On Friday, the Perry County Central Commodore football team hosted the Harlan County Black Bears in the final district game of the season. Both teams came into the contest with a 2-6 record, and needed the win to make the playoffs. The Commodores started with a strong drive that ended with a Jayden Neace touchdown run (7-0). The Black Bears countered with a long drive of their own, but could not complete the conversion (7-6). The back and forth continued as Perry Central ended a drive with a Jacob Woolum touchdown run that put the Commodores up 13-6. A strong defensive play set up another Perry Central drive (finished by Neace), giving them the 20-6 lead. The two teams traded touchdowns in the final minutes of the second period (Woolum picked up his second rushing touchdown). Perry Central went into the break with the 27-12 advantage. The Black Bears created points early in the second half as they were able to take advantage of a couple of Commodore miscues. Before Perry Central could readjust, Harlan County had grabbed the lead. At that point, the two teams began to trade touchdowns (Neace and Woolum each collected another rushing touchdown), and going into the final period, Perry Central was down a score. Perry Central kept the game in reach early in the fourth quarter as Noah Back caught a pass from 6-yards out. However, the Commodores ran out of steam late, allowing Harlan County to pull away for the 74-49 win. Jayden Neace and Jacob Woolum combined for 450 rushing yards, while the Commodore defense held the Black Bears to just 196. The big difference in the game came in the passing game. Perry Central tallied just 28 yards while Harlan County went for 317 yards.
By Tony McGuire - [email protected]
Photos by Tony McGuire | Hazard Herald Perry Central’s Jordan Feltner turns the corner on the Harlan County defense.
Perry Central running back Jayden Neace runs over the Harlan County defense for some extra yards. Neace had 305 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns in the game.
Perry Central quarterback Jacob Woolum dives over the line for one of his 3 touchdowns on the night.