Jake Reichwein leads Central Bucks West against Pennridge

Central Bucks West’s Jake Reichwein (33) picks up yardage in last month’s 20-0 shutout of visiting Quakertown.

Jim and Sue Reichwein have to juggle their schedules when it comes to watching their four children play sports.

Jake Reichwein is a bruising running back and linebacker at Central Bucks West and is also a forward in basketball.

The senior’s older brother, Cal, is a sophomore wing guard for Lafayette’s basketball squad; his junior sister, Casey, plays field hockey and lacrosse at C.B. West; and his freshman sister, Jada, plays volleyball for the Bucks.

“Yeah, it can be a little crazy at times,” Jake Reichwein said. “My parents do their best to be at as many games as they can.”

The place to be Friday night is War Memorial Field in Doylestown. That’s where C.B. West will host Pennridge in a Suburban One League Continental Conference football matchup at 7 p.m.

Reichwein and the Bucks (5-1, 1-1 conference) can take a big step toward earning a PIAA District 1 Class 6A playoff berth with a victory over the Rams (4-2, 1-1).

“Pennridge is a very physical team and has some talented playmakers,” Reichwein said. “We need to play at a high level to beat them.”

Reichwein is a second-year captain and believed to be one of only five four-year starters in program history. “He’s a great character kid, leads by example on and off the field,” said C.B. West’s third-year coach, Chas Cathers. “He’s the type of player who comes around once in a lifetime.”

Switching from fullback to halfback this season, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder has carried 66 times for a team-high 365 yards and five touchdowns. “Jake and Ryan Moylan make up our one-two rushing punch,” Cathers said.

Reichwein has been involved in 48 tackles, with seven stops for losses, for a defensive unit that has yielded an average of 13.8 points per game. He has recovered two fumbles and made the same number of sacks.

Josh Crecca, who split time at quarterback with Moylan last season, has completed 35 of 85 passes for 522 yards and five scores. Moylan has rushed 65 times for 233 yards and a TD.

The charge up front is led by left tackle and third-year starter James McGowan (6-3, 230), left guard Spencer Piligian (5-10, 215), and center Arthur Schuessler (5-8, 210).

“We want to establish the run, but Josh can let loose in the passing game when we need it,” said Cathers, who has 27 seniors on the roster.

Reichwein is supported on defense by fellow inside linebacker Ryan Hieber, tackles Piligian and Jake Newman, ends Michael Taylor and Luke Benson, linebacker/safety Don McCauley, and backs Zane Williams and Ricardo Washington.

Pennridge is sparked on offense by QB Zak Kantor, multipurpose threat Ryan Garner, and fullback Nick Tarburton. Speedy halfback Josh Pinkney (38 carries for 366 yards, six TDs) missed the last two games due to an injury and is questionable to play Friday.

Reichwein, whose father was an offensive lineman at Hatboro-Horsham and Kentucky, has a scholarship offer from Army.

“I respect everyone in the military and it could be a good fit for me,” the 18-year old said. “But I want to let things play out and see what other options come up.”

Game at a glance

Recent history. Pennridge has won seven of the last nine head-to-head meetings. Central Bucks West last won in 2013.

Last season. Pennridge turned C.B. West away twice inside the 10-yard line and triumphed, 30-21, at Helman Field.

Strong blockers. Bucks fullbacks Ryan Hieber and Joe Fay help clear running space for Jake Reichwein and Ryan Moylan.

Improving. Rams junior quarterback Zak Kantor has completed 47 of 95 passes for 734 yards and three touchdowns.

Key contributor. C.B. West’s Clarke Bittner has booted three field goals and excels at flipping the field on punts.

PSU recruit. Pennridge linebacker Nick Tarburton, who has committed to Penn State, has registered 54 tackles, with 22 solos.

Pick. Pennridge, 21-17.