Shut ‘Em Down

Swarm­ing Perk Val­ley de­fense dom­i­nates up­start OJR, 44-20

The Phoenix - - SPORTS - By Sam Ste­wart sstew­art@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Sa­muel_Ste­wart7 on Twitter

It had the mak­ings of an early sea­son show­down.

The first quar­ter be­tween Perkiomen Val­ley and Owen J. Roberts lived up to that hype. The next three quar­ters, how­ever, not so much.

Led by quar­ter­back Cole Peter­lin’s 254- yard pass­ing per­for­mance and a de­fen­sive and spe­cial teams unit that forced four turnovers, Perkiomen Val­ley ex­tended its Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence win­ning streak to seven games with a 27-0 vic­tory over the Wild­cats Fri­day night at a spe­cial Autism Speaks Aware­ness game at Thomas J. Keenan Sta­dium.

Thewin is the Vik­ings’ sev­enth straight vic­tory over Owen J. Roberts (4-1) and marks the sec­ond shutout the de­fense has pitched this sea­son (team se­cured a 38-0 shutout vic­tory over Down­ing town West to start the sea­son). Op­por­tunis­tic and ag­gres­sive, the de­fense lim­ited the Wild­cats’ third-ranked of- fense to just 135 yards — 78 com­ing in the first three quar­ters. Its four caused turnovers were also a sea­son best.

“Our de­fense, we run around like mad dogs,” PV se­nior line­backer Noah Shine said. “We get 11 guys to the ball every play. That’s just the way we prac­tice, that’s just the way we play. I’ll give credit toOJR, they did a good job of run­ning the ball at us, but I feel like our guys, with the way we prac­tice, are a force to be reck­oned with.”

The of­fense took ad­van­tage of the gifts the de­fense cre­ated, scor­ing 13 of its 27 points off caused turnovers. Brendan Schimpf’s

one-yard plunge to make it 7-0 in fa­vor of the Vik­ings capped off a 3-play, 30-yard drive that started be­cause of an OJR fum­ble. Mike Weir then con­nected on two field goals, one a lit­tle longer than an ex­tra point to end the first half at 170, the other a 30-yarder in the third quar­ter to make it 20-0.

“We kept com­ing out every drive and pounded the ball run­ning and pass­ing and we just con­nected,” re­ceiver Isa­iah Domine said. “It was a very good ef­fort from ev­ery­one on the team, our line, our quar­ter­back, re­ceivers. Ev­ery­one stepped up.

OJR played even with PV through a score­less first quar­ter. Its de­fense lived up to its billing as the No. 1 ranked de­fense in the PAC with a su­perb goalline stop on the Vik­ings’ open­ing drive. Turnovers and PV pos­ses­sions with a short field wore on them, how­ever. The 27 points were the most OJR has let up all sea­son — same too, the 307 yards of to­tal of­fense.

“You can’t turn the ball over in a game like this, pe­riod,” OJR head coach Rich Kolka said. “Es­pe­cially not in a game where you have two teams that are pretty good. We stressed it all week and we didn’t do it. You can’t win a game like this or any game that it’s go­ing to be tight with four turnovers. It’s not hap­pen­ing.”

Perkiomen Val­ley took the lead late in the sec­ond quar­ter on Schimpf’s afore­men­tioned 1-yard plunge be­fore Peter­lin dropped a bril­liant dime to Domine on a go route on the team’s next pos­ses­sion for a 55yard score and a 14-0 lead. Fol­low­ing Weir’s two field goals, one stem­ming from a fum­ble on the kick­off re­turn, the other on a in­ter­cep­tion by Max Nice, Peter­lin found Domine again on a slant route to cap the scor­ing. Domine fin­ished with four re­cep­tions for 80 yards and two scores. Jon Moc­cia added five re­cep­tions for 80 yards while Remy Sell — play­ing with a club on his right arm — hauled in three passes for 70 yards in the win.

“This is one of the bet­ter wins that we had,” Domine said af­ter the game. “Es­pe­cially with all these peo­ple here, this be­ing our youth night and shut­ting them out, it was a good win for us. Still plenty for us to build on.”

NOTES » Perkiomen Val­ley’s as­sis­tant coach Ja- son Basile’s nephew, Bode, was given a chance to run out with the team in an event planned to help to raise aware­ness for Autism Aware­ness.

SAM STE­WART — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Perkiomen Val­ley quar­ter­back Cole Peter­lin gets a pass off in the face of OJR line­backer Brendan Kru­me­n­acker.

SAM STE­WART — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Perkiomen Val­ley’s Noah Shine points in the di­rec­tion of his team af­ter the Vik­ings re­cov­ered a fum­ble dur­ing the first half of the team’s 27-0vic­tory over Owen J. Roberts.

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