Perkiomen Football Ends Season with Win Over St. Andrews
The Perkiomen football team ended its season in grand fashion last Friday getting touchdowns from five different players on its way to a 35-12 win over St. Andrews in the team’s season finale.
Patrick Scotto got the Panthers started with a 3-yard run that gave Perkiomen the early lead at 7-0.
St. Andrews would answer back when Garrison Hines hauled in a 36-yard pass from Ryan Bellissimo, but the Cardinals couldn’t convert on the two point conversion and Perkiomen maintained a one point lead at 7-6.
Perkiomen though would start to take control of the line of scrimmage and Tom Aaron found his way into the end zone with a 9-yard run that made the score 14-6 Perkiomen. The burst resulted in Aarons’ only touchdown of the game, but the Perkiomen junior would punish the visitor’s defense all afternoon as he finished the game with an impressive 152 yards rushing on 23 carries.
Perkiomen increased its lead to 21-6 in the second quarter when Grant Briddle posted the Panthers third score of the day on a run from 5 yards out.
With the Panthers running game in full swing there was little need for an aerial attack, but Panthers quarterback Scotto still made the most of his limited opportunities when he connected with Ja’Ren Hampton on a 45-yard touchdown near the end of the second quarter that made the score 28-6 Panthers.
Perkiomen attempted only four passes on the day completing two, both to Hampton, for a total of 63 yards.
If the touchdown by Hampton didn’t put the game out of reach the 7-yard burst by Isaiah Smith in the third quarter did. Smith who had nine carries for 50 yards on the day made the score 35-6 Panthers.
St. Andrew’s would score the last touchdown of the day when Bellissimo hit Hines again this time for 46 yards making the score 35-12 Panthers.
The Panthers defense had given the visitors all they had bargained for as they held the Cardinals to only 137 total yards on the day. Josh Cruz intercepted two passes for Perkiomen, and Derek Fosbenner picked off yet another. Perkiomen recovered an onside kick after the Aaron TD in the first quarter. The Panthers held an edge in first downs 21-9, and punted only once in the game. Tony Coleman recorded 1.5 sacks for the Perkiomen defense and Contreras added another.
“Tom Aaron ran the ball extremely well today,” said Perkiomen head coach Tom Calvario, but our O-line deserves a lot of the credit for that. They were able to open up holes for him to pick up those tough yards. It starts with the offensive and defensive lines, and we controlled both lines of scrimmage today.”
The win gives the Panthers a 4-4 record on the season.