Phoenixville ham­mers Up­per Perk, 49-0

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - SPORTS - By Barry Sankey For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

PHOENIXVILLE » Don Grin­stead felt it was not a mat­ter of play call­ing, Xs and Os or any of that.

The Phoenixville foot­ball coach pointed to an­other facet of the game.

“More than any­thing else, we played re­ally hard,” said Grin­stead. “Up­per Perkiomen and us, we’ve both been strug­gling. I didn’t know how we would play tonight.”

The Phan­toms sat­is­fied the coach­ing staff and them­selves im­mensely with a 49-0 shutout over Up­per Perkiomen to cel­e­brate Home­com­ing at Wash­ing­ton Field.

With the re­sult, Phoenixville won its first Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Fron­tier Di­vi­sion game af­ter three set­backs and upped their over­all record to 3-5. Up­per Perkiomen fell to 0-4 in the PAC and 1-7 over­all.

The Phan­toms took con­trol of the game early and main­tained the mo­men­tum the rest of the way. The hosts led 14-0 af­ter one quar­ter and 27-0 by half­time. It was 35-0 en­ter­ing the fi­nal frame.

Alex Wash­ing­ton scored three touch­downs, one on an 8-yard pass from quar­ter­back Con­nor Pata­nia, while Travis Pan­nella, Ai­dan Fo­ley and Owen Koch added sin­gle scores for the Phan­toms.

Wash­ing­ton opened the scor­ing with a 47-yard scor­ing run down the left side with 6:31 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter to give Phoenixville a 6-0 lead and the Phan­toms never looked back. He later threw a 39-yard half­back pass to Pata­nia in the quar­ter.

Wash­ing­ton also scored on a 16-yard run in the third quar­ter.

“We played hard from the start,” said Grin­stead. “We did a great job of main­tain­ing it in the sec­ond half. We put it all to­gether. We played harder.”

The of­fense, de­fense and spe­cial teams clicked to­gether for the first time this sea­son although the Phan­toms have been in ev­ery con­test.

Tre Davis in­ter­cepted two passes, and the Phan­toms did not al­low Up­per Perkiomen to get any­thing go­ing all night with strong pur­suit against the run and heavy pres­sure against the pass.

“The past few weeks we beat our­selves,” said Pata­nia. “We ex­e­cuted tonight. We were able to run the ball and we were able to pass the ball. And that is why we got a 49-0 win.

“Our line did a great job. I was able to make easy reads. The line is the hard­est po­si­tion to play in foot­ball. I am thank­ful and ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery one of them.”

Home­com­ing proved to be the per­fect time for the Phan­toms to break out of their slump.

“It was way more ex­cit­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing with the crowd and a great at­mos­phere,” Pata­nia said. “It was fun to play.”

Up­per Perkiomen coach Tom Hontz didn’t like what he saw from his team on the night.

“They (Phan­toms) were a very dis­ci­plined team tonight and we weren’t,” said Hontz. “That cost us. We had a cou­ple penal­ties. We started off with two false starts on first down, and then we had a pass in­ter­fer­ence on fourth down. De­fen­sively, we’re not good enough to over­come those mis­takes.

“Tip your hat to them. They were the phys­i­cal team and we weren’t.” NOTES » Daniel Gray, Wash­ing­ton, Pan­nella, Jor­dan Ford, Dave Ni­cholas and Jack Pi­zor were among the other de­fen­sive lead­ers for Phoenixville . ... Up­per Perkiomen got strong de­fen­sive games from Luke Whary, Ben Houseknecht, Brady Thomp­son, Owen Rein­hart and Lo­gan Hollingsworth among oth­ers . ... Mor­gan Mor­ris was crowned Home­com­ing Queen and Drew Gib­son was named Home­com­ing King dur­ing half­time cer­e­monies . ... Prior to the game, the late Nick Basca (Class of 1935) be­came the first Phoenixville player to have his num­ber re­tired with mem­bers of his fam­ily on hand. He wore jer­sey num­ber 60. Basca, a quar­ter­back and half­back, played at Vil­lanova and went on to play for the Philadel­phia Ea­gles. He en­listed in the United States Army and was killed dur­ing bat­tle in World War II.

BARRY TAGLIEBER - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

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