PENNSBURG — One team was looking to maintain a head of steam toward a possible postseason run.
The other was looking to put a positive finish on an otherwise downer of a regular season.
Those were the storylines Friday when Perkiomen Valley and Upper Perkiomen closed out their Pioneer Athletic Conference schedules. There was no rewriting of the scripts, either, as the Vikings rolled up a 28-7 victory on Upper Perkiomen at Indian Stadium.
With Rasaan Stewart throwing three touchdown passes, and Mark Bonomo running for another, the Vikings (7-2 league, 8-2 overall) closed out league play guaranteed to finish no lower than third place in the standings. Ranked 13th in District 1's Class AAAA coming in, they must now await the final calculating of the bracket to see what the following weekend will bring them.
"We'll always take a win,' PV head coach Scott Reed said afterward. "We'll look at it (game) and move forward.'
The Indians, conversely, were closing out their entire year — one that saw them come into Friday's finale with just one win to their credit. While that status didn't change, their ability to keep in reach of Perk Valley's trademark fast-pace attack for a good part of the night gave its head coach reason to smile at the end.
"I was pleased with our effort,' said Moyer, completing the second year of his second go-round heading the UP grid program. "We had some games this year where they could have, but the kids didn't hang their heads. I was very happy about that.'
On a night when Upper Perk honored the fall sports teams' senior athletes and their parents, the Indians got inspired performances from both 12th-graders and underclassmen alike.
Junior quarterback Perry Breyer completed 10-of-22 passes covering 191 yards. The biggest was a 69-yard strike to senior wideout Travis Kline — he had nine of Breyer's connections for 185 yards — that got UP on the scoreboard with 7:17 left.
Aidan Schaffer, another senior playing his final game for the Indians (1-8, 1-9), was again the workhorse of the ground game with 47 yards on 22 carries. Schaffer also had a fumble recovery on the defensive side, as did Kline and sophomore Mike Felix during a first half that saw the Vikes up only by a 14-point margin.
"I was pleased ... proud of our seniors,' Moyer said. "They worked their buns off tonight. It was a struggle all season, but they battled. I'm proud to have been associated with them.'
The spate of early turnovers hampered PV, two of them grinding deep drives into Upper Perk territory to a halt. But its defense countered with a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery, putting the brakes on two promising red-zone marches by the Indians.
"For our part, we were sloppy,' Reed said. "We can't be putting the ball on the turf. We've got to execute better.
"I give a lot of credit to Upper Perk. They came out on their Senior Night and gave us all we could handle. They were tough, they made plays and they had a good game plan.'
Stewart had a prolific ball-throwing night of his own, covering 249 yards on 17-for-22 accuracy. He hooked up with Clay Domine (seven catches, 104 yards) on back-to-back scoring strikes of 20 and 29 yards. A third TD hookup with Taiyir Wilson, good for 55 yards, closed out PV's scoring with 7:35 left.
Ryan O'Donnell (four catches, 53 yards) and Bonomo (three catches, 12 yards) were Stewart's other main targets through the airways. Bonomo complemented that effort with a game-high 135 yards rushing while Kurran Holland added another 95.
"Our kids did a good job attacking the football, and inside we ran hard,' Reed said. "The effort was there, but I think Upper Perk gave us a battle.'
Holland and Stewart had first-half interceptions of Breyer, the latter setting the stage for PV's second touchdown 49 seconds before the half. Sean Sedgwick's fumble recovery proved particularly damaging to UP, coming one play after it got to within two yards of the end zone with 8:13 left.
"We should have had another score,' Moyer said. "We had other opportunities, but we couldn't cash in. But I was pleased with the way we moved the ball.'
The Vikes' 500-plus yards total offense showed a fairly even split between the run (253) and pass (257). ... The first half was relatively penalty-free, Upper Perk drawing one five-yard whistle and PV none. ... It was announced the junior varsity teams' game, normally scheduled for Monday of the following week, will be played Saturday morning at Perk Valley.
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Perkiomen Valley 28
Upper Perkiomen 7
Perkiomen Valley 7 7 14 0 - 28
Upper Perkiomen 0 0 7 0 - 0
PV-Bonomo 5 run (Domine kick)
PV-Domine 20 pass from Stewart (Domine kick)
PV-Domine 29 pass from Stewart (Domine kick)
PV-Taylor 55 pass from Stewart (Domine kick)
UP-Kline 69 pass from Breyer (Godshall kick)
First Downs 22 11
Rushing yards 253 52
Passing yards 257 191
Total yards 510 243
Passes C-A-I 22-17-0 22-10-2
Fumbles-Lost 4-3 1-1
Penalties-Yards 4-22 5-25
Punts-Avg. 1-34.0 3-27.3
Perkiomen Valley: Bonomo, 19-135, 1 TD; Holland, 12-95; Stewart, 11-19; O'Donnell, 1-4.
Upper Perkiomen: Schaffer, 22-47; Godshall, 3-11; Felix, 3-7; Breyer, 3-(13).
Perkiomen Valley: Stewart, 17-22-257, 3 TDs.
Upper Perkiomen: Breyer, 10-22-191, 1 TD, 2 INTs.
Perkiomen Valley: Domine, 7-104, 2 TDs; O'Donnell, 4-53; Bonomo, 3-12; Wilson, 1-55, 1 TD; Philpot, 1-13; Holland, 1-12.
Upper Perkiomen: Kline, 9-185, 1 TD; Pirri, 1-6.
Interceptions: Perkiomen Valley-Holland, Stewart.
Sacks: Perkiomen Valley-Rotonda. Upper Perkiomen-Hovanec.