Tiger ground game chews up host Bluejays

The Bluejays storm Dewey Field.

Carroll attempted just two passes at Dewey Field Friday, completing neither.

Perry tried six aerials, with Kato Dougan’s two-yard catch of a Jacob Nelson flip the only passing yards in the Class 3A District 2 meeting.

The difference was decided on the ground, where the Tigers (4-3, 3-0) ran wild, bulling their way to 417 yards and seven touchdowns on 38 carries while holding the Bluejays (0-7, 0-3) to only 73 yards on 39 rushes to claim a 49-0 victory.

Korey Nieland’s three-yard dive and the first of seven Elijah Lee PAT kicks gave the guests a 7-0 lead after one quarter, with the Carroll offense putting the game away over the next 12 minutes with four scores.

Ryan Johnston broke free for a 64-yard TD before crashing in from four yards out for a 21-0 Carroll lead. Tory Feldman’s 30-yard sprint made it 28-0, with a five-yard plunge from Johnston setting the halftime score at 35-0 and creating a continuous clock for the second half, the sixth time in seven games the Bluejays have trailed by at least 35 points after halftime.

Perry was forced to punt from nearly their own end zone early in the third quarter, with the Tigers returning the boot for a touchdown. A penalty on the play erased the score, but it mattered little as Brennon Kofron took the next snap from scrimmage, broke several tackles and ran 43 yards to pay dirt.

An 11-yard TD run from Caden Kock in the fourth quarter capped the scoring.

Johnston (30-149, 3 TDs) and Korey Nieland (41-103, 1 TD) led the ground assault, which saw 11 different Tigers carry the ball.

Nelson ran 13 times for 33 yards and Wilber Ramirez 18 times for 33 yards to lead Perry on the ground. Tucker Strough (3-13), Cori Alamina (1-15), Ever Tobar (1, minus-4) and Dougan (3, minus-17) also had carries for the Jays.

Perry travels to Boone (0-7, 0-3) Friday. The Toreadors have lost in district play to Humboldt (7-6), Carroll (55-13) and DC-G (30-6) and faced common foe ADM in non-district play, falling 31-0.

Boone (not including stats against DC-G) has passed for 875 yards and has rushed for just 198 yards on 148 carries while Perry has 170 passing yards and 331 ground yards in 170 rushes through seven games.


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