Special to The Mercury
NEWTOWN — Right from the start on Friday night, it was obvious that it was a whole new Perkiomen School football team compared to the one that had opened the season the week before. John Garrett ran for five yards on the first play from scrimmage and 11 more on the second. Then John Williams burst 52 yards for a touchdown and that set the pattern for the night.
The Perkiomen offensive line continued to open huge holes the rest of the way and the Panthers ran for 257 yards on just 23 carries in a 36-8 win at George School. Williams and Garrett each rushed for 111 yards on only three and five attempts, respectively, and each intercepted a pass. Williams scored three times – on two long runs and a fumble return.
The Panthers hadn’t done much on offense in a season-opening 23-0 loss at Tower Hill. But after a week of practice, they were ready to go.
“In practice, everybody was a lot more focused,” said Williams. “We came back as a team. John (Garrett) and I, as captains, let everybody know that we have to play hard and come out focused.”