Interboro, the defending PIAA District 1 Class AAA champion, opened with losses to Springfield (Delaware County) and Episcopal Academy.
Of the lackluster start, the 6-5, 300-pound Gould said: "We weren't playing as a team. We were making too many stupid mistakes. All the little mistakes were costing us."
Against Prep Charter, after the injury to Owens, Gould, a left tackle on offense, was joined up front by center Matt Simmons, left guard Christian Brady, right guard Jeremiah Dellipriscoli, right tackle John Bellano, and tight end Cody Mathis.
"We do have experience there," said Gould, who can bench-press 355 pounds, push-press 225, power-clean 235, and squat 350. "The line is one of our strengths."
In a run-oriented scheme, Bucs quarterback Pat Cashin mostly spreads the ball among five players: halfbacks Quran Mottenon and Eric Owens (Angelo's brother), fullback Sonny Armstrong, wingback Nick Pfaff, and wide receiver Mark Everton.
In the first quarter against the 2-1 Huskies, Mottenon scored on runs of 7 and 8 yards. On the latter, a dash around left end, Dellipriscoli wiped out a defensive back at about the 3.
In the second stanza, after Prep Charter's Anthony Thomas returned an interception 86 yards for a touchdown, Eric Owens went off left tackle for a 3-yard TD.
A standout in the trenches, Gould also excels as a heavyweight wrestler. Last season, he claimed the Del-Val League title and placed second in districts. He was derailed in regionals by a separated shoulder.
"My height helps me in wrestling," the Prospect Park resident said. "And the coaching staff at Interboro is amazing. They've taught me everything I know."
For football, Gould has received Division I-A (Missouri, Penn State, Rutgers) and I-AA (Villanova and Penn) interest. He plans to major in education or pharmaceutical sciences.
"I do want to play football in college," he said, "but mostly I'm interested in getting the best possible education."
Also injured. In addition to Angelo Owens, two Prep Charter players - sophomore Marcus Bryant and junior John Shantz - needed emergency medical services Saturday.
Bryant, an offensive guard and defensive tackle, suffered a separated shoulder late in the first quarter. Huskies coach David Hand said the 5-11, 285-pounder could be back this season.
On second-quarter punt coverage, Shantz, a wide receiver and free safety, suffered a severe concussion, according to Hand. He may end up sitting out the rest of the year for precautionary reasons.
Shantz was walloped by Interboro blocker Steve Phillips.
"The kid dipped his head a little bit, but it was a clean hit," Hand said.
Extra points. Archbishop Ryan, a 53-0 winner over Bensalem on Thursday, is 3-0 for the first time since 1992. That year, the Raiders went 12-0-1. The only "blemish" was a 0-0, Game 4 tie against then-Catholic League Northern Division rival Father Judge. . . . Prep Charter's John Graham, a senior receiver and safety, is sidelined with a broken ankle suffered in a 19-6 win over Del-Val Charter on Sept. 7. He has received varying degrees of interest from Pittsburgh, Massachusetts, Monmouth, and Penn. . . . In St. Joseph's Prep's 35-6 win over North Penn on Saturday, lineman Joe DuMond and outside linebacker Shawn Harris registered first-quarter sacks for the Hawks. Prep lineman Jake Strain and linebacker Ryan McNulty teamed on a third-quarter sack.
Rick O'Brien: The Inquirer TOP 25
Last week's rankings in parentheses.
Rk. Team Rec.
1. Coatesville (1) 3-0
Daquan Worley rushed for 220 yards in a 27-14 win over Central Dauphin East. Next: Friday vs. Avon Grove.
2. Imhotep Chart. (2) 3-0
Denniston Moore had two scoring receptions in a 46-0 whipping of Roxborough. Next: Idle.
3. Neshaminy (3) 3-0
Linebacker Denny Lord was involved in six tackles in a 28-0 blanking of Souderton. Next: Friday vs. William Tennent.
4. Arch. Wood (4) 3-0
Josh Messina rushed for 100-plus yards in a 42-14 rout of undermanned Frankford. Next: Friday vs. No. 16 West Catholic.
5. St. Joe's Prep (6) 2-1
In a 35-6 triumph against North Penn, Chris Martin threw for 162 yards and a score. Next: Idle.
6. La Salle (5) 2-1
Jordan Meachum rushed for 160 yards and scored twice in a 28-14 win over Cardinal O'Hara. Next: Saturday vs. No. 11 Malvern Prep.
7. Pennsbury (7) 2-1
In a lightning-delayed contest, the Falcons turned back Downingtown East, 26-14. Next: Friday at Harry S Truman.
8. Arch. Ryan (9) 3-0
Newcomer Samir Bullock rushed for 162 yards and three scores in a 53-0 shellacking of Bensalem. Next: Saturday vs. Chichester.
9. Garnet Valley (12) 3-0
Vince Razzano and the Jaguars buried Central League archrival Ridley, 42-13. Next: Friday at Radnor.
10. Pottsgrove (10) 3-0
With Marquis Barefield scoring three times, the Falcons throttled Upper Perkiomen, 63-7. Next: Friday vs. Methacton.
11. Malvern Prep (11) 2-0
12. Down. East (8) 2-1
13. Pennridge (13) 3-0
14. Academy Park (15) 3-0
15. Episcopal Ac. (19) 3-0
16. West Catholic (16) 3-0
17. Abington (21) 3-0
18. Spring-Ford (NR) 2-1
19. Perk. Valley (14) 2-1
20. Father Judge (NR) 2-1
21. C.B. South (23) 2-1
22. W.C. Rustin (25) 3-0
23. C.R. North (NR) 2-0
24. Springfield-D (24) 3-0
25. Lans. Catholic (NR) 3-0
Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Great Valley (3-0), Penncrest (3-0), Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (3-0), Unionville (2-1), Upper Dublin (3-0).
- Rick O'Brien
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