Peter­lin leads Perk Val­ley past Boy­er­town, 42-21

The Boyertown Area Times - - SPORTS - By Jeff Stover js­tover@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mer­curyXS­tover on Twit­ter

Tenac­ity. It’s been a foun­da­tion piece for the suc­cess Perkiomen Val­ley is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this fall. Turn­ing busted plays and po­ten­tial quar­ter­back sacks into pos­i­tive out­comes, com­ing up big on passes thrown un­der pres­sure ... it’s what’s driven the Vik­ings on the way to an­other no­table Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cam­paign.

Tenac­ity was very much on dis­play Fri­day at Thomas J. Keenan Sta­dium, where PV was host­ing Boy­er­town in ad­vance of next week’s Divi­sion 1 show­down with Spring-Ford. Play­ing be­fore a packed home-side crowd in their Homecoming game, the Vik­ings banged out a 42-21 vic­tory over the Bears to run their cur­rent win streak to six games.

“We’re pretty good at mak­ing plays when stuff breaks down,” quar­ter­back Cole Peter­lin, who ran for two touch­downs and threw for two more, said after­ward. “Mak­ing reads on their de­fense, get­ting off good throws ... awe­some stuff.”

Peter­lin threw at 9-for16 ac­cu­racy, chalk­ing up 128 yards in the air for PV (4-0 PAC, 6-2 over­all). He proved elu­sive run­ning out of the pocket, avoid­ing sacks while scor­ing on an 18-yard run up the mid­dle to get the Vikes on the score­board with 8:35 left in the first quar­ter.

He later con­nected with Ja­cob Sturm on a 10-yard scor­ing throw early in the sec­ond quar­ter, and Jon Moc­cia on an 18-yard TD toss near the end of the first half. The cap­per was a 17-yard sprint up the mid­dle in­side the fi­nal minute of the first half. That staked the Vik­ings to a 3514 lead against a Boy­er­town unit whose own QB, Ay­den Mathias, ran for both its scores — the first a 65-yard sprint that an­swered PV’s open­ing TD.

“Our of­fense has strug­gled the last cou­ple weeks,” Peter­lin noted. “We want to get back to where we’re sup­posed to be. Even this week, we want to im­prove on the of­fen­sive side of the ball.”

Perk Val­ley’s tenac­ity on the de­fen­sive side trans­lated into a pair of touch­downs.

Austin Row­ley, with two in­ter­cep­tions to his credit, turned a Boy­er­town fum­ble into a 60-yard touch­down in the first quar­ter. And early in the third, with the Bears (0-4, 1-7) backed up to their end zone, David Stu­art pounced on a Bear fum­ble in the end zone for what would close out the Vik­ings’ point pro­duc­tion.

“Mak­ing the bro­ken plays ben­e­fits the team,” said Moc­cia, whose three re­cep­tions for 41 yards led PV.

Boy­er­town’s Moc­cia, ju­nior run­ning back Jamie, was the work­horse of the team’s rush­ing of­fense. He pounded the line 15 times for 77 yards to key the Bears, who got an­other 83 from eight car­ries by Mathias.

“Our kids go into ev­ery game play­ing their hard­est,” head coach T.J. Miller said. “We’ve suf­fered in­juries — there were times when we had only two se­niors on the field — and I’m proud of their ef­fort.”

The Bear de­fense was high­lighted by in­ter­cep­tions from Jamie Moc­cia and Mathias, and Holden O’Don­nell’s re­cov­ery of a PV fum­ble at the start of the fourth quar­ter.

“I’m proud of the way the kids are go­ing on,” Miller said. “We want to clean things up and take our­selves to the elite level.”

The Vik­ings, in the mean­time, are think­ing to­ward next week’s game at SpringFord — the Rams also mov­ing to 4-0 with their 30-7 win over Owen J. Roberts. The win­ner will, in ad­di­tion to be­ing the Lib­erty Divi­sion cham­pion, will play in the league’s ti­tle game the fol­low­ing week against the Fron­tier Divi­sion champ.

“We’re al­ready mo­ti­vated,” Jon Moc­cia said. “We’ve been talk­ing about this game since the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.”

“Next week is go­ing to be su­per-big,” Peter­lin added. “It will de­cide who goes to the PAC cham­pi­onship game.”

NOTES >> Prior to the game, the Class of 2018 for the Perkiomen Val­ley School District Hall of Fame was rec­og­nized. The in­ductees are Joanne (Kehs) Conte, Mary Fen­ster­ma­cher, Wil­liam Fretz, Dr. Franklin Man­ley, Wil­liam Neill, Steven Rich, David Roberts, Jacque­line Tran­kle and Grant Wi­ley . ... Christina War­ren was named PV’s Homecoming Queen dur­ing half­time cer­e­monies.

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