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Defense drives Perkiomen Valley past Boyertown, 14-6

GRATERFORD >> Perkiomen Valley managed to get off just 12 offensive plays, gaining only 15 yards, in the first half Friday night against visiting Boyertown.

But the Vikings remained confident and quarterback Ethan Kohler threw for a touchdown and ran for another after that and the PV defense stopped the Bears at the 12-yard line in the final seconds for a 14-6 Pioneer Athletic Conference win at Thomas J. Keenan Stadium.

Kohler went 10-for-14 for 126 yards and Nathan Gey intercepted a pass for PV (3-1 PAC and overall) to wrap up the win. Quarterback Noah Segal rushed for 57 yards for the Bears (0-4, 0-4), who ran for 167 yards on 51 attempts.

Perk Valley trailed 6-0 at the half after the Bears drove 75 yards for their score in the final eight minutes of the second quarter.

“I think we honestly gained confidence,” Kohler said concerning his team’s turnaround after that. “I think we were trying to do too much in the first half. We played our game.”

The Vikings were forced to punt on the first possession after the half, but the PV defense also quickly stopped the Bears on their first try after the break and Stephen Ciaudelli set the Perk Valley offense up at the Boyertown 22 yard line with a 33-yard punt return.

Then Andrew Beck recorded a sack for the Bears, but Kohler hit Kevin Beattie with a 31-yard TD pass and Braydon Basile booted the extra point for a 7-6 advantage.

“We wanted to score on our first possession of the second half,” said Kohler. “We didn’t, but our defense was great tonight. We had perfect field position and we finished the drive. We just gained confidence at halftime. We were really calm.”

Then the hosts stopped the Bears on downs at the 16 and drove 84 yards from there as Kohler hit Jason Posner for 26 yards to the Bear seven and ran it into the end zone from there on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Boyertown eventually had one last try after stopping PV at the Bear 36 with 3:57 to play and took the ball all the way to the Viking 15 with the help of three 15-yard penalties. But Gey picked off a pass with seven seconds left.

The Bears’ score came on a 17-play drive that lasted 8:03 and culminated with a 3-yard run by Segal with seven seconds left until the half.

“That’s what we had to do,” said Boyertown coach. T.J. Miller. “No. 11 (Kohler) is one of the best quarterbacks in the state. Our offensive line came off. They fired. Three yards, three yards, three yards.”

The Bears held PV to 151 total yards for the night, 47 of them on three catches by Beattie and 66 total yards by Mason Thompson on three catches for 34 yards and three carries for 32.

“Our whole defense had a new motor tonight,” said Miller, whose team tacked up four sacks, two by Joe Slowik. “We just need to put more points up. Joey Dulin … we saw stuff out of Joey Dulin that we knew he had. He did a really great job on the outside.”

Roman Marinello was second for the Bears with 46 rushing yards, Leo Egbe ran for 38 and Jon Myers added 26 yards on the ground.

“Any time you come to PV, (head coach) Rob Heist does it right over here,” said Miller. “But we knew it was going to be a ballgame. One or two more plays and it’s a different game.”

But the Vikings came through with big plays on defense when they needed them, including two sacks by Gage Young and an interception by Dylan Crothers.

“Our linemen did a great job,” said Kohler. “And the defense played great all night. They won the game.”

Results

Team1234OTT
Boyertown060006
Perkiomen Valley0077014

Boyertown

Player Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA
Noah Segal211100225571000000000
Ryder Gehris11400000000000000
Leo Egbe0000013380000000000
Roman Marinello000005460260000000
Jon Myers000008260000000000
Luke Ordway00000000180100000
Joe Slowik00000000000200000
Brandon Shane00000000000100000
Total31214025116713140400000

Perkiomen Valley

Player Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA
Ethan Kohler10141261011-161000000000
Leo Hunsberger0000051901150000000
Mason Thompson0000033203340000000
Tyler Marshall000003170000000000
Jason Posner000001-201260000000
Ryan Klimek000001-60000000000
Kevin Beattie000000003471000000
Dawson Debebe00000000240000000
Dylan Crothers00000000000010000
Nate Gey00000000000010000
Gage Young00000000000200000
Brayden Basile00000000000002000
Total10141261024441101261222000
B-Segal 3 run (kick failed)
PV-Beattie 31 pass from Kohler (Basile kick)
PV-Kohler 7 run (Basile kick) 

			B	PV
First Downs	 	14	9
Yards Rushing	       167	25	
Yards Passing	       14	126	
Total Yards    	       181	151	
Passes C-A-I        3-12-2	10-14-0	
Fumbles        	       0-0	4-1
Penalties-Yds        4-28	8-85
Punts-Avg            3-39.3	4-34.5

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