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Tribe Gridders Dominate Kutztown
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2017-09-06

            On just their third offensive play, Tyler Keyser and Ryan Kendra made eye contact. With a quick nod from Kendra, lined up along the right sideline, Keyser

knew exactly where to go with the ball. When the Kutztown defensive back slipped, Kendra's fade route turned into an uncontested 38-yard touchdown catch.

            "I've made that throw to Ryan a hundred times," said Keyser, Upper Perkiomen's senior quarterback.

            The Indians starters displayed a relentless efficiency in a 47-12 non-league victory over Kutztown on Friday, Sept. 1. The offense reached the end zone on all six of its first-half possessions to invoke the mercy clock rule at Kutztown University. The defense registered two sacks and recovered one fumble while allowing the host Cougars just 194 total offensive yards.

"Right now, we're firing on all cylinders," Head Coach Tom Hontz said.

            During the second half, Upper Perkiomen's starters watched the team's second and third string units compete.

            Keyser threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third score, while running backs Tyrese Reid and William Klinger reached the end zone twice for the Indians (2-0), who opened the season with consecutive victories for the first time since 2009.

            According to Keyser, the community is paying attention to the team, which is averaging 44 points per game. He said he has received a handful of complements for the success.

"That means a lot to all of us," said Keyser, who attempted just four passes in the win over Kutztown.

            According to Hontz, the team is beginning to create a buzz in the valley. He described the strong start as crucial to allowing the Indians to return to the District One playoffs.  "We're in a good spot," he said.

            Five of Upper Perkiomen's first-half scoring drives lasted three plays or less. Kendra's TD catch three minutes into the first quarter opened the scoring. Less than four minutes later, Reid scored on a 12-yard run. 

            Early in the second quarter, Keyser reached the end zone on a 6-yard run. Kayleigh Durning, a member of the school's girls soccer team, converted the point after extend the lead to 21-0. Durning finished with three PATs in her debut as a place kicker.

Reid then raced 35-yards for a score to stake the Indians to a 27-0 lead less than four minutes into the second quarter.

            Later in the second, Austin Tutolo hauled in a seven-yard TD pass to extend the lead to 34-0.  Reid set up the score by running for 40 yards on four consecutive carries to open the drive.

Klinger's 18-yard scoring run on a toss play with less than a minute remaining in the second quarter, set up by linebacker Trevor Stephen's fumble recovery, capped the first-half scoring.

"We should score like this every week," Keyser said. "Our expectations are very high."

            Hontz credited Klinger, Jon Brown (a senior tight end and defensive end) and sophomore lineman Mark Naples for their solid individual performances.

            The coach told the players not to be complacent with their early success. He expects a challenge this week from Upper Moreland (2-0), which posted a 42-7 road victory Friday over host Phoenixville.

            "I'm already worried about Upper Moreland," Hontz said after the lopsided victory.

            A victory over the Bears would give Upper Perkiomen its first 3-0 start since 2006.


 

 

 

 

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