Written by: Benjamin Goldstein
NEWTOWN, PA. — Coming off a bounce-back victory over William Tennent High School, the Pennsbury Falcons have themselves a tough matchup in Week 3 in the Council Rock South Golden Hawkes.
It should be a fun one in Newtown. Here are a few storylines to look forward to in Week 3:
Pounding the Panthers
The Falcons needed to bounce back, and they sure did.
Last week in their final game playing at Harry S. Truman High School before they head back home to Falcon Field on their own campus, Pennsbury ran their way through William Tennent High School rushing for 356 yards, including 124 from Jordan Czerniak, in their 45-0 victory.
They needed to clean things up, and that is exactly what they did.
“In practice… we were disappointed in ourselves because of our performance versus Coatesville,” Nate Beighley said after the win last Friday. “But we stepped it up and turned it around.”
Pennsbury played a much cleaner game against the Panthers in Week 2, as the running game and Beighley’s arm shined.
Ironically, Council Rock South also crushed William Tennent, 27-3.
A change to the game
What seemed more impressive than 356 rushing yards was Beighley’s 45 throwing yards including two passing touchdowns, one for 26 yards and the other for 10. Beighley’s five pass attempts were very out of the ordinary for Pennsbury.
Head coach Galen Snyder is known for his “Ground and Pound” narrative as all he does is run the ball. The tables turned last Friday.
When asked if they are going to start passing the ball more, Beighley responded by stating he believes so.
“I think now that everyone knows we’re a heavy run offense, I think passing here and there is going to really open up our playbook and open up our ability to score,” Beighley said postgame. “I think that’s going to help lead us to more wins for the rest of the season.”
Shining Golden Hawkes
In their final game before they head into league matchups, the Falcons play their first game on the road on Council Rock North’s campus taking on the South Golden Hawkes.
The 2-0 Council Rock South is coming off a victory at the Neshaminy Redskins, 28-7 with senior quarterback Chase Ennis leading the way with a four-touchdown performance (three passing, one rushing) and pulling off some long runs.
The Golden Hawkes have more size than the Falcons, including the 6-4, 215-pound Ennis at QB. Ennis was especially effective when he rolled out so Pennsbury will have to keep him in the pocket if they want to contain him. Council Rock South also has other playmakers such as brothers sophomore Shane and senior Chase Myers.
While Council Rock South has bigger lines and skill position players, Pennsbury would appear to have the edge in the speed department.
It will also be a hot one out there, and the Golfan Hawkes’ turf has caused some injuries and cramping in Week 1.
This has the opportunity to be the game of the season. Strap in.