BOYERTOWN — Perkiomen Valley was quickly down by six points after Boyertown marched 67 yards on 13 plays to begin Friday night's Pioneer Athletic Conference contest at Memorial Stadium. Then the Vikings turned the ball over on downs at the Bear 10 yard line on their first try.
Six offensive possessions later, Perk Valley had put six touchdowns on the board for a 35-point halftime lead on the way to a 48-6 rout, setting up a battle for first place next week against league leader Pottsgrove.
Senior quarterback Rasaan Stewart ran for two touchdowns and passed for another two to Dakota Clanagan and Mark Bonomo scored twice on runs as the Vikings (6-1, 7-1) racked up 521 total yards. For Boyertown, running back Cody Richmond ran for 96 yards and quarterback Griffin Pasik threw for 147 for the Bears (4-3, 5-3).
Boyertown advanced into PV territory on its opening drive on running plays by Richmond and Pasik and a nine-yard pass to Nick Brough. Then Pasik hit Tyler Zilen (five catches for 114 yards) for a 26-yard gain to the 10 and Richmond ran into the end zone from one yard out on a 4th-and-goal play. But all that seemed to accomplish was to just get the Vikings — who had allowed an average of only four points per game coming in — even more fired up.
"When they scored first, it got to us a little bit,' said Clanagan. "We were determined to not let that happen again. We wanted to show them what our defense was all about.'
"It was almost like we scored,' Perk Valley coach Scott Reed said concerning his team's excitement level after the Bear touchdown. "They were excited. They were excited about a challenge right off the bat.'
The Vikings proceeded to stop the Bears on downs once, force four punts, and recover a fumble the rest of the half while allowing just 128 more yards.
Stewart thought that the defense was also motivated by Boyertown's gaudy offensive numbers coming into the night that included an average of 37.6 points per outing, league-leading stats by several players, and over 600 total yards the week before.
"Everyone stepped up,' he said. "We saw that as a challenge and we stepped up and played. We saw the stats. We wanted to come here and show them.'
Meanwhile, the Viking offense was unstoppable the rest of the half. Bonomo scored on a 56-yard burst for a 7-6 advantage with 1:53 left in the opening quarter. Then Stewart ran 29 yards up the middle for a score, passed 15 yards to Clanagan for a TD, and rushed in from 15 yards out.
A one-yard run by Bonomo made it 34-6 and Stewart set up a running clock for the entire second half when he hit Clanagan deep down the middle on a 73-yard scoring strike with 1:21 to go until the intermission.
"We execute as much as we can and we have a lot of great athletes who make a lot of great plays,' said Clanagan, whose team amassed 420 yards by halftime.
The Bears hurt themselves with a couple of 15-yard penalties along the way in addition to the fumble. But it was the Vikings' speed and big plays that really did them in.
"We had some breakdowns, whether it was a penalty or a missed block,' said Boyertown coach Mark Scisly. "We were hoping to try to control the ball and get four or five yards every time. We knew what a big play potential they had. It was them being better than us athletically. Sometimes our guys were in position to make the play and just couldn't keep up with them.
"We don't match up well with them. They're a good team. They're the best team we've seen all year talent-wise and the best team we will see talent-wise.'
All the while the intensity level on the Viking sideline was high from start to finish.
"Our team has a lot of energy,' said Stewart. "We love the game. We play with a lot of passion.'
"We're a hyped team,' Clanagan added. "We bring a lot of intensity.'
Now the Vikings hope that they can carry the momentum into next Friday when they host undefeated Pottsgrove.
"We were just focused,' said Stewart. "We knew this was a big game. We're just trying to get everything crisp for next week.'
"It's as big as they get this week,' Reed added.
Perkiomen Valley 48
Perkiomen Valley 14 27 7 0 — 48
Boyertown 6 0 0 0 — 6
B-Richmond 1 run (kick failed)
PV-Bonomo 56 run (Domine kick)
PV-Stewart 29 run (Domine kick)
PV-Clanagan 15 pass from Stewart (Domine kick)
PV-Stewart 16 run (kick failed)
PV-Bonomo 1 run (Domine kick)
PV-Clanagan 73 pass from Stewart (Domine kick)
PV-O'Donnell 7 run (Domine kick)
First Downs 22 13
Rushing yards 320 140
Passing yards 201 147
Total yards 521 287
Passes C-A-I 7-14-0 10-24-0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-2
Penalties-Yards 4-30 6-68
Punts-Avg. 1-29 5-35.6
Perkiomen Valley: Bonomo 11-135, 2 TD's; Stewart 15-133, 2 TD's; O'Donnell 4-29, 1 TD; Holland 3-15, Pagel 3-5, Clanagan 3-3, Arch 3-2, Williams 3-(-2).
Boyertown: Richmond 20-96, 1 TD; Pasik 17-44.
Perkiomen Valley: Stewart 7-13-201, 2 TD's; Clanagan 0-1.
Boyertown: Pasik 10-24-147.
Perkiomen Valley: Clanagan 5-131, 2 TD's; Domine 2-70.
Boyertown: Zilen 5-114, Brough 2-25, E Heller 1-12, Richmond 2-(-4).