BOONE — While it is true that numbers do not always tell the story of a sporting event, such cases are fairly rare, and Friday’s Class 3A District 2 tilt between Perry and No. 10 Boone was not one of those instances.
Almost every number points to an overwhelming performance by the host Toreadors (4-0, 2-0), who simply wore down a tiring Bluejay defense for a 41-7 victory.
Boone passed for 189 yards and ran for 294 yards while holding Perry (1-3, 0-2) to just 38 yards in the air and only 25 — on 26 carries — on the ground. Perry snapped the ball from the line of scrimmage only three times in the first quarter but still managed to end the frame with a 7-6.
By the end of the game the stymied Bluejay offense had run only 39 plays while Boone ran 81, wearing out an undersized Perry defense which — with the offense going nowhere — was simply on the field far too often.
Boone had taken a quick 6-0 lead, but Reece Dunlap returned the following kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. German Alvarenga’s PAT kick gave Perry a 7-6 lead.
The hosts found pay dirt twice more in the first half to enter the intermission with a 20-7 lead. Perry was unable to make any headway with the ball in the second half, allowing the hosts to slowly open the final margin.
Mason Hulse was 11-of-22 in the air for 189 yards, with John Imerman catching a 35-yard TD while Norbert Riyazimana had two catches for 32 yards, including a 33-yard score. Tyler Casotti led the receiving corps with four grabs for 73 yards.
Hulse ran 24 tiems for 140 yards and a score, with Riyazimana (25-100, 1 TD) and Jake Lewis (8-48, 1 TD) also key parts of the attack.
The defense made seven tackles for loss, fell on one fumble and received two interceptions by Quali Sporaa. He returned the first for 12 yards and the second for a 35-yard TD.
Perry quarterback Alexis Garrido finished 5-13-2 for 38 yards, with Brandon Kenyon grabbing four aerials for 32 yards and Dunlap one for six yards.
Dunlap (6-23), Donald Chavez (11-10), Garrido (8-3) and Mana Martinez (1 for minus-6) carried the pigskin for the guests.
Ethan McFarland recovered a fumble for the Bluejays, with punter German Alvarenga sending one of his four efforts 76 yards.
Perry will host No. 5 DC-G (4-0, 2-0) for Homecoming Friday at 7:30 p.m.