The Perry County Central Commodores (4-5) finished off their 2013 football regular season on Friday with the Pike County Central Hawks (5-4). The game was a wild ride as both teams took turns dominating. The final score belonged to the Commodores as they scored with two seconds on the clock to secure the 34-31 win.
Perry Central got on the board first. After an 11-play drive, Seth Napier concluded the drive with a nine-yard run. The Commodores missed the conversion, giving them the 6-0 lead.
Pike County Central would answer in a big way. The remainder of the scoring in the half would belong to the Hawks. Pike Central went into the break leading 18-6.
Things would get worse for the Commodores after the break. After just two plays, the Hawks would put another score on the board, pushing their lead to 24-6.
As the third period came to a close, the Commodores began to pick up the pace. Seth Napier hit Tyler Fugate on an 18-yard pass that ended in the end zone. Devan Brewer leaped over the Pike Central line for the conversion (14-24).
The Hawks looked to erase the score, but just as they reached the end zone Nathan Pray out jumped the receiver for the interception. Pray then ended the drive with a 30-yard run. The conversion was fumbled in the end zone and picked up by Joey Sams, setting the score at 24-22.
The Commodores’ next drive looked as if it would stall short of the end zone, but a scrambling pass from Seth Napier on fourth down found Pray in the back of the end zone, giving Perry Central the lead (28-24).
Pike Central refused to go away. With just over a minute left in the game, the Hawks picked up a touchdown, taking the 31-28 lead.
Perry Central had 1:13 to pull off the comeback. The Commodores managed the clock well, moving 67-yards on seven plays. With two seconds remaining, Pray avoided several tackles and launched a 15-yard pass into the end zone. John Toomer alertly went up and brought the ball down for the winning score (34-31).
The win evened the Commodores’ regular season record at 5-5. Perry Central will host North Laurel in the first round of the playoffs.
Perry Central stats: Rushing: Devan Brewer 27 carries for 184 yards, Seth Napier 6 carries for 17 yards and 1 td, Tyler Fugate 6 carries for 35 yardsa and Nathan Pray 10 carries for 64 yards and 1 td. Passing: Seth Napier 12 of 23 for 126 ayrds and 2 tds, and Nathan Pray 2 of 2 for 16 yards and 1 td. Receiving: Devan Brewera 1 catch for 6 yards, Tyler Fugate 4 catches for 27 yards and 1 td, Seth Napier 1 catch for 1 yard, Nathan Pray 4 catches for 68 yards and 1 td, and John Toomer 4 catches for 40 yards and 1 td. Interceptions: Nathan Pray 2. Fumble Recoveries: Joey Sams 1. Tackles: Devan Brewer 1, Justin Caldwell 1, Brandon Campbell 5, Jordan Combs 5, Kyle Cornett 1, Tyler Eldridge 2, Tyler Fugate 3, Josh Garry 8, Rickey Gibson 10, Nathan Pray 6, Joey Sams 3, Harvey Sebastian 6, Michael Shepherd 6, Asustin Smith 1, Koty Taylor 9 and John Toomer 1.