Spring-Ford posts second consecutive shutout, tops OJR 58-0

By Tom Nash
ROYERSFORD >> Midway through the first quarter, quarterback TJ Pergine picked up a bad snap off the ground, settled his feet and stood tall in the pocket, then delivered a perfect strike to Dan Cassidy for a 54-yard touchdown.
The moment stood as a tribute to Spring-Ford’s resurgence, their latest bout a 58-0 win over Owen J. Roberts on Saturday afternoon at Coach McNelly Stadium. What could have spelled disaster turned out to be a thing of beauty, as the Rams have now won two-straight, outscoring the opposition 110-0.
“We definitely haven’t forgotten about the loss to PV (Perkiomen Valley),” said Pergine, referring to the Rams’ 28-16 loss two weeks ago.
“We really rebounded from it, though. We know we can’t really do anything about it now, so we’ve just stayed focused on moving forward every week.”
Pergine moved ahead of Brandon Leacraft and into fourth on Spring-Ford’s all-time list of touchdown passes thrown in a season (23). He finished with five passing touchdowns and 150 yards, completing eight of his 15 attempts.
“He’s getting better mentally each week,” said Spring-Ford head coach Chad Brubaker of Pergine, “and that’s what we’re looking for. He stands in there, he’s got a good arm and he can make the throws. That’s the most important thing for us going forward.”
The win sets up Spring-Ford (4-1 Pioneer Athletic Conference, 6-2 overall) for a cross-divisional game against Upper Perkiomen next week. Owen J. Roberts — now losers of two straight — drops to 2-3 in the PAC and 4-5 overall.
It was the Rams’ second shutout in a row and their third of the season.
“One of the things we didn’t do well a couple weeks ago was tackle,” Brubaker said. “We made a real commitment in practice to getting back to the fundamentals of our game and our tackling. That’s been paying dividends for us.”
Owen J. Roberts turned it over four times, coughing it up three times — including on the opening kickoff return — before quarterback Dawson Stuart was picked off by Cassidy during the second quarter. Spring-Ford’s Tanner Romano and Toby Poet each came up with a sack as the Wildcat offense was held to just 161 total yards.
The six fumbles — three for turnovers — really resonated with Owen J. head coach Rich Kolka.
“We’ve got to take better care of the ball,” he said. “If we don’t turn the ball over, we can make them sustain longer drives and then maybe
start to put something together. We weren’t physical enough on either side of the ball.”
Offensively, the Rams racked up 280 rushing yards despite going up against OJR’s defense, which was shutting down the run early on. Spring-Ford scored on nine of its 14 drives, even after turning it over on downs at the OJR 15 to end their opening drive.
“They came out in a bear front,” said Brubaker, “which we didn’t see on the film. It took us a couple of series to adjust.”
Selwyn Simpson racked up 86 total yards with two rushing touchdowns and a receiving score while Matt Gibson had a game-high 73 rushing yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Justin Defrancesco and Stephen Brill each picked up late rushing touchdowns.
Through the air, Stone Scarcelle finished with three receptions for 48 yards and a pair of scores while Lee Albert had a 22-yard touchdown reception.
Pointed Edges
Saturday included, Spring-Ford has now beaten Owen J. Roberts the past seven consecutive years dating back to the 2010 season. During that run, the Rams have outscored the Wildcats 284-43 with two shutouts included.
NOTES >> Sarah McKernan was named Spring-Ford’s 2016 Homecoming Queen while Quinn McKenna was named King.

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Pergine, Simpson lead Spring-Ford in shut out of OJR

By Andrew Kulp
TJ Pergine threw five touchdown passes and Selwyn Simpson found the end zone three times as Spring-Ford routed a sloppy Owen J. Roberts squad 58-0 in a Pioneer Athletic Conference Liberty Division game Saturday afternoon at Royersford.
Despite windy conditions, Spring Ford (4-1, 7-2) came out throwing the football, as Pergine completed 8-of-15 attempts for 151 yards with one interception. Five of the Rams' first six scoring plays were through the air, as Stone Scarcelle hauled in two, and Dan Cassidy, Lee Albert and Simpson all got in on the act.
Postgame, Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker said the Wildcats' defensive scheme dictated the pass-heavy approach.
"We intended to try to be balanced, but they came out in a bear front and kept eight guys in the box," he said. "It was a pretty good strategy on day like today, a gusty day, but T.J. has been playing well.
"He did a great job overall. He has a nice arm and cut through the wind a couple times."
With a big lead established, Spring-Ford turned to the ground attack. Simpson tacked on touchdown runs of 19 and 47 yards, while Matt Gibson added 73 yards on 14 carries.
Owen J. Roberts (2-3, 4-5) battled rampant ball control issues in the first half. The Wildcats fumbled six times, losing three, while Dawson Stuart was also intercepted by Cassidy.
Armed with big plays and great field position, six of the Rams' nine touchdowns came on scoring drives of two plays or less.
Although Owen J. Roberts struggled, Spring-Ford's defense turned in a strong effort as well, limiting the Wildcats to five first downs and forcing seven punts in the contest.
Brubaker praised the effort on that side of the football, noting some major improvements helped set the team up for the victory.
"The one thing I saw today from our defense was how well we tackled," Brubaker said. "We've really put an emphasis on that the past two weeks. We're generally a pretty good tackling team, but we had some lapses a couple weeks ago, so we went back and focused on that in practice. It certainly looked like it paid dividends today."

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Spring-Ford hands Boyertown third straight shutout loss

By Tom Nash

BOYERTOWN >> Just a week ago, Spring-Ford head coach Chad Brubaker stood on the sideline, waiting for one of the Rams to make a play.
On Friday night, that wait was finally over.
On the game’s opening snap, quarterback TJ Pergine hit Stone Scarcelle, who then took it 61 yards to the house to kick-start the Rams’ 52-0 rout of Boyertown.
“That’s what we said in the locker room before the game,” said Brubaker, “‘Don’t wait for somebody else to make the play. You make it happen.’ We were able to get off to a pretty good start from there.”
The Ram offense rolled from that point forward.
Pergine finished the night with three passing touchdowns while Scarcelle hauled in two receiving scores and also passed for one.
The result improves Spring-Ford to 3-1 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference’s Liberty Division (6-2 overall), their lone conference loss coming last week against Perkiomen Valley.
Boyertown — victim of three consecutive shutouts — falls to 1-3 in the Liberty Division and 2-6 overall.
Selwyn Simpson took it for 96 yards and two rushing touchdowns on 10 carries and also hauled in a 6-yard receiving touchdown while Justin DeFrancesco had 100 yards rushing with a touchdown and hauled in a 50-yard receiving touchdown from Scarcelle.
“I think all of us took a lot from last week’s loss,” said Scarcelle. “We were all ready to move on from it, though. Tonight was big. We came out, played smash-mouth, and we’re leaving here with the win.”
Defensively, the Rams sacked Boyertown quarterback Jerry Kapp twice while Matt Booth came up with an interception. Boyertown was held to just 122 yards of total offense and went 2-for-10 on third down tries.
Boyertown head coach George Parkinson deemed it a mismatch from the start.
“They’re bigger, they’re stronger,” he said of Spring-Ford, “they won the line of scrimmage battle all night. We couldn’t even get a hitch-pass off.
“Our passing game was shut down, our running game was shut down. We just couldn’t handle them.”
Kapp completed only three of his 11 passing attempts for 25 yards while Hunter Vogels rushed it six times for a team-high 36 yards. The Bears were unable to move the chains until about four minutes left in the first half, when Kapp held it on a keeper on 3rd-and-1.
“I’m not sure that there was anything we could have done differently,” Parkinson added. “That’s just a really good all-around football team.”
Scoring Drought
Boyertown hasn’t scored since Marcus Thomas’ 2-yard touchdown run with 10 seconds left during the Bears’ win over Methacton on Sept. 23. Since, the Bears have been shutout by Perkiomen Valley (30-0), Owen J. Roberts (29-0) and now Spring-Ford (52-0).
To Parkinson, it’s imperative that the Bears get on the board during next week’s game against Norristown.
“We haven’t had that excitement of scoring a touchdown,” he said. “That’s been deflating for us. We’ve got to get our offense going next week and try to get some momentum from that.”
Home, Sweet Home?
Boyertown has been abysmal on the road this season, compiling an 0-4 record in games outside of Bear Memorial Stadium. In those four losses, the Bears have been outscored 116-20. At home, they now sit 2-2, despite being outscored 146-87.
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Spring-Ford is now 9-4 against Boyertown dating back to the 2004 season. The Rams have won six straight against the Bears, dating back to a 20-0 Boyertown win during the 2010 season.
Boyertown senior Natalie Wynne was named the 2016 Homecoming Queen at halftime.


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