The Commodores took to the field with one of the area's most experienced lineups, but they were facing a couple of unknowns. They would start the season with a new coach, and a new quarterback.
The game didn't start well for Perry Central as their first couple of possessions ended in a turnover, each of which set Casey County up with good field position. The Rebels eventually turned a turnover into a score as Will Hatter kept the ball on a 2-yard run. Alex Bolin kicked the extra point for the 7-0 lead.
The Commodores began to put things together in the second period as they went to the air early. Darryl Beatty hauled in the first bomb from Kyle Huff for a 76-yard touchdown play. Brandon Porter tied the game with the extra point.
Perry Central's next possession resulted in points as well. James White hauled in a short pass from Kyle Huff and rambled 44 yards through the Rebel defense for the touchdown. Again, Porter added the extra point, giving the Commodores the 14-7 lead going into the break.
The Commodores' inability to hold onto the ball reappeared in the second half. A couple of untimely fumbles led to a pair of Casey County touchdowns. The first came after a muffed punt, and a penalty set the Rebels on the 6-yard line. Casey finished it off with a pass from Hatter to James Burton.
Casey County's next touchdown came after another Perry Central turnover. This time the Rebels kept the ball on the ground, driving the field and finishing with a 5-yard run by Corey Roy. The score gave the Rebels a 21-14 lead.
With time running out on the Commodores, their defense stepped up on a couple of occasions, giving the offense an opportunity to put the game away. Perry Central caught a break when Casey County couldn't handle a snap and it went through the end zone for a touchback (21-16).
The Commodores fumbled the free kick, but the defense stymied the Rebels to get the ball back. Bryan Rankin finished off a final drive with a 10-yard run, but the two-point Conversion failed, setting the score at 22-21.
The defense finished off the game with a four play series, while the offense took a knee for the win. The 22-21 win gave Coach Justin Haddix his first win as a head coach.
Perry Central stats
Passing: Kyle Huff: 4 of 11 for 131 yards and 2 Tds. Rushing: Bryan Rankin: 13 carries for 100 yards and 1 TD, Austin Pray: 1 carry for 8 yards, John Sizemore 1 carry for 2 yards, Devin Turner: 1 carry for -3 yards, and Kyle Huff: 2 carries for -17 yards. Receiving: Darryl Beatty: 2 catches for 85 yards and 1 TD, James White 1 catch for 44 yards and 1 TD and Jeff Smith 1 catch for 2 yards. Defense: Matt Robinson 28 tackles, Devin Turner 11 tackles, John Deaton 8 tackles, Kegan Robinson 6 tackles, Bryan Rankin 5 tackles, Jared Deaton 6 tackles, Paul Hughes 4 tackles, Darryl Beatty 1 tackle, Jacob Tucker 4 tackles and 1 fumble recovery, Austin Burkhead 1 tackle, Jon Begley 1 tackle, Tim Combs 3 tackles, Kyle Crawford 2 tackles, Eric Miller 4 tackles, Austin Pray 1 tackle and 1 fumble recovery, Alex Sizemore 7 tackles, Axl Sizemore 3 tackles, John Sizemore 4 tackles, and Mitch Smith 3 tackles and 1 fumble recovery.