Pen­nridge puts clamps on PV

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Andrew Robin­son arobin­son@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @ADRobin­son3 on Twit­ter

Joe Devine re­mem­bered what it was like play­ing Perkiomen Val­ley last year.

A sea­son ago, theVik­ings sim­ply dis­man­tled Devine and his Pen­nridge team­mates en route to a con­vinc­ing win. Devine and his team­mates re­mem­bered and they weren’t go­ing to let it hap­pen again.

Spurred by Nick Tar­bur­ton’s safety, in­ter­cep­tions by Devine and Shawn Ack­ley and three sacks from Ryan Rapp, the Rams did the dis­man­tling Fri­day as they crushed visit­ing Perk Val­ley 29-0 atHel­man Field.

“They picked us apart last year,” Devine noted.

“It came down to who wanted it more,” Rapp said. “We were mad about last year and that’s what fu­eled the fire.”

Rams coach Jeff Hol­len­bach called it a “sig­na­ture win,” a sen­ti­ment echoed by Tar­bur­ton, Rapp and Devine. Tar­bur­ton also said it was one of the most com­plete games he’s ever been a part of at Pen­nridge.

Af­ter los­ing at Ne­shaminy last week, Pen­nridge faced a cross­road.

They took the right path Fri­day night. It all started with, of all things, a punt.

Oliver Jervis’s first kick of the night couldn’t have been bet­ter and when a team­mate downed it, the Vik­ings were tak­ing over at their own one-yard line. It was prime real es­tate for Tar­bur­ton to do what he does so well.

Af­ter an in­com­ple­tion, the Rams se­nior line­backer put some points on the board. The Penn State re­cruit surged around the edge on a sweep­ing run and dragged down Ryan Cerula for a safety with 7:18 left in the first quar­ter.

“I was blitz­ing B-gap, found a hole and made the play,” Tar­bur­ton said. “I’m sur­prised they read that lit­tle sweep-ac­tion play. It was easy to read, I saw it and just made the play.”

For the Vik­ings, who started their next drive on the two yard line, it was a far cry from the of­fen­sive suc­cess they en­joyed over the first two weeks.

“With that de­fense and how good they are and with 40 (Tar­bur­ton) roam­ing around out there, it’s hard to get some­thing go­ing,” PV coach Rob Heist said. “It didn’t put us in good po­si­tion early on. The plan was to buy us a lit­tle space to op­er­ate but it didn’t re­ally work out the way we planned.”

The two points were the only points for a while as the Rams of­fense sput­tered early. It would be the de­fense that pro­vided the spark.

Joe Devine picked off PV quar­ter­back Cole Peter­lin on the Rams’ 32, stopped a Vik­ings drive and turn­ing the tide. Pen­nridge needed just two plays to score, a 37yard catch by Tucker Chaikin pre­ced­ing a 16-yard Josh Pinkney run.

Things didn’t get bet­ter for PV.

“It’s all about game pre­pared­ness,” Rapp said. “We work our butts off Mon­day through Thurs­day to pre­pare for ev­ery game. We were slant­ing left and right, not giv­ing them just one look, chang­ing it up over and over again and re­ally con­fus­ing them.”

The Rams had dropped a po­ten­tial in­ter­cep­tion prior to Devine’s pick, but even though they couldn’t con­vert that turnover, it got the sec­ondary’s eyes a lit­tle wider.

“They’re my broth­ers, man,” Devine said. “Ev­ery­body was ballin’ out. One per­son makes a play, the rest of us keep step­ping up. That let ev­ery­body know we could play with these guys we just had to come out and show it. No­body be­lieved in us but us.”

Peter­lin’s next pass also went to a guy in green, as Shawn Ack­ley went down and got his fin­gers un­der a pass for an­other pick. This too led to a score with Pinkney’s 23- yard run set­ting up Ryan Gard­ner’s six­yard push into the end zone.

The Rams led 16-0 and had scored twice in just 1:19 of game time.

“We didn’t have much work­ing tonight with a zero on the score­board but the credit there goes to Pen­nridge’s de­fense, I thought they played out­stand­ing,” Heist said. “They had a good plan for us. We have to be able to ex­e­cute on of­fense against a good de­fense and we weren’t able to do that.”

PV came back with some pop and put to­gether a good drive down to the Rams’ 17 be­fore things fell apart. An in­com­ple­tion and a five­yard penalty flag brought up first down and the Pen­nridge de­fense did its thing, forc­ing an in­com­ple­tion and turnover on downs, tech­ni­cally its fourth caused turnover of the half.

Pen­nridge re­sponded in kind with a drive of its own, a 30-yard Zak Kan­tor to Gard­ner pass flip­ping the field. It was capped off by a 19-yard pass, with Kan­tor throw­ing a nice back-shoul­der ball to Chaikin in the right cor­ner of the end­zone.

“Zak did an awe­some job, he made some great plays,” Hol­len­bach said of his quar­ter­back fol­low­ing his stand­out game. “Tucker made some huge catches. We made plays tonight, we played tough in­side. They were do­ing all kinds of stuff to us de­fen­sively, all kinds of stunts but our of­fen­sive line did a great job pick­ing it up.”

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