TOWAMENCIN - They're like "The Montefuscos' with a football storyline.
That 1970s television situation comedy revolved around an extended urban family gathering each week for Sunday dinner. It's a routine Scott Reed, head coach at Perkiomen Valley, has with brother-in-law Jeff Childs, an assistant on the North Penn grid staff of head coach Dick Beck.
But while the Montefuscos' fictional family squabbled about their various clashing personalities, the conversation between Reed and Childs centers on - what else - football.
"When we talk at the family dinners, it's mainly about the teams we played the past week,' Childs said. "When Scott played Central Bucks West last week, we talked about what happened when we played them.
"A lot of the conversations have been about the general things our teams do ... not specific.'
Suffice it to say, the brothers-in-law will have quite a bit to talk about at the next family gathering, their programs having met Friday in a District 1 Class AAAA semifinal at North Penn's Crawford Stadium. And Childs will undoubtably have a bit more on which to expound, by virtue of the Knights' 40-19 victory over the Vikings.
Scoring 30 unanswered points over little more than 24 minutes - all but three in the second half - North Penn negated PV's initial 19-10 advantage in the first time in 28 years the teams faced each other. The Knights (10-3) used that surge off an 0-3 start to propel themselves into next week's 1-AAAA title game against Neshaminy.
"It's not always how you start, but how you finish,' Childs said. "Every week, we've been getting better. When we came out at halftime and drove for a score, that was big. Our kids are getting experience every week.'
And Childs, in his multi-faceted assistant coaching position, helped impact North Penn's 10th straight victory of the 2013 season. His duties encompass overseeing the team's quarterbacks and middle linebackers, in addition to running the scout team against the Knights' starting alignments.
The results attested to his managerial efforts. NP quarterback Austin Shearer was 8-for-11 in passing for 171 yards, highlighted by a 68-yard touchdown toss to Nick Wright as time expired in the third quarter. The Knights' backers contributed to a defensive effort that made PV come up empty on four second-half possessions.
As for his third duty, well ...
"I was joking with Jeff about if he was trying to be like Rasaan Stewart, him running the scout team,' Reed said with a laugh.
Kidding aside, Reed enjoys the relationship the family's football practitioners have with each other.
"Sometimes, I think the won the lottery, having brothers-in-law on both sides who love football and sports,' he said. "Jeff and I have several things in common. We're both physical-education teachers, and we're both football coaches, so we don't run out of things to talk about.'
After the clash of their teams, the in-laws had plenty to say about their opponents ... much of it flattering.
"They (Knights) had a good game plan,' Reed said. "They kept us to 19 points and played well in the second half.
"I'll definitely be rooting for him and the team to go to states.'
On the other side, Childs praised the effort Stewart had behind center. PV's senior signal-caller covered 124 yards on 10-for-19 aerial accuracy, in addition to rushing for 183 yards and all three Viking touchdowns; the first, an 81-yard sprint, came just 18 seconds into the contest.
"He's unbelievable. I can see why he's a Division I recruit,' Childs said of Stewart. "The whole team is impressive. They have a lot of good athletes.'
The Knights received a similar share of praise from their assistant coach.
"That first drive of the second half, we took control of the game,' Childs recalled. "We covered five, six yards a play and scored. Coming out at the half, we took control of the game.'Follow Jeff Stover on Twitter at @MercuryXStover.