Perkiomen Valley football is back. This year the team is playing in front of a packed house for the first time in about a year.
Last year, the season was very different. Due to the ongoing pandemic, fans were limited. Now, they are excited to put that behind them and feed off the crowd’s energy once again.
“I would say it’s definitely exciting, we’re very fortunate to be able to play in front of such a great community with great turnout. After losing that last year and not being able to perform in front of such passionate fans, really makes us glad that we have such a great fanbase with a great environment,” said senior quarterback Ethan Kohler, who looks to lead the Vikings back to the PAC championship for the first time in two years.
The Vikings have not played in the PAC championship since 2019, and they are looking to get the crown back. So far the team has a record of 2-2 in non-league play, losing two heartbreakers to Coatesville and Manheim Central while defeating Downingtown West and Springfield. This tough, competitive non-league schedule has really got the team ready for once they begin playing against other teams in the PAC.
Coach Heist is confident in his team, as he thinks this team certainly has a chance to make history once again in the Valley.
“We are very pleased overall with where we stand after our very challenging non-league schedule. We were competitive in each game, and I believe we’ve improved in each game. We also believe that being battle-tested like that will serve us exceptionally well in our league play. Our number one goal is always winning the Liberty Division, and then the PAC championship, and we believe we have a football team capable of achieving that goal. That being said, we focus on going 1-0 each week, and giving our opponents the respect they deserve,” said Coach Heist.
Seniors team members have gone through many setbacks due to the whole COVID pandemic. They have not had a “normal year” since freshman year. As Coach Heist says, they’re very motivated, and will not want to waste their final opportunity to make history again at Perk Valley.
“This group is exceptional…they have endured unprecedented challenges, and have consistently risen to those challenges and persevered through much adversity. Our leadership is top-notch with this class of seniors. We are very excited to see what the rest of the fall has in store for our football team,” Heist said.
The football team now gets to play all of its PAC counterparts, including the first game which is this Friday at home against Spring-Ford.
The Rams have gotten the best of us the past couple of years, along with becoming the PAC champs for the past two years. The guys are ready to finally get their revenge on their rivals.
“We are very excited to finally get our opportunity to play them again, all the seniors besides Ethan Kohler have never truly experienced winning against Spring-Ford, and we are looking to finally change that this Friday. It has also given us extra motivation at practice to all get the right preparation to have our eyes on the prize, which is beating our rivals in our final game against them. This game is just one step closer to our main goal which is becoming PAC champs again, and hopefully even have high aspirations once districts come around,” said senior cornerback Zach Schimpf.
The game this Friday kicks off the Vikings PAC play at 7:00 PM in Thomas J. Keenan Stadium.