Greene County used a series of Perry miscues to seize a 20-0 halftime lead, then held on to score a 26-14 victory Friday in a frosh/soph grid contest at Dewey Field.
Two Greene County scoring drives in the first half were kept alive, Perry coach Shannon Cline said, by “sloppy play and personal foul” penalties. The Rams also scored on a short five-yard drive after a Perry was guilty of an errant snap while punting.
“We challenged our players to flush out the first half and play to the best of their ability in the second half,” Cline said. “What we are most proud of (as coaches) is the way our players responded in the second half. We tried a different approach to our offense, which seemed to work.”
Perry scored twice after the intermission and their guests once, generating the final score.
“We had a couple of kids who don’t normally play that much that got to play the whole second half on offense,” Cline stated. “Franciso Colin and Jose Guillen did an exceptional job of blocking.”
Keghan West finished 8-of-17 for 104 yards and two touchdowns passing the ball. He was intercepted once, when a would-be Perry touchdown slipped out of the hands of the Bluejay receiver and directly into the waiting arms of a Greene County defender.
Ever Tobar caught two passes for 50 yards and a TD, with Byron Melendrez pulling in a 23-yard scoring strike. Jacob Nelson had four receptions for 24 yards and Jerico Devilbiss hauled in one aerial for seven yards.
West ran eight times for 47 yards and had a two-point conversion run, with Jeb Stewart (4-37), Jacob Nelson (2-10) Konnor Eppert (1-0) also carrying the pigskin.
All statistics provided are without first quarter totals, as a filming error made the collection of stats from the opening 12 minutes of play unavailable.