On Friday night at No. 2 Perkiomen Valley, for the sixth time in the last nine weeks, No. 11 CB West held an opponent to 14 or fewer points.
And the stellar defense earned the Bucks (9-4) a berth in Friday’s District One title game at No. 1 Garnet Valley. West outslugged Perk Valley 14-13 in a semifinal defensive heavyweight fight.
West struck first in the second quarter with Jack Williams’ pick six. The Vikings exploited short fields and took a 13-7 lead into halftime.
But details matter this deep in playoffs, and a Perk Valley muffed PAT may have cost the Vikings the game. Ganz Cooper sneaked into the end zone with 2:41 left in the third to give West a 14-13 lead. West punted late in the fourth quarter, but Perk Valley fumbled it and West recovered, which let the Bucks salt the game away.
The district final is a rematch of Opening Night. Garnet Valley beat West 14-7, but in football terms, a late August game was ages ago.
West beat North Penn 44-35 the prior week behind Eli Boehm’s 324 rushing yards. One week after winning a shootout, the Bucks proved they could also win a defensive duel.