The lone scoring play for the Golden Hawks was a 49-yard pass from Matt Striffolino to Sal Mastromarco.
Harry S Truman was competitive in a game with unbeaten Academy Park. The Tigers, however, were on the wrong end of a 17-14 score.
Harry S Truman 42 – CR South 14
Both games Saturday – 1 pm
PENNSBURY FALCONS (0-3) @ CENTRAL BUCKS EAST PATRIOTS (3-0)
Pennsbury fell to North Penn 13-3. The only score for the Falcons came on a 22-yard field goal by Brady Burgfectal.
Central Bucks East remained unbeaten with a 35-17 victory over Bensalem. Pat Volko scored on a pair of TD runs, while Anthony Giordano scored a pair of rushing TDs and passed for 167 yards.
Prediction: (Upset Special II)
Pennsbury 24 – Central Bucks East 17
CHELTENHAM PANTHERS (2-1) @ NORRISTOWN EAGLES (0-3)
Cheltenham lost its first game of the season as the Panthers were caged by rival Abington 19-7. The lone score of the Blue & Gold came on a one-yard run by quarterback Adonis Hunter.
Norristown remained winless as the Eagles were clipped by Plymouth Whitemarsh 48-7.
Cheltenham 42 – Norristown 14