GRATERFORD — Perkiomen Valley's offense has been getting rave reviews this fall ... and rightly so.
The Vikings' potent, fast-paced attack ranks among the area leaders in its ability to post big numbers to the stat sheet and scoreboard, which it did so Friday against Owen J. Roberts. By the same token, the Perk Valley defense has offered a nice complement in its clamping down on opponents — which it also did, in a 49-0 romp over the Wildcats at Thomas J. Keenan Stadium.
While Rasaan Stewart, Dakota Clanagan, Mark Bonomo and company were ringing up touchdown after touchdown in the Pioneer Athletic Conference tilt, guys like Danny Light, Kurran Holland, Anthony Pachella and Austin Gansz were doing their part to get the "running clock' in operation for the last 16-plus minutes. The "D' held Owen J. Roberts to a combined 166 yards total offense, stopped the 'Cats on downs four times and left them empty on four trips into PV's end of the field.
It all served to get the Vikes (2-1 league, 3-1 overall) back on track after last week's 14-7 loss to Spring-Ford. On the defensive side, the search for improvement was very much on their minds.
"We came out strong,' Holland said. "Last week our defense was good, but the offense wasn't.'
"We can't have letdowns,' Light added.
Pachella, Gansz and Light got their names called numerous times for their play-stopping tackles. Gansz had a key fumble recovery that set up Holland for a six-yard TD run that ran PV's lead to 42 points within the two-minute mark of the third quarter, and Pachella sacked Owen J quarterback Mitch Bradford on the first play of the second quarter.
Several of two-way Vikings also figured in on the defensive side of play. Bonomo had another sack of Bradford from his linebacker slot, and Stewart got in on tackles out of the secondary.
"We know our offense can put up points,' Light said. "We got ripped at the half, and took out our anger on the field.'
PV started putting points on the board little more than four minutes into the game, Bonomo going up the middle on a six-yard run with 7:56 left. The Viking regulars expanded their 21-point halftime lead to 35 with 4:39 to go in the third quarter.
The Perk Valley scoring was capped as Stewart therw a pair of TD passes to Clanagan and ran 35 yards for another, while Ryan O'Donnell roared 18 yards up the middle for a score at the 8:32 mark of the second quarter.
"We try to go out every Friday and put out a good effort,' Perk Valley head coach Scott Reed said. "We want to do well. Last week stung for us.'
The Vikes showed no drop-off in potency when their second-teamers saw action at the end, either. Along with Holland's TD, David Williams (five carries, 36 yards) covered 22 of them on a jaunt around right end 4:35 before the final whistle.
"I'm glad our young kids came in and executed,' Reed said. "They did fairly well, mounting two scoring drives.'
One area where Reed sees need for improvement is in the penalty department. The Vikings were whistled 12 times for infractions covering 125 yards; in four instances, the penalties resulted in first downs for the Wildcats.
"Obviously, we have to work on the number of penalties,' Reed said. "The kids love to play football ... they're aggressive. But they have to be smart. In a big game, that could come back to haunt us.'
Wyatt Scott, with 54 yards on 26 carries out of the backfield, was one of the main contributors to the Owen J. Roberts offense. Bradford had a combined 82 yards, rushing five times for 19 and getting the rest on 5-for-13 passing.
"Any time you play Owen J. Roberts, your game plan has to be keeping the tailback in check,' Reed noted. "We did a nice job of that.'
On the Perk Valley side, Stewart figured in on 242 of his team's 434 yards of total offense. He rushed for a game-high 124 yards — a 42-yard run from scrimmage his longest — and completed seven of 13 passes for 118 yards.
Bonomo added 59 yards on eight carries in addition to being on the receiving end of Stewart passes totalling 83 yards. O'Donnell had 32 yards on five runs, and Clay Domine had two catches for 27 yards.
Among the reserves, Ronnie Arch ran four times for 57 yards while Williams covered 36 on five carries.
"We were just playing within ourselves,' Light said. "It's not extraordinary, the way we play football.'
"We're not done yet,' Holland added. "We're only going to get better.'
Owen J. Roberts attempted a gang-pack onsides kick to start the second half, but Pachella covered the ball at the Viking 48. ... PV played turnover-free football, recovering the lone fumble it committed.Follow Jeff Stover on Twitter at @MercuryXstover.
Owen J. Roberts 0 0 0 0 — 0
Perkiomen Valley 14 7 21 7 — 49
PV-Bonomo 6 run (Genuardi kick)
PV-Clanagan 6 pass from Stewart (Genuardi kick)
PV-O'Donnell 18 run (Genuardi kick)
PV-Stewart 35 run (Genuardi kick)
PV-Clanagan 3 pass from Stewart (Genuardi kick)
PV-Holland 6 run (Genuardi kick)
PV-Williams 22 run (Genuardi kick)
First Downs 10 16
Rushing yards 103 316
Passing yards 63 118
Total yards 166 434
Passes C-A-I 5-13-0 7-13-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards 6-38 12-125
Punts-Avg. 6-33.9 3-34.0
Owen J. Roberts: Scott, 26-54; Bradford, 5-19; Stewart, 6-9; Scherfel, 2-9; Kinckner, 3-6; Thomas, 1-5; Reitnour, 1-1.
Perkiomen Valley: Stewart, 8-124, 1 TD; Bonomo, 8-59, 1 TD; Arch, 4-57; Williams, 5-36, 1 TD; O'Donnell, 5-32, 1 TD; Holland, 2-8, 1 TD; Pagel, 2-0.
Owen J. Roberts: Bradford, 5-13-63.
Perkiomen Valley: Stewart, 7-13-118, 2 TDs.
Owen J. Roberts: Hinrichs, 2-4; Reitnour, 1-39; Marks, 1-12; LaBella, 1-8.
Perkiomen Valley: Bonomo, 2-83; Domine, 2-27; Clanagan, 2-8, 2 TDs; O'Donnell, 1-0.
Sacks: Owen J. Roberts-None. Perkiomen Valley-Pachella, Bonomo.