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Written by: Pat Weider on Monday, October 4th, 2021
Warwick WRs Cooper Eckert and Ryan Fink during a game earlier this year.
Player of the week: Quarterback Jack Reed of Warwick lead Warwick to a 35-28 win over Manheim Central in a rivalry game. He was 31 of 40 for 336 yards and a touchdown. I have seen Reed play twice and he and his wide receivers have a great rapport and do a nice job connecting on a regular basis.
4 Questions with Jack Reed:
1) Can you describe what Friday’s win meant to you against Rival Manheim Central?
It feels great to beat an undefeated team, and it felt even better since it was Manheim Central. It gave us a good push in the section too.
2) Can you discuss the relationship between you and your WRs?
Me and the wideouts have been throwing and working on routes since the winter, so we have built great chemistry the past couple of months and it keeps getting better.
3) After losing 2 in a row was there a belief in your locker room you guys would win Friday night?
There wasn’t any doubt that we couldn’t beat Central even after losing two straight.
4) Can you talk about the defense, great performance against Central Friday night?
The defense was huge for us to win that game. They made stops when we needed them to which helped us keep momentum throughout the game.
Team of the week: Wyomissing. This is primarily a District 3 and Lancaster Lebanon league notebook, but Wyomissing beat Southern Columbia and their nationwide leading 65 straight winning streak. If you do that you deserve to be called the team of the week. Great win for Wyomissing.
Coach of the week: Doug Dahms of Wilson. Wilson has not had a losing season since 1963. This year Wilson played a tough non-conference schedule and started 2-3. This is an uncharacteristic territory for Wilson, but coach Dahms has a calming influence on his team and they rallied and got a big win against Penn Manor Friday night. Wilson will still have a good chance to win Section 1 of the Lancaster-Lebanon League.
Play of the week: Outside Zone. The outside zone is a great play to run and is a staple for a lot of offenses. The key is the offensive line needs to zone block to either side where the play is run. Plus the blockers on the edge need to seal their blocks to open the lane outside for the running back. Also, the running back needs to read the defense and see where the blocks are in order to make the right cut. This play takes a lot of practice to perfect, but it is a great play to run and build your offense around.
Football has 4 downs, so here are 4 thoughts from what I saw, watched, and heard this week:
1)All 3 favorites (Wilson, Township, and Hempfield) in Section 1 of LL won this week. October 15th when Township hosts Hempfield will be a big game to decide who won the section. Plus Township hosts Wilson on October 29th.
2) Andrew Weidman had another big game for Ephrata. He had 28 carries for 254 yards and 5 touchdowns in a win over Lebanon. Weidman is having a monster year for Ephrata.
3) Robert Footman and Columbia had another huge game when they beat Octorara on Friday night. He threw for 274 yards and a touchdown. Plus another 88 yards rushing and 4 rushing touchdowns. Columbia was able to come back and win a shoot out 48-46 and will have a good chance to win section 4.
4) In section 2 Warwick’s win over Central gives them a leg up in the race for the section title. Don’t count out Central though they should re-group and have a good chance to win out. In section 3 Lampeter-Strasburg kept it going with a 42-14 win over Catholic. Lampeter-Strasburg plays Ephrata on October 22nd, which could be a deciding game for section 2.
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