Perk Val­ley rolls to2-0

Sec­ond-quar­ter surge sends Vik­ings past Up­per Dublin, 31-9

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Mike Cabrey mcabrey@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @mp­cabrey on Twitter

The only thing that slowed down the Perkiomen Val­ley of­fense Fri­day night was half­time.

Af­ter two empty pos­ses­sions to be­gin their visit to Up­per Dublin, the Vik­ings found their groove, col­lect­ing touch­downs on their final four drives of the first half. PV’s at­tack lost their rhythm af­ter the break— post­ing just three points— but Perk Val­ley kept the host Car­di­nals in check and came away from the non-league con­test with a 31-9 vic­tory.

“I can’t be un­happy. I think we played well, es­pe­cially our de­fense I thought was awe­some tonight, re­ally fly­ing to the ball and tack­ling well,” Vik­ings coach Rob Heist said. “But of­fen­sively we just have to keep im­prove­ment, we have to keep work­ing and get­ting bet­ter ev­ery week. We got a real chal­lenge com­ing up this week against Pen­nridge.

PV quar­ter­back Cole Peter­lin went 20-of-28 for 166 yards and two touch­downs while Jon Moc­cia ran for a pair of scores, in­clud­ing the goa­head TD from13 yards out tomake it 7-3 with 12.4 sec­onds left in the open­ing quar­ter.

“I think we did pretty good of­fen­sively. I think we got af­ter it, we made very good plays,” Perk Val­ley’s Alec Jack­son said. “I think there’s al­ways room to im­prove, al­ways room to get bet­ter.”

Peter­lin’s two touch­downs throws ex­tended the lead for Perk Val­ley (20) to 21-3 be­fore a Ma­lik Boot­man 45-yard touch­down run had Up­per Dublin (0-1) within 21-9. But the Vik­ings went into the half up 19 af­ter Moc­cia capped a 12-play, 70-yard drive with a two-yard TD run 19 sec­onds be­fore half­time.

“Wewere in a rhythm,” Heist said. “We had them off bal­ance a lit­tle bit in the first half. And then they made some cor­rec­tions at half­time and we just had a hard time get­ting out of our own way there in the sec­ond half.”

The first seven pos­ses­sions of the sec­ond half ended in punts be­fore the eight ended with an in­ter­cep­tion by PV’s Max Nice, which re­sulted in the lone points in the last two quar­ters — a Mike Weir 32 field goal at 3:15 in the fourth.

“We had ba­si­cally on of­fense, it was eight new starters and nine on de­fense. Guys, just a lit­tle bit of Fri­day night lights, faster than they’re used to and they caught up thought,” Up­per Dublin coach Bret Stover said.

The Car­di­nals took an early 3-0 lead on Chris Bar­bera’s 19-yard field goal at 4:57 in the first quar­ter. It was still 3-0 late in the pe­riod when Perk Val­ley got pres­sure on quar­ter­back Ju­lian Gim­ble and his throw

was in­ter­cepted by Kevin Delacruz at the UD 19 and re­turn down to the 13. One play later, Moc­cia found the end zone and the Vik­ings were up 7-3.

“I wouldn’t say we had them but we were in a good spot, let’s put it that way, un­til we turned the ball over down here,” Stover said. “That just seemed to flip it. And they’re that good that they just jumped on us.”

Peter­lin ended a four­play 48-yard drive but rolling and hitting Jack­son for a 24-yard touch­down to make it 14-3 at 9:27 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“Usu­ally I’m more of a short pass kind of guy,” Jack­son said. “I think it was a freak thing — no one saw me com­ing cause I’m taught to just look for blocks and stuff.”

Perk Val­ley took a 21-6 lead at 5:29 when Peter­lin found Isa­iah Domine in the end zone with a two-yard pass to fin­ish at six-play, 56yard drive.

Lu­cas Rotelli re­turned the en­su­ing kick­off to the Vik­ings 45, where Boot­man found open space down the side­line on the Car­di­nals’ first place for a 45-yard TD run at 5:11. But the Vik­ings re­sponded with an­other touch­down run — Moc­cia sec­ond touch­down run in the half’s final minute putting the vis­i­tors ahead 28-9.

GENE WALSH — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Perk Val­ley’s Jon Moc­cia works to elude an Up­per Dublin de­fender dur­ing their game on Sept. 1.

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