Clarke improved to 3-0 and dropped host Perry to 0-3 with a 54-0 win at Dewey Field Friday, dampening any Homecoming celebration for the Bluejays.
The Indians have now posted three wins in four of the last 14 seasons but have yet to win more in a single year. They will play Clarinda Friday while Perry travels to winless Des Moines Hoover (0-3).
“We thought this was going to be a good, close game,” Perry head coach Bryce Pierce said. “I did think we played well early, though. We played hard and we were physical, but we just let up on a few big plays that kind of knocked the wind out of our sails.”
Clarke led, 6-0, after one quarter thanks to a 13 yard scoring pass from Kamis Bulis to Cole White.
Fullback KJ Fry consisting found running room on dive plays through the middle of the Perry defense in the second quarter. He scored on a five-yard run for a 12-0 Indian lead, with an 11-yard Dale Showers run pushing the margin to 18-0. Fry added a one-yard plunge, with a two-point conversion giving Clarke a 26-0 advantage at halftime.
A 13-yard touchdown run from Ryan Phillips and a second ground burst from Showers pushed the score to 40-0 entering the quarter.
Quarterback Garrett Diehl connected with hit Jesus Vega for 44-yard TD and with Josue Torres for a 31-yard TD to complete the scoring.
“We are improving as a program and are doing things better than we did a year ago,” Pierce insisted. “Those things are not showing up on the scoreboard yet, but I believe they will soon.”
Caden Heck was 4-of-8 passing for 24 yards, with Christian Garrido missing on his one attempt. Juan Hernandez caught three passes for 20 yards and Gavin Hegstrom one for four yards.
Perry ran for 61 total yards on 31 carries. Jeremiah Cregeen (12-26) and Cayden Widen (11-21) led the way, with Garrido (4-9), Hernandez (4-4) and Heck (2-1) also carrying the ball.
Oscar Guiterrez had 4.5 tackles to lead the Bluejay defense, with Brayan Garcia and Abraham Ruiz each making four stops. Hegstrom, Cregeen, and Garrido had three stops apiece, with Keegan Snyder recording a quarterback sack.
Diehl was 3-of-5 for 67 yards and two TDs passing for Clarke, with Jack Cooley 2-for-4 for 42 yards while Bulis was 1-of-1 for 31 yards and a stroke.
Clarke gained 288 yards on 36 rushes while scoring five times on the ground. Showers (11-118, 2 TDs), Fry (9-72, 2 TDs), and Phillips (4-14, 1 TD) were the leaders.
“We have another game this week that will test our progress and we are excited to see what kind of competitive drive our guys bring to the table,” Pierce said.