The Perry County Central Commodores went on the road this past Friday to take on the Johnson Central Eagles, a team that fields one of the state's best running backs in J. J. Jude, while the Commodores possess one of the state's best linebackers in Matt Robinson. Only one team, and one player would leave the field with a victory.
Johnson Central's opening drive chewed up massive amounts of ground, and soon put them deep in the Perry Central red zone. The Eagles drew first blood with a 2-yard run, and after the extra-point, they held the 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing drive, Perry Central went straight to work. Kyle Huff hit Darryl Beatty on a short route, and Beatty turned it into an 81-yard touchdown run. The extra-point was muffed, but Austin Pray turned it into a 2-pt. conversion that gave the Commodores the 8-7 lead.
The Eagles put together back-to-back scores in the second period, giving them the 20-8 advantage. Both scores came on runs, the first a 15-yard run, and the second a 7-yard scamper.
The final touchdown of the half belonged to the Commodores. Darryl Beatty took a handoff 73 yards for the score. The extra-point drew Perry Central to 15-20 going into the break.
The only score of the third period belonged to Perry Central. Kyle Huff threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jay White, and followed that with a conversion pass to Matt Robinson. The score gave the Commodores the 23-20 lead.
Perry Central opened the fourth quarter with a touchdown. Matt Robinson ran through the middle of the Johnson Central defense for 29-yards and a touchdown. The Commodores missed the extra point, setting the score at 29-20 lead.
On their next possession, Johnson Central was able to get their first score of the half. The Eagles capped off a long drive with a 3-yard run. The extra-point tightened the score at 29-27.
The Commodores were not able to capitalize on their next possession, but were able to get the ball back on a Kyle Huff interception. Bryan Rankin ended the drive with a 25-yard run, but had it called back. On the ensuing handoff, Rankin repeated the feat from 35 yards out. Again, Perry Central missed the extra point, setting the score at 35-27.
Neither team scored down the stretch, and Perry Central came away with the 35-27 win on the road.
Perry Central stats
Offense: rushing: Kegan Robinson 7 carries for 32 yards, Darryl Beatty 1 carry for 73 yards and 1 TD, Bryan Rankin 5 carries for 58 yards and 1 TD, Matt Robinson 1 carry for 29 yards and 1 TD, Austin Pray 1 carry for 3 yards (2 pt.). Passing: Kyle Huff 12 of 22 for 232 yards and 2 Tds and Darryl Beatty 1 for 3 yards (2 pt). Receiving: Austin Pray 4 catches for 45 yards, Jay White 3 catches for 53 yards, Darryl Beatty 4 catches for 133 yards and 1 TD, Kegan Robinson 1 catch for 32 yards, and Matt Robinson 1 catch for 3 yard (2 pt.). Defense: Matt Robinson 20 tackles, Devin Turner 4 tackles, John Sizemore 11 tackles, Bryan Rankin 8 tackles, Cody Hollan 9 tackles, Jay White 4 tackles, Darryl Beatty 5 tackles, Devan Brewer 5 tackles, Jared Deaton 5 tackles and 1 sack, Justin Cornett 1 tackle, Kyle Huff 1 tackle and 2 interceptions, Cody Brewer 1 tackle, Austin Pray 2 tackles and Daniel Messer 3 tackles.