The Perry County Central Commodores traveled to Somerset Friday to take on the Briar Jumpers. The Commodores fell behind early, and struggled all night trying to catch up.
By the time the contest reached midway of the second period, the Commodores were trailing 21-0. Late in the second period, Perry Central was able to break the ice. On a double-reverse pass, Nathan Pray hit Austin Pray. Austin broke several tackles to pull to rest a 28-yard scoring play (21-6).
Perry Central chipped another touchdown off the deficit early in the third period. Austin Burkhead recovered the onside kick to start the half, and 10 plays later the Commodores were in the end zone. Austin Pray ran the ball in from one yard out, and then tossed the conversion to Nathan Pray (21-14).
The next score came with 1:11 remaining in the game, but unfortunately, belonged to Somerset. The Briar Jumpers scored on a one-yard run to bring the tally to 28-14.
The Commodores closed out the game with a three-play drive. Tyler Fugate hauled in an eight-yard pass. The play was set up by a 27-yard pass to Darry Beatty and a 20-yard pass to Nathan Pray. The extra point was blocked, setting the final score at 28-20.
Perry Central stats: Rushing: Devan Brewer 3 for 18 yards, Austin Pray 19 for 87 yards and 1 td, and Nathan Pray 5 for 16 yards. Passing: Seth Napier 2 of 2 for 26 yards, Nathan Pray 1 for 1 for 28 yards and 1 td, and Austin Pray 16 of 31 for 176 yards and 1 td. Receiving: Darryl Beatty 6 for 72 yards, Tyler Fugate 2 for 16 yards and 1 td, Josh Garry 2 for 29 yards, Austin Pray 2 for 45 yards and 1 td, Nathan Pray 6 for 70 yards. Interceptions: Darry Beatty 1. Tackles: Darien Bauer 2, Darryl Beatty 5, Devan Brewer 1, Tyler Fugate 1, Josh Garry 6, Rickey Gibson 3, Tyler Lawson 1, Derrick Luttrell 4, Robert McClain 9, Daniel Messer 8, Seth Napier 5, Austin Pray 5, Nathan Pray 5, Joey Sams 9, Harvey Sebastian 3, Michael Shepherd 9 and Cody Taylor 1.