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3 weeks ago @ 11:55AM

Football Preview Vs Perkiomen Valley






By Mark Schiele


OK, so here’s the deal. Perkiomen Valley likes to throw the football. And has had much success, with quarterback Cole Petellin at the helm and receiver Isaial Domine both atop the Pioneer Athletic Conference at their respective positions.


Joe Milligan’s Norristown Area High football team travels to Perk Valley Friday night for its second PAC game of the season. The Vikings are 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the PAC after last week’s 33-6 thrashing of Owen J. Roberts last week. The Vikings opened the season with losses to both Downingtown East and West, and have reeled off three straight wins over Pennrdige, Interboro and OJR last week.


Norristown, meanwhile is 1-4, with its lone victory coming over Plymouth Whitemarsh.


“Yes, Perk Valley is impressive,” Norristown head coach Milligan said. “They still might be one of the best teams in our area, and the conference.


“They are impressive. I really think they are better than Spring-Ford, and that’s nothing against Spring-Ford, who beat us last week.”


So now comes, what they say, is the “rub,” as the clash moves closer.


Perk Valley quarterback Cole Petellin left last week’s game on crutches after an apparent ankle injury. It’s unknown if he will play Friday night against the Eagles.


Petellin leads the PAC in passing, he threw three TD passes against OJR, and has 12 TD passes and 5 interceptions on the season. But his condition is unknown.


Milligan said his team is ready for any passing attack that might come.


“My kids answered the bell last week against Spring-Ford, even though we lost,” the coach said. “We forced Spring-Ford to go to their second and third receivers. Our secondary is up to the task.”


Perk Valley’s top receiver is Domine, who has 21 catches and 9 touchdowns on the season to lead the PAC.


As for Norristown, which will be forced to go with senior Danny Watson full-time at QB with sophomore Nick DiNolfi sidelined for the season due to injury, Milligan isn’t pushing the panic button.


Watson, more of a thrower than a runner, has been splitting time with DiNolfi. He is sixth in the PAC in passing, with 479 yards and 32-for-80 in passing. Norristown’s Christian Thomas leads the PAC in receptions with 22. He has compiled 319 yards and 4 touchdowns on the season.


Coming off the loss to Spring-Ford, the Eagles might have been devastated. But Milligan said his team kept its focus.


“It’s a first-year coaching staff,” he said. “But practice has been upbeat. We had a great practice (Wednesday). Especially on defense.”


On the other side of the ball, there have been limitations. First and second, is the weather.


“Since we are not on the turf all the time, it’s killing us,” Milligan said. “Our practice field is swamped. We can’t do a lot of things we want to do.”


The goal for this week is simple.


“We have to move the ball on offense,” the coach said. “We have to cut out our turnovers. We just have to come out and play, not give up big plays on defense. And play smart. I have confidence in these kids.”


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