Perry hosted one of the better teams in Class 4A Friday with Norwalk visiting Dewey Field for a District 5 contest.
Rated fourth, the Warriors (6-1, 3-0) scored four touchdowns in the first nine minutes to open a 28-0 lead en route to a 42-0 victory.
The game was played under adjusted conditions due to injuries that have limited the available pool of varsity-ready players for Perry (0-7, 0-3). The first quarter was played at the regulation 12 minutes, with the final three quarters limited to eight minutes apiece.
Norwalk was aided by four fumble recoveries, one of which was returned 23 yards for a touchdown. The guests scored once in the second quarter and once in the fourth to account for the remainder of the scoring.
“It was another good night of our kids playing hard against a quality opponent,” Perry head coach Bryce Pierce said. “Early in the game our defense knocked down some passes by dropping into their zones correctly, something we emphasized in practice this week. We’ve struggled with our zone drops this year so to see our kids execute them correctly and be coachable throughout the week was very promising.”
Caden Heck completed 4-of-10 passes for 21 yards. Holden Smith had three catches for 17 yards and Cruz Calderon one for four yards.
Abe Ruiz ran eight times for 21 yards, with Jeremiah Cregeen gaining 13 yards on seven rushes. Logan Haynes carried 10 times for a loss of six yards, with Heck rushing once for no gain.
Ruiz led the Bluejay defense with 4-1/2 tackles, with Emmanuel Soto making four stops and while also returning an interception eight yards.
“We were a little inconsistent on offense and we have to eliminate the turnovers, but it was nice to open some holes in the run game and break off some runs to extend drives,” Pierce said. “Moving forward we have to have a great week of preparation to get ready for Boone, but I know our kids are excited.”