PV pulls away from Boy­er­town

PV pulls away from Boy­er­town after tight 3 quar­ters

The Community Connection - - FRONT PAGE - By Rob Se­nior For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

BOY­ER­TOWN » Be­fore Thurs­day night’s game at Boy­er­town, the Perkiomen Val­ley foot­ball team found them­selves in the prover­bial ‘bad spot.’

Com­ing off a huge shutout win against pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Owen J. Roberts — and with tra­di­tional ri­val Spring-Ford on deck next week — the Vik­ings found them­selves with a short week to pre­pare for a Boy­er­town team, re­turn­ing home after notch­ing their first win last week against Methac­ton.

It had all the mak­ings of a trap game — un­til the PV of­fense got rolling after half­time.

Quar­ter­back Cole Peter­lin led a strong sec­ond-half ef­fort for Perk Val­ley, as the Vik­ings broke a tight game wide open in the 4th quar­ter, pre­vail­ing by a fi­nal score of 46-20 to re­main un­de­feated in the PAC (5-1, 2-0 PAC).

“We didn’t have a great week of prac­tice,” ad­mit­ted Ryan Cerula, who got the of­fen­sive ex­plo­sion started after half­time with a 36-yard touch­down catch. “But once our of­fense gets rolling, the re­sults speak for them­selves.”

But no mat­ter what the fi­nal tally says, make no mis­take — this game was dead even for three quar­ters. Early on, PV’s Isa­iah Domine re­turned a punt 46 yards to the Bears’ 25-yard line. Four plays later, Bren­dan Schimpf car­ried for a 4-yard score to put the Vik­ings

ahead 7-0. The PV of­fense was off and fly­ing — lit­tle did they know they’d barely see the ball the re­main­der of the first half.

After a Ryan Cerula in­ter­cep­tion gave PV great field po­si­tion, the Vik­ings took the ball in­side the Boy­er­town 15 be­fore miss­ing a field goal on the fi­nal play of the first quar­ter. Boy­er­town im­me­di­ately em­barked on a drive that fea­tured two high­light catches by Jerry Kapp.

The first catch saw Kapp drag his right foot in­bounds to move the ball into PV ter­ri­tory for the first time. For an en­core, he out-jumped a PV de­fen­sive back for a first down at the 17-yard line. On the en­su­ing fourth down, how­ever, Schimpf in­ter­cepted Boy­er­town quar­ter­back Ay­den Mathias at the 9-yard line to quell the threat.

But when Boy­er­town re­gained the ball with seven min­utes left in the half, they be­gan an­other me­thod­i­cal march that fea­tured three fourth-down con­ver­sions be­fore Jamie Moc­cia fin­ished the drive with a 3-yard touch­down plunge just 14 sec­onds be­fore half­time to tie the score at 7-7.

“We only had three of­fen­sive pos­ses­sions that first half,” said Perkiomen Val­ley coach Rob Heist, “and that’s a tes­ta­ment to Boy­er­town and (coach) TJ Miller’s game­plan. In the sec­ond half, we had a cou­ple things go our way, got some short fields, and made some plays.”

Quite a few plays, in fact. Peter­lin found Cerula in stride for a 36-yard touch­down pass to give the Vik­ings the lead just three min­utes into the third quar­ter, but a per­sonal foul penalty pushed the PAT back to a 35-yard at­tempt, which was wide left. The Bears re­sponded im­me­di­ately, with Mathias find­ing Blaise Caroselli in­side the 5-yard line be­fore Mar­cus Thomas’ 1-yard run tied the game at 13-13.

But the game would turn per­ma­nently in PV’s fa­vor on the en­su­ing pos­ses­sion, when Peter­lin con­verted con­sec­u­tive 3rdand-13 sit­u­a­tions with re­spec­tive com­ple­tions to Domine and Jon Moc­cia to ex­tend the drive. Two plays after the sec­ond con­ver­sion, Peter­lin fin­ished what he started with a 5-yard touch­down run to give the Vik­ings back the lead for the third time. This time, they wouldn’t look back.

The run­ning game fin­ished the job for the Vik­ings, with Schimpf adding two more rush­ing touch­downs and Jon Moc­cia and Zachary Lomonaco each adding a tally for PV in the fourth quar­ter. Thomas, who rushed for ex­actly 100 yards on the night, closed out the scor­ing for Boy­er­town (15, 1-1 PAC).

“When you look at a team like Perk Val­ley, they know how to close out games,” said Boy­er­town coach TJ Miller. “It’s some­thing we’re still work­ing on, and we’ll get there.”

For the vic­to­ri­ous Vik­ings, the win sets the stage for the likely Game of the Year, at least in the Lib­erty Di­vi­sion — next week’s show­down with Spring-Ford.

“Spring-Ford’s gonna be up, they’ll be ready — we’re gonna get their best punch,” said Heist. “But we fi­nally get a chance to play at our field, in front of our com­mu­nity. It’s gonna be a great week.”

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Boy­er­town’s Jerry Kapp makes a leap­ing catch over Perkiomen Val­ley’s Remy Sell dur­ing the sec­ond quar­ter Thurs­day.

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Perkiomen Val­ley’s Ryan Cerula pushes for ex­tra yards as he’s pur­sued by Boy­er­town’s Liam Cal­la­han (3).

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Boy­er­town’s Ni­cholas Moc­cia (16) and Jami­son Moc­cia (7) cel­e­brate after Jami­son’s touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter against Perkiomen Val­ley.

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Perkiomen Val­ley’s Noah Shine (52) tries to tackle Boy­er­town’s Nick Moc­cia from be­hind dur­ing Thurs­day’s game.

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