DOYLESTOWN — If you could somehow locate Mr. Peabody's wayback machine from the old "Bullwinkle and Rocky' cartoon show, you could zip back about 25 or 30 years and peek in on a Perkiomen Valley-Central Bucks West football game.
Chances are, the Bucks would be in mercy mode as they whipped the Vikings 50-something to 7, or some such lopsided score, as they competed for a Bux-Mont League title (remember, this was pre-playoffs).
My, how times and time travel have changed.
Friday night at historic War Memorial Field, PV and West played a lopsided laugher just like the old days.
Only somebody must have mixed up the uniforms.
Really, was that the guys in brown and orange loping into the halftime locker room with a 40-point lead en route to a 60-20 district quarterfinal win?
Yesiree, Bullwinkle, the Vikings were the big, bad bullies this time, dropping one big play after another on the Bucks defense.
Well, of PV's eight first half touchdowns (on a mere 30 plays), six were longer than 30 yards in distance and four were longer than 60.
PV quarterback Rasaan Stewart had a 73-yard run and an 85-yard kickoff return for scores. Stewart threw touchdown passes of 64, 47, 32 and 66 yards.
West was feeling pretty good about itself late in the first half, having scored a touchdown with 15 seconds left in the second quarter to temporarily negate the second half beginning with a running clock. Stewart ran back the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to ensure the mercy clock.
But how did this aberration happen?
Why were Stewart's receivers running downfield yards ahead of defenders?
Why were running back Mark Bonomo and Stewart running through holes, the size of which had not been seen since the tunnel was introduced to American roadways?
Why was this district playoff game so lopsided?
"They were playing man-to-man and they were up pretty tight on our receivers,' explained PV head coach Scott Reed after the Vikings had won two district playoff games in a season for the first time in program history. "We knew we were going to have to throw the ball.
"Their front seven is very good, so we needed the over-and-around-instead-of-through game plan.'
It worked to perfection in the first half, with Stewart looking off the coverage and finding both Dakota Clanagan and Clay Domine well behind the secondary for long scores.
"With their tight coverage, it was up to the receivers to run good routes,' Clanagan said, "and that's what we did.
"And Rasaan was making some great throws.'
Oh yes, as for the PV quarterback, he was thoroughly enjoying himself.
"Rasaan was on a different level tonight,' Reed said. "He thrives in this kind of environment, all of our guys were. This is what they've worked for all year.'
It won't get any easier for the Vikings, who will face another old Bux-Mont foe in North Penn in the district semis next week.
"But for one night, they were happy to celebrate turning back the clock, and turning the tables.
"All week we heard about CB West's tradition and how good they have been and what a great atmosphere it is in this stadium,' Clanagan said.
"But we weren't intimidated. We came to play.'
"This,' Reed told his team after the game, "was one of the greatest performances in Perkiomen Valley football history.'
No one, past or present, was arguing.