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)