Special to The Mercury
MIDDLETOWN, Del. — The Perkiomen School football team was well aware that Austin Tilghman was the man it had to stop in Friday afternoon’s season finale at St. Andrew’s School. But knowing it and doing it were two entirely different things as Tilghman ran for 335 yards and four touchdowns on 30 carries and also threw for a touchdown in a 35-14 win.
The Panthers (5-3) kept battling after giving up a touchdown on the game’s first possession and falling behind by a 14-0 score early in the second quarter. But three interceptions killed their comeback effort and Tilghman could not be stopped as in ran into the end zone from 23, 17, 63, and 1 yards. Seniors John Garrett and John Williams each scored a rushing touchdown for Perk School.
“He’s a beast,” Perk School coach Tom Calvario said concerning the 6-foot, 215-pound running back, who also played some quarterback after the Panthers began to slow him down a little bit in the second quarter. “He just runs. He’s not an elusive runner. He’s not a fast runner. He just totes the ball and his legs just never stop moving.
“And their offensive line ... he only needed a small little hole. He’s the difference right there. And their offensive line controlled our defensive line.”