Peter­lin-Domine con­nec­tion lifts Perk Val­ley foot­ball over In­ter­boro

The Phoenix - - FRONT PAGE - By Thomas Nash tnash@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Thomas_Nash10 on Twit­ter

PHOENIXVILLE » On a day where the sun fi­nally worked its way out from be­hind the clouds, it was Perkiomen Val­ley’s quar­ter­back-re­ceiver com­bi­na­tion that shined the bright­est on Sat­ur­day af­ter­noon.

Vik­ings se­nior sig­nal-caller Cole Peter­lin and wide re­ceiver Isa­iah Domine con­nected for three touch­downs and more than 150 yards through the air dur­ing a 42-14 win over In­ter­boro in a game played at Phoenixville High School.

“It started last year, we’d throw some deep balls in prac­tice,” said Domine, who had five re­cep­tions for 154 yards on the af­ter­noon. “We ex­e­cuted them in prac­tice, then tried them out in games and it worked. This year, we got the ball rolling and we keep mak­ing it work.”

That con­nec­tion has surely been work­ing so far this sea­son.

For the year, Domine leads the Pi­o­neer Ath­letic Con­fer­ence in re­ceiv­ing yards (285) and re­ceiv­ing touch­downs (eight) on 15 re­cep­tions. Peter­lin, who fin­ished with 446 pass­ing yards Sat­ur­day, cur­rently leads the league in pass­ing yards (812) and is among the lead­ers in pass­ing touch­downs (nine).

“Cole is a good quar­ter­back. We ex­pect him to spread the ball around,” said Perk Val­ley head coach Rob Heist. “We liked the matchup we saw in par­tic­u­lar with Isa­iah this week. He’s a tough kid to cover — he’s got good size, good hands, good speed. We try to take ad­van­tage of that ev­ery chance we can.”

The Vik­ings (2-2 over­all) took ad­van­tage of that matchup on a bro­ken play dur­ing their open­ing pos­ses­sion.

On third and 13 late in the first quar­ter, Peter­lin dropped the snap, then picked it up and rolled to his left be­fore hit­ting a wide open Domine who took it down the side­line the rest of the way for a 55-yard touch­down and the game’s open­ing score.

Then af­ter In­ter­boro’s en­su­ing pos­ses­sion re­sulted in a muffed punt at­tempt, Peter­lin car­ried it in from 23 yards out to give Perk Val­ley an early 14-0 lead.

“I’m a lot more com­fort­able than I was last year,” said the se­condyear QB Peter­lin, who rushed for 69 yards. “I can read de­fenses a lot bet­ter so it slows down the game and makes it eas­ier. It gives me a lot more chances to sit back and make the open throw or run it.”

Perk Val­ley’s de­fense had In­ter­boro (1-3 over­all) bot­tled up for most of the first half, though a pair of costly penal­ties put the Buc­ca­neers in prime scor­ing po­si­tion mid­way through the sec­ond quar­ter. In­ter­boro fi­nally got on the board when Mike Moore capped a 10-play, 65-yard pos­ses­sion with a two-yard run through the mid­dle to make it 14-7.

From that point, Perk Val­ley took to­tal con­trol.

The Vik­ings put to­gether a four­minute 11-play drive that ended with Ja­cob Sturm bar­relling his way into the end zone with 2:19 left in reg­u­la­tion. Then af­ter forc­ing a quick three-and-out by In­ter­boro, the Vik­ings moved the ball quickly down­field and ended the half with Domine pulling in a beau­ti­ful pass on a dou­ble-move to give Perk Val­ley a 28-7 lead at the half.

“That was nice to score and head into half, es­pe­cially know­ing we’d get the ball to start the sec­ond (half),” said Heist. “That worked out per­fectly. That’s al­ways de­flat­ing when an of­fense can do that to an­other team.”

The Vik­ings scored twice dur­ing the third quar­ter — Jon Moc­cia run­ning it around the left end from two yards out be­fore Domine pulled in a 44-yard touch­down from Peter­lin — to take a com­mand­ing 42-7 lead and bring the run­ning clock into play.

Af­ter start­ing out the sea­son with con­sec­u­tive losses against District 1-6A con­tenders Down­ing­town West and Down­ing­town East, Perkiomen Val­ley finds it­self back to 2-2. A dif­fer­ent record but the same ap­proach, says Peter­lin, as the Vik­ings gear up for a road trip to PAC Lib­erty foe Owen J. Roberts next Fri­day night.

“We’re gonna keep do­ing our thing,” said Peter­lin. “Ev­ery week, we’re aim­ing to be 1-0. We’re gonna keep try­ing to get the win ev­ery week.”

In­ter­boro, mean­while, heads to Lower More­land for a non-con­fer­ence matchup next Sat­ur­day be­fore open­ing up Delaware Val­ley league play against Acad­emy Park on Sept. 28.

“Our three losses, the other two teams are 3-0,” said In­ter­boro head coach Steve Len­nox, ref­er­enc­ing losses against Ox­ford and Arch­bishop Ryan. “So we play a good sched­ule, a tough sched­ule. Hope­fully we can ben­e­fit from th­ese games.

“We’ve just got to get back on track and stay to­gether.”

THOMAS NASH - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Perkiomen Val­ley quar­ter­back Cole Peter­lin (3) and wide re­ceiver Isa­iah Domine (6) cel­e­brate af­ter the pair con­nected on a 44-yard touch­down dur­ing the third quar­ter of Sat­ur­day’s game against In­ter­boro.

THOMAS NASH - DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Perkiomen Val­ley’s Isa­iah Domine pulls in a catch from quar­ter­back Cole Peter­lin Sat­ur­day.

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