Perry Central started strong, and quickly marched the ball down the field. Demetri Travis opened the series with a long return, and then set up the score with a 26-yard run. Travis capped the drive, as well, with a 2-yard run into the end zone. The conversion failed, giving the Commodores the 6-0 lead.
Sheldon Clark kept the ball on the ground during their first possession. The Cardinals picked apart the Commodore defense, and finished the drive with a 10-yard Kelly run to the end zone. They also missed the conversion, tying the score at six.
Perry Central immediately went back to work on offense. The Commodores mixed up their plays well, and quickly moved the ball down field. Demetri Travis closed the drive with another 2-yard run. Travis then hauled in the 2-pt. conversion to give the Commodores a 14-6 lead.
Neither team could find the handle on the ball in the second period as turnovers changed possession on several occasions. Sheldon Clark was able to take advantage of one of the Commodores’ turnovers, and punched the ball into the end zone (14-12).
Perry Central had a shot at the end zone at the closing of the half, but just ran out of the time. The Commodores went into the locker room with a 14-12 lead.
The third quarter belonged to the Cardinals as their ground attack ate up much of the clock, and the Commodore defense. Sheldon Clark scored a pair of touchdowns in the period, while holding the Commodores at bay. Going into the fourth quarter, Sheldon Clark held a 26-14 lead.
Perry Central opened the fourth quarter strong, and marched the ball quickly down the field. The Commodores closed the gap with a 41-yard pass play from Jordan Amis to Deron Amis. Jordan Amis then hit Demetri Travis with the 2-pt. conversion to pull Perry Central to within four at 26-22.
Sheldon Clark nearly ran out the clock with their next drive, taking it all the way to the 2-yard line. The Commodores’ defense held strong, forcing the Cardinals to hand over possession of the ball.
The Commodores were able to quickly move into Cardinal territory, but the clock soon became an extra defensive player. Perry Central had several good shots at the end zone, but could not get the winning play as time ran out. Sheldon Clark was able to hold on for the 26-22 win.
Perry Central stats
Passing: Jordan Amis 10 of 23 for 135 yards and 1 TD. Rushing: Jordan Amis 21 carries for 144 yards, Demetri Travis 15 carries for 104 yards and 2 TDs, and John Amis 2 carries for 8 yards. Receiving: Demetri Trais 6 catches for 58 yards, Josh Saylers 2 catches for 29 yards, Deron Amis 1 catch for 41 yards and 1 TD, and JR Robinson 1 catch for 7 yards. Defense: Matt Robinson 23 tackles and 1 caused fumble, Klay Maggard 10 tackles and 1 sack, Demetri Travis 5 tackles and 1 fumble recovery, Jordon Nichols 4 tackles, Cody Campbell 4 tackles and 1 caused fumble, Arlie Messer 4 tackles, John Sams 4 tackles, Josh Jones 3 tackles, Tyler Lowe 3 tackles, John Amis 3 tackles, Jacob Tucker 3 tacklse, Devin Turner 3 tackles, Chance Ashworth 2 tackles, Deron Amis 2 tackles, Jarrod Napier 2 tackles, Dillion Cornett 2 tackles, Josh Salyers 1 tackle, Sam Combs 1 tackle and Cody Hollon 1 tackle.