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Written by: Willie McGonigle on Sunday, August 29th, 2021
Perk Valley Stretches prior to their season opener vs Springfield-Delco
After having to deal with COVID 19 attendance restrictions in their inaugural season of their new stadium the Springfield Delaware County Cougars finally got to play in front of a capacity crowd. On Friday night the Cougars welcomed the Perkiomen Valley Vikings. Behind a 21-point second half the Vikings were able to come away with the 37-15 season opening victory.
Following a three and out on the game’s opening series the Cougars defense made the first big play of the season when Brian Layton stripped Ethan Kohler and Ethan Marshall recovered it returning it to the Vikings 49- yard line. On the very next play Jake Rama connected with Robby Longo on a screen for the seasons first score.
On the ensuing drive the Vikings offense drove all the way down to the Cougars 4-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. The Cougars momentum was shorted lived however has on the next play following the turnover on downs the Vikings defense made a play with Zach Schimpf intercepting Rama and returning it 23-yards to tie up the game at 7.
The Vikings would take the lead on their next drive when Kohler would break a few tackles on his way to a 22-yard touchdown giving the Vikings the 13-7 lead after the first quarter. On their next drive the Vikings tacked on to their lead with a 41-yard field goal by Ryan Klimek making it 16-7 at intermission.
The Vikings wasted little time extending their lead taking the opening possession of the second half down the field before Klimek would power his way in from 14-yards out. Making it 23-7.
The Cougars would cut the deficit down with a one-yard sneak from Rama. Rama would then connect with Nate Cain for the two-point conversion making it 23-15 at the end of three.
In the fourth quarter the Vikings would pull away from the Cougars thanks to a Kohler to Klimek touchdown pass from 21-yards and a 13-yard touchdown run by Kohler along with an interception by Carson Pascoe. Kohler would finish the game with 158 yards on 11-21 passing along with 73 yards on the ground. Klimek was the games leading rusher with 86-yards on 11 carries.
The Cougars will look to get into the win column on Thursday night when they host the Harriton Rams in the Central League opener. The Vikings will travel to Coatesville for a battle with the Red Raiders Friday night at 7 pm
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