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Guadarrama’s Perfect Performance Leads Perkiomen to Victory
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Reporter
2016-10-05

Perkiomen's Steve Ratigan races through a crowd of Nativity BVM defenders Friday night on his way to a 43-yard touchdown reception. The play helped Perkiomen School post a 38-0 victory in the night game played at the Upper Perk stadium.

                Nick Guadarrama calls basketball his favorite sport, but the Perkiomen School quarterback hasn't ruled out playing football in college.

                "I'm doing pretty well in football," he said. "I've gotten some looks from college coaches. We'll see what my heart wants."

                On Friday, the junior transfer from Connecticut performed flawlessly to lead Perkiomen School to a victory over Nativity BVM from Pottsville. He completed 11-of-11 passes for 300 yards and six touchdowns in the 38-0 victory under the lights at Upper Perkiomen High School.

                In August, Guadarrama told the New Britain Herald that the basketball and football coaches, as well the athletic director at Newington High School, tried to persuade him to stay. 

                "They were bringing up good reasons to stay, but I had to do what I thought was best," said Guadarrama, who also plays baseball. He added that the school's basketball coach is "pretty mad and disappointed."

                Newington's loss has been the Panthers' (3-1) gain.  The 6-foot-5 quarterback has allowed the team to become a pass-first offense. "I'm very happy for Nick," head coach Tom Calvario said. "He is a special kid. He did a great job."

                Throwing accurately from the pocket and on the run, Guadarrama delivered three touchdown passes 43-yards or longer. He posted two scoring throws each to running back Josh Cruz and tight end Aiden O'Brien. His throws included a combination of touch and zip.

                A personal foul penalty on a completion to Chandler Brooks late in the third quarter negated a seventh touchdown pass.  "I never had a game like this before," said Guadarrama, who also ran for 52 yards on eight carries.

                The quarterback led Perkiomen School to the end zone on its initial five possessions. Guadarrama said he threw the ball to whichever receiver was open.

                Josh Cruz finished with four catches for 69 yards. Steve Ratigan caught two passes for 66 yards.  "All of our receivers can catch the ball and make plays," the quarterback said.

                Guadarrama's TD tosses came on a variety of routes, including a post, flag and a flair to Ratigan in the left flat. The senior running back caught the pass and raced 43 yards to the end zone.  "We've been telling Nick all year to throw the ball five yards, and let the receiver run 95 yards," Calvario said.

                By the second week of pre-season practice, Guadarrama felt comfortable with his new teammates. He said the transition was relatively easy.  "I made friends on the team quickly," Guadarrama said. "They are a great bunch of guys."

                Perkiomen School's defense set the table for its offense. The unit, which forced three turnovers, allowed just 206 yards from scrimmage and 10 first downs.

                Cruz and Brooks each recovered a fumble, while Cruz and O'Brien each registered a quarterback sack.

                "Nativity BVM is a good team," Calvario said. "Are we 38 points better than them? Probably not."


 

 

 

 

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