Rick O'Brien: Rick's Picks, Week 3

Justin Cohen is a key part of Downingtown East's 4-3 defense.    RON TARVER / Staff
Justin Cohen is a key part of Downingtown East's 4-3 defense.    RON TARVER / Staff
Posted: September 13, 2013

In one of Week 3's top nonleague games, Downingtown East, ranked No. 8 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer, will visit No. 7 Pennsbury at 7 p.m. Thursday.

East, with victories in Northeast Philadelphia over Frankford (27-14 score) and Roman Catholic (13-7), arrives at Falcon Field with a 2-0 record.

Pennsbury is 1-1 after a 38-28 loss to PIAA District 11 power Easton in Week 1 and a 43-12 romp over Frankford.

The Cougars' multiple I-formation offense is powered by running backs Ryley Angeline (31 carries for 146 yards) and Keith Conner (27 for 69). Ryan Rumer, a first-year starter at quarterback, has completed 9 of 24 passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns.

Angeline, a Delaware recruit who doubles as a linebacker, has three TDs: a 4-yard run, 17-yard interception return, and 13-yard reception.

Saturday against Frankford, the Falcons' wing-T attack netted 369 yards on 36 attempts. Halfback Chuck Snorweah carried 10 times for 193 yards, with first-half TD bursts of 48, 44, and 9 yards.

Pennsbury's other leading ballcarriers are Ronquay Smith and Raheem Thompson. Breon Clark is a second-year starter at QB.

East's 4-3 defense is spearheaded by end Caleb Fell; tackles Alec Petrillo, Sean Snodgrass, and Mike Reichwein; and backs Brandon Feamster, Justin Cohen, and Kevin DiStefano.

Pennsbury's 4-4 unit, which held Frankford to a third-quarter score, is keyed by end Bert Robinson, tackle Maada Jajua, linebacker John Jakimowicz, and backs Brendan Campbell, Anthony Pitt, and Rob Daly.

We expect the Falcons, with another strong effort from their offensive line and Snorweah, to win a run-dominated matchup.

Pick: Pennsbury, 20-14.

Last week: 8-3. Overall: 16-6 (.727).

Other Thursday games

No. 12 Garnet Valley (2-0 overall, 1-0 Central League) at No. 20 Ridley (1-1, 0-1), 7. The Green Raiders, coming off an overtime loss to Conestoga, bounce back at home. Pick: Ridley, 24-19.

West Chester Henderson (1-1) vs. George Washington (0-2), at Northeast, 6. The Warriors' midline-veer offense corrects its turnover-prone ways against GW. Pick: Henderson, 23-16.

Council Rock South (0-2) at No. 13 Pennridge (2-0), 7. Mike Class, Pennridge's new all-time leading rusher with 4,088 yards, will be recognized before the game. Pick: Pennridge, 33-7.

Friday

Father Judge (1-1) at Northeast (0-2), 6:30. Judge has a feared rushing duo in Marquis Seamon and Yeedee Thaenrat. Pick: Judge, 26-13.

No. 5 La Salle (1-1) at Cardinal O'Hara (0-2), 7. Can O'Hara's defense, burned for 73 points in its first two outings, find a way to tighten things up? Pick: La Salle, 38-14.

Bonner-Prendergast (1-1) vs. No. 16 West Catholic (2-0), at Widener, 7:30. Last year, with an incredible second-half rally, West Catholic raced past the Friars, 42-24. Pick: West, 34-20.

Saturday

Interboro (0-2) vs. Prep Charter (2-0) at Southern, 1. To avoid an 0-3 start, the Bucs need their anemic offense to find some kind of rhythm. Pick: Interboro, 27-6.

No. 4 Archbishop Wood (2-0) vs. Frankford (0-2), at Northeast, 7. Frankford's brutal nonleague slate mercifully comes to an end after this battle with the red-hot Vikings. Pick: Wood, 46-13.

North Penn (0-2) vs. No. 6 St. Joseph's Prep (1-1), at Plymouth Whitemarsh, 7. North Penn holds a 5-3 lead in the series but has dropped the last two meetings. Pick: Prep, 35-10.


Contact Rick O'Brien at robrien@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @ozoneinq. Read his blog, "The O'Zone," at www.inquirer.com/ozone

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