DOYLESTOWN — The no-huddle Perkiomen Valley offense literally could not be stopped in the first half of Friday night's District 1-AAAA quarterfinal at Central Bucks West's War Memorial Stadium.
Seven possessions. Seven touchdowns. Oh, and they added in a long kickoff return for a touchdown as time expired, just for good measure.
All of that added up to an incredible 54 points and a 40-point lead after two quarters in an eventual 60-20 win that sends the Vikings into a semifinal next weekend at North Penn, a 31-21 winner over Pennsbury.
Perkiomen Valley quarterback Rasaan Stewart threw for four touchdowns, rushed for two more, and returned a kickoff 84 yards for a TD to end the half and set up a running clock for the rest of the night. Dakota Clanagan caught three of the scoring tosses, and added in one more catch to finish with 151 yards, while Clay Domine pulled in the other score as he also had four receptions for 100 yards. Mark Bonomo added 133 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns on 14 carries for the winners.
"I think we gave a little different dynamic,' Perk Valley coach Scott Reed said of his offense, which racked up 408 total yards before the intermission. "And our kids made plays and it started with the protection up front.'
"With our offense, we play spread with no huddle,' added Stewart, who passed for 268 yards and ran for 96. "It's hard for teams to adjust. In our league, it's taken teams three years to adjust. It's hard to adjust in one week. And we have a lot of athletes.'
The Perk Valley defense immediately served notice that it was going to be tough by dropping the Bucks for a five-yard loss on the night's first play from scrimmage, a one-yard loss on the second play, and forcing an incomplete pass on the third.
"Our defense always shows up,' said Stewart. "We take defense very seriously and the players take it seriously. We came out and did our jobs.'
"People underestimate our defense,' added Clanagan, who intercepted a pass in the second half. "We're small, but we're fast and we come to play.'
After forcing the punt on the first possession, Perk Valley (10-2) went right to work on offense and put together what turned out to its longest-lasting drive of the night, marching 75 yards on 16 plays, with Stewart running into the end zone from eight yards out with 4:07 left in the first quarter.
"In that first half, we were able to get big stops,' said Reed. "And we were able to move the ball after getting stops. Our first drive was very good. We worked for every one of those yards.'
C.B. West (9-3) came right back to tie with a four-play, 62-yard drive topped off by a 22-yard run by Marvin Todd (14 carries for 61 yards, all in the first half). But the hosts would not score again until John Fitz hit Mark Ciaudell with a four-yard scoring toss with four seconds remaining in the half.
In between, the 15th-seeded Vikings scored on just one play twice and two plays two other times. A wide-open Clanagan caught a 64-yard bomb from Stewart for a 14-7 lead with 4:59 left in the first quarter and a 47-yard throw about four minutes later for a 21-7 lead. Stewart also found Clanagan wide open on that play.
"Our offense ... no huddle ... fast-paced, and we practiced really hard this week,' said Clanagan. "They were playing man-to-man and I was able to make good moves. (Stewart) played well tonight.'
Bonomo broke off a 73-yard scoring run early in the second quarter and a 1-yard TD burst a few minutes later. Then Stewart sped 73 yards for a touchdown and hit Clanagan with a 32-yard scoring pass for a 48-7 advantage. The seventh-seeded Bucks came back with their touchdown, but Stewart put the lead back up to running-clock territory with his long kickoff return with 14 seconds left before the break.
Perkiomen Valley will now play on the road for the third straight week against 11th-seeded North Penn. But the Vikings are just happy to be playing another game.
"We realize not a lot of teams respect us,' said Stewart. "We like that. We come out and play like it's our last game. For our seniors, it could be. We come out with the mentalilty that we're not going to be beaten.'
"That's how we are,' Reed added. "Everything we do now is just icing on the cake. Our reward is to play more football on the biggest stage ... Quad-A high school football.'
Perkiomen Valley 60
Central Bucks West 20
Perkiomen Valley 21 33 0 6 — 60
Central Bucks West 7 7 6 0 — 20
PV-Stewart 8 run (Genuardi kick)
CBW-Todd 22 run (Miller kick)
PV-Clanagan 64 pass from Stewart (Genuardi kick)
PV-Clanagan 47 pass from Stewart (Genuardi kick)
PV-Bonomo 73 run (Genuardi kick)
PV-Bonomo 1 run (Genuardi kick)
PV-Stewart 73 run (kick failed)
PV-Clanagan 32 pass from Stewart (Genuardi kick)
CBW-Ciaudelli 4 pass from Fitz (Miller kick)
PV-Stewart 84 kickoff return (kick failed)
CBW-Ciaudelli 11 pass from Fitz (pass failed)
PV-Domine 67 pass from Stewart (kick failed)
First Downs 18 16
Rushing yards 264 121
Passing yards 268 140
Total yards 532 261
Passes C-A-I 10-21-1 13-24-1
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-1
Penalties-Yards 8-75 13-130
Punts-Avg. NONE 5-26.8
Perkiomen Valley: Bonomo, 14-133, 2 TDs; Stewart, 12-96, 2 TDs; O'Donnell, 6-35.
Central Bucks West: Todd, 14-61, 1 TD; Fitz, 16-43; Hudicka, 6-10; Sayres, 4-7.
Perkiomen Valley: Stewart, 10-21-268, 4 TDs; 1 INT.
Central Bucks West: Fitz, 13-24-140, 2 TDs, 1 INT.
Perkiomen Valley: Clanagan, 4-151, 3 TDs; Domine, 4-100, 1 TD; O'Donnell, 1-13; Bonomo, 1-4.
Central Bucks West: Ciaudelli, 4-79, 2 TDs; Rmos, 3-39; Kilkenny, 3-20; McCauley, 1-9; Sayres, 1-(-2); Hudicka, 1-(-5).