Perkiomen School holds off Na­tiv­ity

Green Wave come up short on pair of po­ten­tial go-ahead drives in 38-35 loss

The Republican Herald - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL - by John o’con­noR CoresPon­dent

SAINT CLAIR — Perkiomen School foot­ball coach Tom Cal­vario said his team es­caped with a 38-35 non­league vic­tory over Na­tiv­ity on Fri­day night at Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial Sta­dium.

He had good rea­son to feel that way.

The Green Wave were on the verge of putting a goa­head score on the board twice late in the fourth quar­ter only to be thwarted by a turnover on a fum­ble and on an of­fen­sive pass in­ter­fer­ence penalty that nul­li­fied a touch­down.

Af­ter that, the Pan­thers were able to run out the clock af­ter a po­ten­tial touch­down pass from Ryan Mc­Don­ald to Ralph Muldrow was called back be­cause of the penalty.

“Don’t ask me how we won that game, be­cause I don’t know how we did it,” Cal­vario said. “They (Na­tiv­ity) ran the ball and ran the ball. But our play­ers did things in the game that you just can’t teach.”

Na­tiv­ity pro­duced 291 rush­ing yards in a los­ing ef­fort as two rush­ers went over 100 yards.

Muldrow rushed for 122 yards, in­clud­ing touch­down runs of 15 and 31 yards, while Ryan Schref­fler gained 100 yards and scored on a touch­down re­cep­tion.

But Perkiomen School was sparked by two kick­off re­turns that went for touch­downs. It also had the pass­ing of quar­ter­back Nick Guadar­rama, who threw for 322 yards and four TDs.

The Pan­thers scored on the open­ing kick­off when Na­tiv­ity tried on an on­side kick only to have Reg­gie James pick the ball clean and run 60 yards for a 6-0 lead.

Na­tiv­ity coach Pat Ma­son said he knew Perkiomen School had dan­ger­ous re­turn men on kick­offs and that was the rea­son he tried an on­side kick at the out­set.

“We wanted to keep it out off their hands be­cause we saw some stuff on film,” Ma­son said. “They were back­ing off the ball a lot and we thought we could catch them with one. Ob­vi­ously we were wrong about that.”

Na­tiv­ity an­swered on the next pos­ses­sion when Schref­fler caught a 4-yard scor­ing pass from Sin­cere Walker to take its only lead of the game at 7-6.

Perkiomen School an­swered with a pair of touch­down passes by Guadar­rama, 64 yards to Matt Tucker and 34 yards to James, to take a 20-7 lead.

Later in the quar­ter, Muldrow scored on 15-yard run to cut Perkiomen School’s lead to 20-14.

How­ever, Bryce Noel re­turned the en­su­ing kick­off 80 yards for a score, and Perkiomen School took a 32-14 lead when Guadar­rama threw a 72-yard strike to David Smith.

“We played from be­hind for a lot of the game,” Ma­son said. “But our kids fought and we played hard, but we had turnovers and penal­ties that hurt us.”

Na­tiv­ity pulled off a key de­fen­sive play right be­fore half­time to stay in the game when Ryan Mc­Don­ald re­turned an in­ter­cep­tion 99 yards for a touch­down to cut Perkiomen School’s lead to 32-21 at half­time.

The Green Wave pulled to within three points of the lead at 38-35 with two thirdquar­ter touch­downs on a 1-yard scor­ing run by Mc­Don­ald and a 31-yard touch­down run by Muldrow, but couldn’t get the go-ahead score.

But Na­tiv­ity also had 105 yards in penal­ties, in­clud­ing one that nul­li­fied a po­ten­tial game-win­ning touch­down.

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