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Missed Opportunities Costly to Perkiomen
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Reporter
2016-10-26

Wyoming Seminary defenders tackle Perkiomen receiver Chandler Brooks during Perkiomen School's 15-10 loss Saturday. Brooks caught two passes for 53 yards. 

        Nick Guadarrama ripped the football from the grip of a Wyoming Seminary running back during the fourth quarter of Saturday's game, nearly stealing a victory for Perkiomen School. 

        The junior quarterback led the Panthers towards the opposing end zone, but his bid for the game-winning touchdown fell 1 yard short.

        Perkiomen School head coach Tom Calvario pointed to a series of missed opportunities in the 15-10 home loss.

        "For us, it was a case of 'iffa, coulda, woulda, shoulda,'" said Calvario, whose team committed five turnovers and had its three-game winning streak snapped.

        Three of those turnovers, including two interceptions thrown by Guadarrama, occurred inside the Knights' 10-yard line.

        Down 15-8, Guadarrama made a defensive impact, ripping the ball out of the hands of Dante Shanghie at the Panthers' 23-yard line. 

        "I saw that (Shanghie) wasn't holding the ball as tight as he could, so I ripped it out of his hands," said Guadarrama, who similarly ripped the ball from a Wyoming Seminary receiver on the initial drive of the game and ran 48 yards in the opposite direction. "I was trying to make something happen."

        On the drive, which started at Perkiomen School's 41-yard line, Guadarrama kept the ball on six plays. He rushed for 42 yards and also completed two passes. According to Calvario, the team called several quarterback draws. 

        "We wanted to put the ball in the hands of the player who could make the most impact," the coach said.

        A 26-yard pass to Josh Cruz pushed the ball to the Wyoming Seminary 10-yard line. But a 15-yard penalty against the Panthers (5-2) pushed them back to the 25-yard line.

        After Guadarrama ran for 12 yards on two carries, sandwiched between a 5-yard toss to Steve Ratigan, Calvario called a quarterback draw on fourth-and-goal from the 8-yard line. Draped by defenders, Guadarrama dove towards the end zone, but the officials determined his knee hit the ground at the 1-yard line before the ball crossed the goal line.

        "I got the ball across the line, but my knee hit first," the quarterback said. "I wish that would have happened the other way. I was hoping the referees would not see it that way."

        On the ensuing kickoff, Perkiomen School was awarded a safety when Jared Piatnik, lined up deep in punting formation and ran out of the end zone with 24 seconds remaining.

        The Panthers mounted three more offensive plays after receiving a free kick. Cruz caught a 16-yard pass before losing four yards on their final two plays.  "This was a close game," Guadarrama said. "We should have had it."

        Perkiomen School took an 8-0 lead late in the second quarter when Brooks hauled in an 8-yard touchdown catch. Guadarrama's run added the two-point conversion.

        Piatnik, the Blue Knights quarterback, rallied his team in the second half. He connected on 29-yard TD pass to Emmanual Breig midway through the third quarter, forcing an 8-8 tie. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Piatnik ran 30 yards untouched to the end zone to clinch his team's first win of the season.

        Calvario described Piatnik, who finished with 121 rushing yards on 24 carries, as a running back playing quarterback.

        The coach also described Wyoming Seminary as the Panthers' most physical opponent so far.  "Don't let their record fool you," Calvario said of the Blue Knights. "They have a very good team." 


 

 

 

 

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