Tampico Athlete of Week: Perkiomen Valley QB Ethan Kohler

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Athlete: Ethan Kohler

School: Perkiomen Valley

Sport: Football

The week that was: Kohler finished the abbreviated 2020 football season with a flourish, guiding the Vikings to a comeback 35-28 victory over nonleague foe Quakertown Friday night.

The junior quarterback hit 12 of 21 passes for 208 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Perk Valley overcame a 28-14 deficit with 21 unanswered points in the second half, wrapping up a solid 6-2 campaign on a high note.

Saving his best for last, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Kohler connected with Leo Hunsberger on a 20-yard TD pass to forge a 28-28 tie before hooking up with Jason Posner on a decisive 22-yard scoring strike in the fourth quarter to seal the deal.

Following his normal M.O., Kohler didn’t throw a pick and spread the ball around Friday night with completions to five different players including Kevin Beattie (3 receptions, 84 yards), Hunsberger (2-60), Posner (3-40), Rasheem Grayson (3-20) and Mason Thompson (1-4).

While Beattie, Posner and Thompson are departing seniors, Kohler will have Hunsberger, Grayson and Dawson Debebe (8 catches, 184 yards, 3 TDs for season) all returning next year.

Kohler splashed upon the PAC football scene as a freshman in 2018 when he orchestrated a 27-20 comeback victory over Spring-Ford that locked up a third straight PAC Liberty Division title for the Vikings.

Coming on a relief of injured starting QB Cole Peterlin, Kohler helped PV overcome a 17-point second-half deficit by running for a 6-yard TD and hitting Isaiah Domine with a 27-yard scoring strike during a 21-0 fourth-quarter run that featured three touchdown drives under his direction.

As the full-time starter in 2019, Kohler threw for 2249 yards and 21 TDs against 6 interceptions to compile a 108.8 QB rating. In eight games this season, the junior threw for 1425 yards and 16 TDs against just one pick to finish with an area-best 126.4 QB rating.

“The big thing was getting games in,” Kohler said in papreplive.com following the win over Quakertown. “We were fortunate to have as many games as we did.”