Indianola stifles Perry in district action

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Perry players celebrate a Homecoming win over DM Hoover. Photo courtesy Cindy Rivera.

A ranked Indianola team had little trouble in handling Perry at Dewey Field Friday, outgaining their hosts by more than 350 yards en route to a 49-0 victory.

Rated seventh in one 4A poll and eight in another, the Indians (4-1, 1-0) took full advantage of multiple poor efforts from the Perry punting team in the first half to score repeatedly off shortened fields.

Perry (1-4, 0-1) struggled on offense to move the ball more than a few yards on each of their first several possessions, and time and again hurried punts went less than 30 yards, leaving the Indians to take over on the Bluejay side of the field. One punt went for a loss of six yards and two others for just 12 and 16 yards apiece, respectively.

The guests cashed in with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Bennett Brueck to Charlie Wilmott midway through the first quarter, with Drew Kingery hauling in a 17-yard TD aerial moments later for a 14-0 Indianola lead.

Perry’s deficit stood at 28-0 at the half after a 12-yard Matt Edgington TD burst and a 25 yard Will Shivers catch of a Breuck pass.

Edgington ran through and around a disinterested Perry defense for a 54-yard score early in the third period. From that point the Indians played as many reserves as possible and kept the play calling as basic as possible, two areas that some earlier opponents had avoided.

Jake Pontier scored from 37 yards away to put the score at 42-0 after three quarters, with a 41-yard Ethan McDonald burst in the fourth quarter capped the scoring.

Poor angles, arm tackling and an tired defense plagued Perry after the intermission, as the Indian scores came on simple off-tackle runs that resulted in multiple missed and broken tackles.

Edgington finished with 123 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, with McDonald (5-92, 1 TD) Pontier (5-75, 1 TD) contributing as well.

Breuck finished 8-10-1 for 96 yards and three scores, with Aidan Keller connecting on all seven of his PAT tries.

Geren Kenney connected on 3-of-9 passes while being intercepted twice. Holden Smith caught all three aerials totaling seven yards.

Juan Hernandez led the Bluejay rushers with 35 yards on 13 carries.

Kevin Killmer and Hernandez both had seven tackles to pace the Perry defense, with Hernandez also intercepting a pass.

Perry faces another top-10 team in host Bondurant-Farrar Friday. The Bluejays are 4-1 overall and 0-1 in Class 4A District 5 action after suffering a 36-20 loss at Carlisle Sept. 23.

B-F, a 62-7 winner over Perry last year, boasts one of the top players in 4A in tailback Titus Gram, a 6-1 205-pound junior. Gram has started since midway into his freshman season and has 1,692 career yards and 39 TDs on 365 runs. He has 10 TDs and 875 yards on 112 hauls this season.

Kick off in Bondurant is at 7:30 pm.

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