POTTSTOWN — Is there any way to stop Rasaan Stewart from taking over a football game?
Don Grinstead and his Pottstown High School coaching staff don't have an answer. Neither did the Trojans, who were torched by Perk Valley's senior quarterback and its fast-paced offense in a 41-7 loss to the Vikings Friday.
"If anybody figures it out, let me know,' Grinstead said in a fast-emptying Grigg Memorial Stadium. "He's a heck of a kid.'
And it was another heck of an effort by Stewart, who figured in on all but one of the touchdowns PV scored in this Pioneer Athletic Conference matchup. While his statistics were massive, the results the Vikings produced were, too.
Stewart ran for three touchdowns covering a combined 59 yards — roughly four-fifths of the 74 ground stripes he collected on nine carries. He threw for two more scores as part of a 5-for-8 passing night good for another 134 yards ... all in the first half.
Combined with a big-strike TD run from Ryan O'Donnell, and another stingy defensive effort, it enabled the Vikes (3-1 league, 4-1 overall) to make quick work of the Trojans (0-3, 0-5). Bringing the running clock into play five minutes into the third quarter, the game was over one minute before 9 p.m. — but not before the visitors got meaningful minutes of on-field time for their second-stringers, some of whom worked most of the second half.
"Obviously, it was a good night for him,' PV head coach Scott Reed said of Stewart, "but the team as a whole had a good night.'
Mark Bonomo came away with game rushing honors, his 17 carries for 80 yards a big chunk of the Vikings' 181-yard ground game. Behind Bonomo, Stewart and O'Donnell (38-yard carry), six other PV players got opportunities to run the ball a combined 14 times for another 27 yards.
Stewart's pass completions were evenly distributed among four receivers. The payoff pitches went to Clay Domine, a 62-yarder along the PV sideline in the opening minute of the second quarter, and to Dakota Clanagan for an 11-yard score inside the final minute of the first half.
And it was a near-shutdown effort for the Perkiomen Valley defense, which held Pottstown to 128 yards total offense — all of it on the ground — and one first down. The Trojans averted a shutout when Najee Johnson went on a 71-yard sprint to the end zone with 8:35 remaining.
"They all contributed,' Reed said. "The defense came up with another great effort. Pottstown is a team that's been putting a lot of offense out there. They've been outgaining their opponents a number of times.'
The Trojans had an edge on their guests in turnovers, losing just one fumble while the Vikes lost two of their five mishandles. Both Stewart and Pottstown quarterback Gary Wise threw interceptions, though neither set the stage for eventual scoring runs.
But Reed was cheered by his team's reduction in penalties from the previous week. After being whistled 12 times for 125 yards in their romp over Owen J. Roberts, the Vikings were assessed only three five-yard infractions against Pottstown.
"I'm proud of our lack of penalties,' he said. "We were working on that all week. I was proud we played hard, but kept our composure.'
The Perk Valley offense was at its quick-striking best, five of its touchdowns coming off possessions of six plays or less.
Two of them — Stewart's pass to Domine, O'Donnell's 36-yard run — came on the first play from scrimmage after the Trojans punted the ball away. Two others — Stewart's 29-yard run and pass to Clanagan — capped three-play series.
"In our offense, he (Stewart) takes every snap,' Reed said. "The quarterback has a lot of options. If he sees something and checks off at the line, we're good with it.'
The second half was virtually played under a running clock. With the second-half kickoff, the Vikings marched 70 yards in just under five minutes for a touchdown that, coupled with one of Domine's five successful conversion kicks, staked the visitors to a 41-point lead.
"These kids work to get in the games Friday nights,' Reed said, "and we work to get them in.'
Johnson ended up the Trojans' bright spot, finishing with a game-high 92 yards after his long TD run.
"He got it going last week against Phoenixville,' Grinstead said of Johnson. "He's running hard and started to get it going. We're proud of him.'
There were some uneasy moments for the PV faithful midway through the first quarter, when Stewart went down on a defensive play. But he returned after one three-and-out series by PV to score his second rushing touchdown with 1:09 left. "Everyone definitely took a deep breath there,' Reed said. ... Domine attempted a 37-yard field goal with 9:54 left in the game, but his kick went wide of the uprights.
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