The Perry County Central Commodores concluded their 2006 preseason schedule on Friday by traveling to Hindman to take on Sheldon Clark. The Commodores took on their third physical team of the preseason, and hopefully came away prepared for the regular season which starts next Friday.
The scrimmage started with a couple of 10 down series. Sheldon Clark needed all ten of their plays to find the end zone, while Perry Central left their possession just a little short.
The two teams then went to working off first downs. Again, Sheldon Clark was able to find the end zone after a long drive. The Commodores did not need as many plays as Brandon Willis broke an 80-yard run for a touchdown early.
The rain began to fall hard at that point, with the field and the play getting sloppier each play. The Commodores had several bright spots on defense, and scored another touchdown on a long pass from John Amis to Demetri Travis.
After the game, Coach Bert Browne was able to break down his teams play. "Defensively, we need to run to the football and tackle better. We need to be more physical and tackle better. Offensively, we play a lot of young kids, and they need to execute better and take care of the football."
Coach Browne saw a lot of positive things on the field on Friday as well. "Our young kids got better as the scrimmage went along. They showed some enthusiasm and took coaching well. Now we need to put all the positives together and start driving the ball on offense, and making the other team punt with our defense."
Perry Central has played three very physical football teams, Lawrence County, Prestonsburg, and Sheldon Clark, in the preseason, and hopefully that will prepare them for a very demanding season. The Commodores play one of the toughest district schedules around, having to play such powerhouses as Rockcastle County, Bell County, Whitley County, Clay County and Madison Southern.
Perry Central will open their regular season on Friday with cross-town rivals, the Hazard Bulldogs.