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Upper Merion Area School District


Vikings Athletics

Upper Merion Area School District

Vikings Athletics

Upper Merion Area School District

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6 years ago @ 2:36AM

2004 District 1 Champions Honored

Championships are Forever!

The clock ticking inside of 5 seconds, Great Valley with the ball trailing 20-19, Junior Quarterback Anthony Parker-Boyd rolls out of the pocket to the far side of the field, looking for an open receiver.  He keeps the ball himself, and is brought down by Shane Frymoyer.  The clock reads zeros, and at long last, it is official.   The sights and sounds of November 19, 2004 will forever be immortalized in Upper Merion lore, but the long and winding road toward a District Championship began some 3-months prior, underneath the setting sun at Viking Field.

It was a season of new beginnings for the Vikings who were led by 1st year Head Coach Ed Helenski.   The season began against a familiar crosstown rival, the Norristown Eagles.  Upper Merion opened the season with two convincing wins before losing a heartbreaker to Quakertown.   Upper Merion began its league season with a string of victories over Wissahickon, Cheltenham in overtime thriller, and Upper Moreland, pitting them against Central Bucks West in a game to decide the league championship.

Upper Merion’s second loss of the year meant that one more would eliminate the Vikings from the postseason.  The Viking responded in a big way winning 28-20 on their homecoming and eventually finished the regular season at 8-2 clinching the 3rd seed in the District 1 playoffs.

A 1st round victory over Upper Perkiomen sent the Vikings to their 2nd District Championship game in 3 years but this one had a much different outcome as Upper Merion held off previously undefeated Great Valley to clinch their first ever District 1 Class AAA Championship. 

The senior leadership was pivotal to the success of the team as was the comradely of all the teammates.  The seen on the field and the celebration that followed at the high school that night in November, will remain a part of Upper Merion history, as will the entire 2004 Viking Football season, which produced the programs 1st ever District 1 Championship trophy in Football.




Opponent                                                                          Location   Score        Win/Loss


Norristown Area H.S.                                                          Home        28-14         Win

H.D. Woodson H.S.                                                             Home        36-14         Win

Quakertown H.S.                                                                 Home        15-21        Loss

Wissahickon H.S.                                                                Away         34-20         Win

Cheltenham H.S.                                                                 Home        36-35        Win

Upper Moreland H.S.                                                           Away         36-8           Win

Central Bucks West H.S.                                                      Away         12-42         Loss

Plymouth Whitemarsh H.S.                                                 Home        28-20         Win

Upper Dublin H.S.                                                               Away         41-12         Win

Methacton H.S.                                                                    Home        26-7           Win


PIAA District 1 AAA Playoff

Upper Perkiomen H.S.                                                          Away        40-14         Win


PIAA District 1 AAA Championship

Great Valley                                                                          Away         20-19         Win


PIAA State AAA Quaterfinals

Berwick H.S.                                                                         Away         16-47         Loss


COACHING STAFF:  Ed Helenski - Head Coach, Mike Fabrizio, Frank Karkoska, Brian Kennedy, Nick Rotondo Jr., Jim Sharkey, Eric Shrader, Brett Wolski

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