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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 Position Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA Longest
Noah Segal-2111002255710000000000
Ryder Gehris-114000000000000000
Leo Egbe-00000133800000000000
Roman Marinello-0000054602600000000
Jon Myers-0000082600000000000
Luke Ordway-000000001801000000
Joe Slowik-000000000002000000
Brandon Shane-000000000001000000
Total 312140251167131404000000

Perkiomen Valley

Player Position Comp Att Yds TD Int. Rush Att. Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec. TD Sacks Def. Int XPM XPA FGM FGA Longest
Ethan KohlerQuarterback10141261011-1610000000000
Leo Hunsberger-00000519011500000000
Mason Thompson-00000332033400000000
Tyler Marshall-0000031700000000000
Jason Posner-000001-2012600000000
Ryan Klimek-000001-600000000000
Kevin Beattie-0000000034710000000
Dawson Debebe-000000002400000000
Dylan Crothers-000000000000100000
Nate Gey-000000000000100000
Gage Young-000000000002000000
Brayden Basile-000000000000020000
Total 101412610244411012612220000
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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