Special to The Mercury
WILMINGTON, Del. — Perkiomen School sputtered at the outset, showed some signs of progress in the middle of the game, and then struggled at the end. That amounted to a 23-0 loss for the Panthers in their football season opener Friday night at Tower Hill School.
John Garrett ran for 45 yards on 12 carries, Isaiah Smith passed for 98 yards, and John Williams caught a pair of passes for a total of 33 yards for Perk School, which actually wound up with a 168-145 margin in total yards and a 9-6 edge in first downs. But the Panthers suffered from horrible field position throughout the night due to fumbles and a couple of short punts and sustained only one long drive, that coming in the final minutes. Will Mette rushed for 50 yards for the Hillers (1-1) in the non-league contest at DeGroat Field.
“In the beginning we came out slow and we picked it up through the game,” said Garrett, who also caught a pass good for 20 yards. “At the end, we fell apart.”
“Slow start,” said Panther coach Tom Calvario. “How we practice is how we play. We just didn’t play well.”