Perkiomen Valley improves to 8-0 with 42-0 win over Phoenixville

PHOENIXVILLE >> Perkiomen Valley’s football team has a lot of weapons in its arsenal on offense, defense and on special teams. The Vikings can put all phases of the game together, and thus far they have done that each week to start the season.

Perkiomen Valley extended its winning streak to 7-0 in the Pioneer Athletic Conference with a 42-0 victory over host Phoenixville Friday on Play for the Cure Night at Washington Field.

The Vikings (8-0 overall) took a 7-0 lead after one period and pushed the margin to 29-0 by halftime. The Vikes then added their last 13 points during the third quarter.

Perkiomen Valley's Jon Rotonda tries to get an arm on Phoenixville quarterback Troy Rossman as Phoenixville's Jon Miller tries to hold his block Friday. (Barry Taglieber - For The Mercury)
Perkiomen Valley’s Jon Rotonda tries to get an arm on Phoenixville quarterback Troy Rossman as Phoenixville’s Jon Miller tries to hold his block Friday. (Barry Taglieber – For The Mercury)

Perkiomen Valley is a heavy threat both through the air and on the ground. The Vikings piled up 380 yards of total offense with a balanced 193 yards rushing and 187 yards passing.

Junior quarterback Stephen Sturm passed for 193 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 46 yards on just two keepers. Sturm connected with Aaron Morton for scoring bombs of 43 and 66 yards and hit another one of 25 yards to running back David Williams.

On the ground, Ronnie Arch gained 84 yards on 10 carries with one touchdown while Williams netted 43 yards and scored twice on runs of 3 and 4 yards. Williams scored the first Perkiomen Valley touchdown and he also scored the final Viking touchdown.

“I just made the most of opportunities when I had the ball,” said Morton, a junior wide receiver. “The run opens up the pass. We try to keep them on their heels so they don’t know what is coming.”
Perkiomen Valley coach Scott Reed was pleased with his team.

“For our kids, it was a tough evening,” said Reed. “Phoenixville had a game plan, and we didn’t really extend the lead until later. We have a good group of kids. They executed well and our defense played well.

“We settled down. Our kids did a nice job with a couple big plays – there were some big plays that kind of changed the momentum of the game. You change field position with big plays, and that always helps.”

Despite the final score, Phoenixville coach Even Breisblatt was proud of his players for their performance against an undefeated team that is tied for first place in the PAC-10 with Spring-Ford, a team the Vikings will face in a showdown in two weeks.

“I thought we had a game plan,” said Breisblatt. “Perk Valley looked a little frustrated. We wanted to run the football and control the clock. They (Vikings) have one of the best offenses I have seen in a long time. It is not like we didn’t have people there, but good players make good plays.”

“We moved the ball. We ran (Matt) Garcia. We gave Matt Palubinsky a rest tonight since he has been taking a pounding. (Quarterback) Troy (Rossman) completed some passes to Nasir and Matt. I am proud of our guys.”

Even though the Phantoms put up a good chunk of resistance, the Vikings’ quality won out.

“Their quarterback (Sturm) is one of the best in the state,” Breisblatt said. “They have good running backs and good receivers, and they are all young. They are a very good team. Scott (Reed) has an excellent team that should do well in the AAAA playoffs.”

Notes >> Perkiomen Valley’s defense got sacks from TJ Foley and Jon Rotonda and an interception from Matt Ford-Bey. … Phoenixville got an interception and 40-yard return from linebacker Kyle Bennick. … Among the defensive standouts for PV were linebackers Ryan Light, Ryan McCourt and Tim Nestor as well as Williams in the secondary. … Garrett Patla did the placekicking for the Vikings. … Phoenixville’s Miguel Ramirez attempted a 35-yard field goal in the fourth period that missed the mark.

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