Perkiomen Valley’s Mark Bonomo runs to the end zone for a touchdown as Phoenixville’s Justin McDougal gives chase during Friday’s PAC-10
Perkiomen Valley's Mark Bonomo runs to the end zone for a touchdown as Phoenixville's Justin McDougal gives chase during Friday's PAC-10 football game. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

GRATERFORD — Perkiomen Valley coach Scott Reed is fond of telling his running backs what they do without the football is just as important as what they do with it.

Suffice it to say Mark Bonomo has heeded that call loud and clear.

Bonomo, a 5-foot-7, 170-pound senior who rushed for 1,000 yards a year ago, can do plenty of positive things when he touches the pigskin.

What goes unnoticed by a lot of folks, however, is the yeoman work Bonomo does in other areas, most notably blocking.

Those unselfish talents were on display Friday night, when Bonomo played a big part in Perkiomen Valley's 62-0 Pioneer Athletic Conference rout of visiting Phoenixville.

Perkiomen Valley quarterback Rasaan Stewart tries to break the tackle of Phoenixville’s Ian Brown during Friday’s PAC-10 football game in
Perkiomen Valley quarterback Rasaan Stewart tries to break the tackle of Phoenixville's Ian Brown during Friday's PAC-10 football game in Phoenixville. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

Bonomo rushed for all 93 of his yards, as well as two touchdowns, in the first half as the Vikings (4-1 PAC-10, 5-1 overall) opened a 42-0 lead.

His blocking also helped spring PV's stable of backs to a ground total of 366 yards and also aided quarterback Rasaan Stewart who threw for another 124 yards and two scores.

"As good as he is with the football, he really excels without the football,' Reed said of Bonomo. "That's just a testament to him as a team football player. He's integral in our pass protection. He's always looking to block the edge and block on power to help out his backs, the quarterback or receivers. He's a very selfless player and he does a nice job for us.'


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"I try to provide blocking, like setting the edge for Rock (Stewart),' Bonomo said. "When I get the ball, I just try to do the best I can to get first downs.'

Bonomo and the Vikings generated plenty of first downs — 21 of them, in fact — in emphatically halting the three-game winning streak of the Phantoms (3-1, 3-3).

Perkiomen Valley’s TJ Foley (34) and another Viking defender pursue Phoenixville’s Matt Palubinsky Friday. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)
Perkiomen Valley's TJ Foley (34) and another Viking defender pursue Phoenixville's Matt Palubinsky Friday. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

Stewart got the festivities started by scoring on a 10-yard scamper on a fourth-and-2 play with 8:37 left in the first quarter.

Bonomo followed with a 20-yard scoring run on the Vikings' next drive, then Stewart found Clay Domine for a 9-yard TD hookup to cap a 12-play drive and make it 21-0 less than two minutes into the second quarter.

But the Vikings were far from done.

On their next possession, Stewart found a wide-open Taiyir Wilson for a 40-yard scoring strike. Bonomo tacked on a 20-yard scoring run and Stewart delivered a highlight-reel 22-yard TD jaunt to make it 42-0 with 17 seconds left in the first half.

Phoenixville’s Rahim Beasley looks to get around the edge on a carry as Perkiomen Valley’s Anthony Pachella pursues during Friday’s
Phoenixville's Rahim Beasley looks to get around the edge on a carry as Perkiomen Valley's Anthony Pachella pursues during Friday's PAC-10 football game. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

"The thing that stands out about them is that there's not just one thing that stands out,' Phoenixville coach Bill Furlong said of the Vikings. "They're multi-faceted. They don't have one thing; they have everything. And that's a credit to Scott and that staff. They develop those guys over the course of time. They're no flash in the pan. I think you could take any one of those cogs out of that wheel, and the wheel would keep turning.'

That goes for the PV defense, as well.

Linebacker Austin Gansz collected a game-high seven tackles; Luke DiElsi and Sean Sedgewick had six apiece; Tom Jaworski and Danny Light had five each as the Vikings pitched their third shutout of the season. Perkiomen Valley limited the Phantoms to just 78 total yards (zero passing) in lowering its area-best scoring defense to 4.7 points per game.

Perk Valley’s Taiyir Wilson breaks away from Phoenixville’s Donnie Jackson after catching a pass during Friday’s PAC-10 football game.
Perk Valley's Taiyir Wilson breaks away from Phoenixville's Donnie Jackson after catching a pass during Friday's PAC-10 football game. (Photo by Barry Taglieber)

"Those kids are running around making plays,' said Reed. "A lot of them are physical and fast, and they're doing a nice job of running to the football and getting a lot of people to the point of attack.'

"We just try to keep being aggressive and keep hitting hard,' Gansz said. "We all love to play defense, and we take pride in the way we play. I give a ton of credit to our defensive line. Those guys up front really help us (linebackers), taking on blocks and giving us holes to fill. They do their job well, and we've been capitalizing on their work.'

Perkiomen Valley, which had to punt just once in eight possessions, got a 10-yard interception return touchdown from Dakota Clanagan in the third quarter and TD runs of 77 and 57, respectively, by reserves David Williams and T.J. Foley in the fourth quarter to round out the scoring.

"Our strength is our speed, and we've done a good job spreading the ball around,' said Bonomo, who increased his season rushing total to 431 yards. "That makes us more effective. If somebody has an off game, we have other guys to rely on. All those other guys work hard at practice, and they get opportunities and take advantage of them.'

One of the few bright spots for Phoenixville was the kick returning of Mackensie Thomas, who accumulated 97 yards on four returns. Rahim Beasley ran for a team-high 23 yards and Cole Luzins averaged 40.7 yards on seven punts.

"They were beating us at the line of scrimmage,' Furlong said. "We were losing the battle, and that's where it all starts in football. It kind of snowballed from there.'

 

NOTES

Kurran Holland also had an interception for Perkiomen Valley. ... Williams, a 5-9, 145-pound freshman, finished with a game-high 96 yards on four carries for PV, with Stewart rushing for 78 yards. ... Clanagan had a game-high four receptions. ... Safety Ian Brown notched a team-high six tackles for Phoenixville. ... PV kicker Matt Genuardi booted home eight straight extra points before the attempt went awry on the final TD.

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Perkiomen Valley 62

Phoenixville 0

Phoenixville 0 0 0 0 — 0

Perkiomen Valley 14 28 7 13 — 62

PV-Stewart 10 run (Genuardi kick)

PV-Bonomo 20 run (Genuardi kick)

PV-Domine 9 pass from Stewart (Genuardi kick)

PV-Wilson 40 pass from Stewart (Genuardi kick)

PV-Bonomo 20 run (Genuardi kick)

PV-Stewart 22 run (Genuardi kick)

PV-Clanagan 10 interception return (Genuardi kick)

PV-Williams 77 run (Genuardi kick)

PV-Foley 57 run (kick failed)

 

Team Statistics

Px PV

First Downs 4 21

Rushing yards 68 366

Passing yards 0 124

Total yards 68 490

Passes C-A-I 0-9-2 10-14-0

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0

Penalties-Yards 3-30 2-15

Punts-Avg. 7-40.7 1-48.0

 

Individual Statistics

Rushing

Phoenixville: Beasley 8-23, Davido 2-20, McDougal 6-17, Brown 2-10, Karkoska 8-4, Ciaverelli 2-3, Palubinsky 3-2, Erb 1-0, Branch 1-(-1),

Perkiomen Valley: Williams 4-96, 1 TD; Bonomo 10-93, 2 TDs; Stewart 10-78, 2 TDs; Foley 1-57, 1 TD; O'Donnell 3-21, Clanagan 1-13, Arch 4-9, Pagel 1-3, Team 1-(-4).

 

Passing

Phoenixville: Karkoska 0-7-0, 1 INT; Luzins 0-1-0, 1 INT, Brown 0-1-0.

Perkiomen Valley: Stewart 10-14-124, 2 TDS.

 

Receiving

Phoenixville: None.

Perkiomen Valley: Clangan 4-31, Domine 3-42, 1 TD; Wilson 2-47, 1 TD; Bonomo 1-4.

 

Interceptions: Perkiomen Valley-K.Holland, Clanagan.

Sacks: Phoenixville-Alati; Perkiomen Valley-Clanagan, Jaworski.