Perkiomen School holds off Nativity
Green Wave come up short on pair of potential go-ahead drives in 38-35 loss
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.