Football Now 3-0 After Win over Perkiomen
In the first of what could be three meetings between the teams this year, Mercersburg’s football team mixed efficiency with big plays on offense and tightened down on defense to limit Perkiomen’s own high-powered offense, as the Blue Storm defeated the Panthers 38-24 in a battle of Keystone State Football League unbeatens.
Caleb Newcomer ’23 opened the contest with a bang, taking a pitch from quarterback Luke Golumbic ’23 and racing 75 yards on the first play from scrimmage for the game's initial touchdown. Newcomer accounted for four of the Storm’s five scores on the day, rushing for 152 yards on just 10 attempts and catching a 23-yard touchdown pass from Golumbic as well.
Christian Jetter ’22 hauled in Golumbic’s other scoring strike, a 48-yard beauty that saw Jetter break two tackles to burst into the end zone. Golumbic was 4-of-7 passing on the day, for two touchdowns and one interception.
Mercersburg’s defense, led by linebackers Louis Concordia ’22 and Zeke Wadlington ’23, once again held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing and continually forced the Panthers into long yardage situations.
"We told our players that if we played within ourselves, we could be successful today," said Mercersburg head coach Andy Brown, whose team—for the first time this season—did not record a fumble. "We focused this week on cutting down our mental and physical errors, along with doing what we do best, and we saw results."
Statistically, this contest followed the pattern of Mercersburg’s other games, with the Blue Storm’s controlling ground game accounting for two-thirds of its total offensive yardage. The option oriented attack accumulated 310 yards (203 on the ground) on just 30 plays. Perkiomen’s only two losses in the KSFL’s short two-year history have come against Mercersburg.
Mercersburg (3–0) concludes an unusual four-game homestand when the Blue Storm hosts Valley Forge Military Academy Saturday, October 9, at 1 p.m. as part of the school’s Family Weekend festivities.