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Positive Attitude Helps Perkiomen Beat Nativity BVM
Written by Bradley Schlegel Correspondent

Perkiomen senior Tom Aaron breaks free of the Nativity BVM defense to gain some positive yardage in Saturday's home game which the team won, 49-7.

        Tom Calvario watched the first play Saturday, a long touchdown allowed by the Perkiomen School defense, in disbelief.  He said blown coverage allowed Nativity BVM to take an early lead.

        The Green Wave lined up with three receivers to the right and Jeff Yordy to the left. Yordy caught a 62-yard pass on a fly pattern down the sideline, and ran untouched into the end zone.

        "Our defensive back never turned his hips," Calvario said.

        However, the play couldn't deter the Panthers, who posted a 49-7 win. Maintaining the positive mindset played a major role in the victory, according to Calvario. 

        "The one thing I preached all week was that the proper attitude could determine the outcome of the game," the coach said.

        Perkiomen School's players appeared to take those words to heart in their second consecutive victory. The offense finished with 16 first downs and 358 total yards. The defense held the Green Wave to six first downs and 147 total yards.

        "All our hard work is definitely paying off," said Ja'Ren Hampton.  A junior, Hampton accounted for eight points during a 28-point flurry for the Panthers (3-1). He hauled in a 48-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brett Ciocari, then caught another pass on the ensuing two-point conversion.

        On the TD pass, a fade pattern down the right sideline, Hampton out jumped a much shorter defensive back to corral the pass from quarterback Brett Ciocari.  Hampton credited the efforts of the quarterback and the offensive line for his success. Calvario said he expects to utilize Hampton similarly in the immediate future.

        Hampton impacted Perkiomen School's defense and special teams, as well. He registered a sack and a blocked punt in the first half, respectively, to help the team build a 42-7 halftime advantage and invoke the running clock.

        The Panthers' offense dominated the line of scrimmage, allowing David Juechter and Josh Cruz to run for more than 100 yards and score two touchdowns.

        Juechter, who averaged 8.61 yards a carry, posted a team-high 112 yards. Cruz finished with 110 yards, accounting for a 10-yard average.

        Ciocari completed just 2-of-2 passes for 71 yards, including a 23-yard toss to Cruz late in the second quarter.  Perkiomen School's defense limited the Green Wave to five first downs and 85 total yards after the first snap.

        Hamilton's sack, midway through the second quarter, set up his touchdown catch.

        The unit forced Nativity quarterback Domonic Piccioni into completing just 5-of-18 passes for 89 yards.  Perkiomen School sophomore Marlon Lindsey added a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown during the team's second quarter outburst.

        The Panthers will be looking for their third straight victory Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in a home game against Pennington (N.J.) School. Calvario said his team will be challenged.

        The Red Raiders (2-2), who lost 31-15 on Saturday to Montclair Kimberley Academy, feature a female placekicker.

        Sabrina Tucci, a junior, converted a point-after touchdown in the loss for Pennington School.  Marcellus Morris caught an 11-yard touchdown pass for the Red Raiders. Brandon Gosling added a one-yard touchdown run.

        Pennington quarterback Greg Oldsey completed 7 of 19 passes for 62 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.






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