Upper Perk wide receiver Travis Kline breaks out from the Perk Valley defense for a big gain in last week's game at Perk Valley.
Perkiomen Valley showed just exactly why it's one of the two unbeaten teams in the Pioneer Athletic Conference as it handled Upper Perkiomen, 47-14, in Graterford last Friday night.
The Indians (0-7, 0-8) were able to keep pace with the Vikings (7-0, 7-1) in the first quarter, but had a hard time holding on from there. Perk Valley led 19-7 after that first quarter, which Upper Perk got on the board thanks to a 21-yard scoring strike from Dylan Wesley to Ryan Harris.
From there, though, Perk Valley took over, scoring four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a commanding 47-7 lead at halftime. During that run, the Vikings scored on seven of its eight first-half possessions and racked up 375 total yards.
Upper Perk countered with the steady effort of running back Aidan Schaffer, who lugged the ball 30 times for 114 yards. Wesley, who added a one-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter, finished 9 of 20 for 76 yards and one score. Harris pulled in four catches for 43 yards and a score, and Travis Kline caught two passes for 23 yards.
Defensively, Upper Perk got a boost with an interception from senior linebacker Dan Heinrichs in PV territory. Justin Crossley and Mahlon Schaffer also notched sacks.
On the season, Schaffer is the PAC-10’s fourth leading rusher with 162 carries (tops in the league) for 789 yards and eight scores. Harris, Robbie Hinson and Kline are all in the top 30 in receiving yards.
The Tribe will look to rebound from the loss tomorrow night at home in a senior night game against Phoenixville. The Phantoms are 5-3 and coming off a 40-19 victory over Pope John Paul II last Saturday in Phoenixville.
In that victory, Phoenixville piled up 425 yards of total offense, 276 of which came on the ground. Quarterback Chris Demey was 9 of 10 for 149 and three scores, which were spread around to three different receivers.
Defensively, the Phantoms are very similar statistically to the Tribe as they allow an average of 337 total yards per game compared to the Indians’ 361 total yards. Their defense features one of the area’s highly touted linebackers in Ryan Yenchick.
Offensively speaking, the Phantoms have the league’s fifth best offense behind the heavy hitters of Perk Valley, Pottstown, Pottsgrove and Spring-Ford. Phoenixville averages 339 yards of total offense per game (compared to Upper Perk’s 236) behind the one-two punch of running backs Yenchick (122 carries, 757 yards, 12 TDs) and Justin McDougal (85 carries, 404 yards).
Quarterback Demey (52 of 93 for 796 yards, 9 TDs) has been efficient at times, with his favorite target being Ryan Pannella (19 receptions, 347 yards) and Yenchick (16 receptions, 255 yards).