Football Falls in League Championship Game

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Host Perkiomen School capitalized on big plays and a stifling defense to defeat Mercersburg, 32-14, in the inaugural Keystone State Football League Championship Game November 2 in Pennsburg, Pa. The Blue Storm got touchdown runs from running back Jasper Dittmar ’21 and quarterback Campbell Prentiss ’20.

Tony Holden ran for three touchdowns and caught a TD pass for Perkiomen.

Mercersburg (5-3), which entered the title game leading the KSFL in scoring (33.1 points per game), was kept in check by a strong Panther defensive effort. Prentiss went over 1,000 yards passing for the season in the first quarter, which featured just six points, and they went to Perkiomen after the Panthers capitalized on an interception with Holden’s 70-yard touchdown scamper to give the hosts a 6-0 lead.

The Storm responded, however, as Adam Rappaport ’21 burst through on a Perk punt attempt in the second quarter, forcing a bad snap and recovering the ball on the 20-yard line. Three plays later, Dittmar took an option pitch from Prentiss and ran in for the touchdown. The duo hooked up again on the two-point conversion, with Dittmar again scoring for an 8-6 lead with 2:09 to play in the second quarter. Perkiomen came back with a drive that culminated in a 30-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Boyle to Holden with just 29 seconds left in the half (a Blue Storm defender slipped on the play). The Panthers led 12-8 at halftime (and, as it turned out, would not trail again).

Perkiomen (7-1) score the first 14 points of the second half to build a 26-8 lead before Prentiss drove the Storm down the field and scored on a 4-yard run with 9:57 to play to get within 26-14. Holden’s fourth TD of the day in the waning moments of the fourth quarter brought the score to its 32-14 final.

“We came up short today, but we took some major strides this year,” said first-year Mercersburg head coach Andy Brown after the contest. “I just want to thank our seniors for their commitment to our program and to our younger guys for buying into the process. We’ve established a solid base and we're moving forward.”

Prentiss’ touchdown was his 24th of the season, as the senior quarterback punctuated his final campaign by throwing for 16 touchdowns (against just 4 interceptions) and rushing for eight more. Dittmar’s performance at running back came after the first-year player started the season on the offensive line. He switched positions at midseason.