ROYERSFORD - The first half of action dictated the tempo for Friday night’s Spring-Ford/Pottstown football game at Coach McNelly Stadium.
The host Rams took control with a 28-7 first-quarter lead and extended that margin to 41-13 by halftime as both sides took turns advancing the pigskin. The final arithmetic read 55-20 in favor of Spring-Ford in the Pioneer Athletic Conference contest.
Spring-Ford (6-1 PAC-10, 8-1 overall) accumulated 410 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns and capitalized on four turnovers by the Trojans (3-4, 4-5).
Pottstown rolled up 401 yards of total offense itself, but the turnovers prevented the Trojans from mustering more points on the scoreboard.
“We have been studying films all week,” said Spring-Ford senior defensive back Ben Schein, who had an interception and active night in the secondary against the explosive Trojans. “They are really fast and they have a powerful offense. We game planned so it came down to executing and stepping up to the challenge.”
The Rams knew they had to be persistent at keeping pressure on Pottstown quarterback Sage Reinhart plus an array of other talented skill players.
“They are a very athletic team,” said Schein. “They’ve got a lot of talent.”
So do the Rams. Yousef Lundi rambled for 160 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries, and Tate Carter added 139 yards and three scores on 11 tries plus one touchdown receiving as the Rams amassed 296 yards rushing with their blockers controlling the line of scrimmage.
Meanwhile, senior quarterback Hank Coyne, who is now the school’s career passing leader, passed for 96 yards and three touchdowns and was also on the receiving end of an 18-yard TD pass from tight end R.J. Sheldon.
Reinhart, Pottstown’s senior southpaw, completed 10 of 17 passes for 211 yards, including a 75-yard TD throw to Dayon Mohler in the first quarter.
“(Wide receiver) Antonio Moore was a concern when they were throwing the ball,” said Schein. “He has a chance to catch the ball on every play because he is so tall (6-6). We had to be cognizant of that.”
Jared Shoemaker was pitted against Moore most of the evening, and the Trojan senior had one reception for 13 yards. Mohler made four receptions for 115 yards, and Denzel Harvey had four catches for 78 yards.
The Rams picked up two sacks from Mason Romano and Kyle Hoffner while Moore had one for the Trojans.
Schein credited the Rams’ defensive front line of ends Sheldon and Zameer McDowell and tackles Romano and Robby Varner for applying enough pressure on Reinhart so that he did not have a lot of time to make decisions and pick apart the Spring-Ford secondary uncontrollably.
“They kept them from throwing the ball to their full potential,” said Schein.
Pottstown’s Monroe Hampton ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, including a 35-yard TD scamper. Mohler finished with 63 yards rushing on six attempts, and Dezel Harvey tacked on 54 yards on seven plays.
Spring-Ford recovered a fumble on the opening kickoff return and took over at the Pottstown 11-yard line. Carter skirted left end for the TD on the first play from scrimmage, and David Gulati booted the extra point for a quick 7-0 lead.
Pottstown came right back with Reinhart finding Mohler over the middle for the long TD catch and run at the 11:16 mark of the opening period. Richy Masciarelli kicked the point after to tie the game at 7.
The Rams answered with Coyne connecting with McDowell for a 25-yard TD pass in the left corner of the end zone on the ensuing series to cap a 62-yard march in six plays plus one Ram penalty. Gulati’s kick made it 14-7 at the 8:12 mark, and the Rams were never headed the rest of the night.
“We wanted to come out and execute,” said Spring-Ford coach Chad Brubaker. “We lost 18 minutes of football last week (lightning-shortened victory over Owen J. Roberts). We wanted to make sure of some things we had to take care of. We got some turnvoers, which was good to see. We need to improve in that area. We feel good about ourselves tonight going into next week (against Perkiomen Valley).”
He spoke about Pottstown’s abilities on offense.
“We bent throughout the night a few too many times,” said Brubaker. “Every play is tough because of their skill plays, and Reinhart’s a player. We mixed it up pretty well. We wanted to get a number of players touches. and I just feel we succeeded in doing that.”
Lundi scored on runs of three and 46 yards while Carter had scoring jaunts of two and nine besides a 17-yard pass reception for a score. ... Jake Leahy and Alec Vagnozzi led the Rams’ strong pursuit on special teams. ... Varner and McDowell recovered fumbles. ... Carter had two grabs for 31 yards and Sheldon had two catches for 17 yards. Schein and Cody Davis also had catches for the Rams.