Pottsgrove trips Perk Valley

Pottsgrove's Marquis Barefield picks up 44 yards against Perkiomen Valley. Barefield scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter as the Falcons won, 23-12.
Pottsgrove's Marquis Barefield picks up 44 yards against Perkiomen Valley. Barefield scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter as the Falcons won, 23-12. (STEVE M. FALK / Staff)
Posted: October 27, 2013

The numbers and letters on the large, rectangular digital scoreboard shined like a luminescent tease: "Time: 11:48. Ball on 43. 1st and 10."

Its glare was a stark contrast to the darkness that had consumed Thomas J. Keenan stadium. The overflow Perkiomen Valley crowd was eager to voice its support for its 7-1 Vikings, who were hosting 8-0 Pottsgrove in a game that could go a long way in deciding the Pioneer Athletic Conference title Friday night.

However, the stadium lights went off after the opening kickoff, sending the crowd into a temporary frenzy and delaying the game's start for 20 minutes. It was the first glitch in what turned out to be a defeating night for Perkiomen Valley.

Pottsgrove's shutdown corners frustrated the Vikings' talented wide receivers, and its three-headed backfield wore down the Vikings' defense in a 23-12 win.

The Falcons' senior backfield duo of Sene Polamalu and Marquis Barefield combined for 268 yards rushing and two touchdowns.

The win clinched at least a share of the PAC-10 title for Pottsgrove, which took the league title last year and has won 21 league games in a row. For the Falcons, the game against Perkiomen Valley was like their Super Bowl. So when the power went out, players took it in stride.

"It felt like the Super Bowl. That's what came to my head," Polamalu said. "But you know what you're here for. You just keep stretching, and you keep working."

The power glitch seemed to stop the momentum the Vikings had gained after returning the game's opening kickoff into Pottsgrove territory. The Perk Valley student section did its best to keep the home crowd ready during the power outage, but by the end of the 20-minute delay, most of the crowd was seated and huddling together in an attempt to stay warm in the cold darkness.

"Our kids were pretty focused," Falcons coach Rick Pennypacker said. "We've played in big games like this, and we thought that if we established some momentum we could get them. And I thought our kids did that."

Whatever the cause, the two teams were held scoreless and combined for five penalties in the first quarter. Polamalu opened the game's scoring with a 60-yard run on Pottsgrove's second play of the second quarter. The Falcons also scored on runs of 1 and 10 yards.

"I was just working hard," Polamalu said. "I never stopped and just tried to keep my feet moving."

Pottsgrove will host Boyertown (5-3) next week. With a win, the Falcons would win the PAC-10 outright.

"It [would] mean my heart," Polamalu said. "It means the world. It's my senior year. I need to go out with everything."

Pottsgrove 0 9 7 7 – 23

Perkiomen Valley 0 6 0 6 – 12

P: Sene Polamalu 60 run (kick failed)

PV: Rasaan Stewart 2 run (kick failed)

P: FG Jon Klinger 39

P: Jalen Mayes 1 run (Klinger kick)

P: Marquis Barefield 10 run (Klinger kick)

PV: Mark Bonomo 2 run (pass failed)


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