The Perry County Central Commodores hosted their first district game of the season this week as the Whitley County Colonels came to town. Although the Commodores’ defense was not stellar in the contest, it was timely. Perry Central came up with the key play at the beginning of the game, at the half, and at the end to pick up their first district win 56-42.
Whitley County took the opening kickoff, and was on the move when Ryan Miller jarred the ball loose, and Josh Jones recovered to set Perry Central up with their first offensive possession. The Commodores moved the ball well, and finished off the drive with a 1-yard Ryan Miller run. After the botched conversion, the Commodores held a 6-0 lead.
The Commodore defense continued to hold their ground on the next Colonel possession, and got the ball back in good field position. Again, Perry Central moved the ball well, and ended the series with a touchdown. Ryan Miller ran around the end for a 10-yard score. Jordan Amis then hit Eric Back for the conversion, giving the Commodores the 14-0 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Whitley County began to get their offense on track. The Colonels were able to break the goal line with a 5-yard run, but then failed to pick up the conversion (14-6).
The Commodores were able to move the ball effectively on the ground on their next possession, and ate up a considerable amount of clock. However, the drive stalled just outside the end zone. Perry Central elected to go for the field goal, maybe not. The Commodores faked the field goal, and Jordan Amis hooked up with Demetri Travis for a 15-yard touchdown (20-6).
Whitley County’s offense continued to break down the Commodore defense on their next possession. The Colonels concluded a long drive with a 13-yard run, and then picked up the conversion to put the score at 20-14.
Perry Central moved to midfield on the ensuing kickoff, and promptly went to work on another score. Slightly over a minute into the drive, Jordan Amis hit Demetri Travis on a 27-yard pass that end up in the end zone. Ryan Miller ran in the 2-pt. conversion, making the tally 28-14.
Whitley looked as if they would draw a little closer before the half as they marched the ball down the field quickly. However, just as the Colonels neared the goal line, Eric Back picked off a pass and returned it to the Whitley County red zone. Unfortunately, the Commodores were unable to pick up the score before the half as time ran out.
The offensive explosion continued in the third quarter as the two teams traded a pair of touchdowns. The Commodores’ pair came on Ryan Miller runs, the first was from 2-yards out, and the second from 3-yards. The Commodores went into the final period with a 40-28 advantage.
Whitley County scored the final touchdown of the third period, and used that momentum to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter. The first two touchdowns of the frame belonged to the Colonels. And before two minutes had elapsed off the clock, Perry Central found themselves down 40-42.
The Commodores did not stay down long as they took only 1:42 to march the length of the field for the go ahead touchdown. Ryan Miller scored his fifth touchdown of the night on a 2-yard run, and after Jordan Amis hooked up with Blaine Asher on the conversion, the Commodores had the 48-42 lead.
Whitley County kept the ball on the ground during their next possession, eating up large chunks of time with each snap. With a minute to go in the game, the Colonels broke into the end zone. However, a holding call brought the ball back.
The Commodore defense rose to the occasion, and preserved the win. John Amis picked up a sack to push the Colonels outside the red zone, and Josh Jones intercepted a pass to give the ball back to the Commodores.
The Commodores were content to run out the clock by keeping the ball on the ground. However, Ryan Miller was able to break through the Colonel defense for a 56-yard touchdown with 29 seconds remaining. Jordan Amis hit Demetri Travis for the 2-pt. conversion to set the final score at 56-42.
Perry Central stats
Rushing: Ryan Miller: 26 carries for 208 yards, 6 TDs and 1 2-pt. conversion, Jordan Amis: 14 carries for 56 yards, Demetri Travis: 5 carries for 38 yards, and John Amis: 1 carry for 4 yards. Passing: Jordan Amis: 11 of 19 for 164 yards and 2 TDs. Receiving: Demetri Travis: 6 catches for 78 yards and 2 TDs, Eric Back: 3 catches for 23 yards, and John Amis: 1 catch for 60 yards. Defense: Demetri Travis: 9 tackles, Blaine Asher: 9 tackles, Chris Miller: 9 tackles, John Amis: 8 tackles and 1 sack, Ryan Miller: 7 tackles and 1 fumble caused, Josh Jones: 5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery and 2 interceptions, Donald Baker: 5 tackles and 1 blocked extra-point, Justin Willis: 4 tackles, Chance Ashworth: 4 tackles, Eric Back: 2 tackles and 1 interception, Jordon Nichols: 1 tackle, David Napier: 1 tackle, John Deaton: 1 tackle, Corey Mullins: 1 tackle, Jordan Amis: 1 tackle, and Justin Robinson: 1 tackle.