FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Trojans face experienced Spring-Ford team on road

Rhaigeon Parker

Game info: The Trojans travel to Royersford in Montgomery County to take on the Rams for a first-ever non-league meeting … The game is at Coach Nelly Stadium at the school at 7 p.m.
Media: The game will be shown on live stream on or
Last week: Chambersburg (1-0) edged Greencastle-Antrim on Friday, 16-14, after facing a 14-0 deficit at halftime … QB Jermere Jones scored on a 32-yard scramble and RB Bryce Flenory had a 13-yard TD run … The winning points came off the foot of Teegan Humelsine, on a 25-yard field goal … Spring-Ford (1-0) clobbered West Chester East, 44-0 … QB Ryan Freed hit on 20 of 25 passes for 306 yards and 3 TDs, and RB Harry Adiehefeh ran for 124 yards and 2 scores.
The Trojans: Greencastle dominated much of the play in the first half, but Chambersburg made some adjustments and rallied for the win … Coach Mark Luther said, “Our kicking game was a huge factor in the second half — we pinned them deep on a couple of kickoffs and that changed field position. We did a decent job of running the ball with Bryce Flenory and Rashawn Williams; that was encouraging. And Rhiageon Parker (4 catches, 81 yards) did a nice job in his first game at receiver. On defense, (free safety) Bryce Folmar was very aggressive coming up and helping in run support.”
The Rams: Spring-Ford was 6-1 last year and lost in the semifinals of the District 1 Class 6A playoffs … They won the Pioneer Athletic Conference for the second straight year … S-F defeated Cumberland Valley 20-14 last year, the week after Chambersburg beat CV 20-10 … However, while the Trojans lost most of their starters, the Rams return 14 starters from that team … Slotback Zach Zollers (6 catches, 110 yards 2 TDs) and receiver Kolten Kqira (6-75, 1 TD) were active last week … Top defenders are LB Ryan Horvath (PAC Defender of the Year last year), DT Donnie Nicoline and S Cole Turner … Spring-Ford’s defense has pitched shutouts in 4 of its last 7 games.
Coach’s viewpoint: “They’re pretty good,” Luther said of the Rams. “They do a lot of stuff on offense, very multiple. With that kind of experience, they can use a lot of different formations. The running back  is really good, the receivers run well and the quarterback finds ways to get them the ball. It’s going to be a real challenge for our defense. Their defense is not big on the line, but they’re quick — they get off the ball and make penetration. Watching them play, they just look like a team with a lot of experience. We can’t afford to come out slow again this week.”


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