The Perry County Central Commodores hosted the always though Johnson Central Golden Eagles on Friday. The Commodores dug themselves a hole early but managed to get back in the game, though they were unable to pull off the win.
Johnson Central put the first two touchdowns on the board, taking the 16-0 lead. Perry Central’s first score came with 1:12 in the first period when Austin Pray broke through the line for the one-yard score. The touchdown was set up by a 16-yard grab by Tyler Fugate, and a 26-yard catch by Darryl Beatty. (6-16).
The two teams traded touchdowns in the second period. The Eagles scored first, giving them the 22-6 lead. Austin Pray then scored his second touchdown of the night on a six-yard run. Dylan Wooton added the extra point for to bring the Commodores to within nine at 13-22.
The Commodores and Eagles traded touchdowns again to start the third quarter. Perry Central’s came when Darryl Beatty took the handoff, and quickly tossed it down field to Tyler Fugate for the 16-yard touchdown (Pray threw the conversion to Devan Brewer) to bring the tally to 21-28.
The Eagles closed out the third period with a touchdown, but again failed with the conversion. Going into the final frame, Johnson Central held the 36-21 lead.
Perry Central went to work as the fourth quarter began, scoring twice to tie the score at 36. On the first drive, Austin Pray hit Tyler Fugate on a route that covered 45 yards and put the Commodores in the red zone. Pray then finished off the drive with an 18-yard pass to Kegan Robinson. The conversion went from Austin Pray to Nathan Pray.
The second score went a little quicker as Austin Pray hit Darryl Beatty on a pattern that went for an 86-yard touchdown. Dylan Wooton added the tying extra point.
Unfortunately, the Commodores left enough time on the clock for the Eagles to push the ball into the end zone. Perry Central could not drive the length of the field in the minute left, and fell by the final of 44-36.
Perry Central stats: Rushing: Darryl Beatty 3 for 2, Devan Brewer 2 for 0, Austin Pray 17 for 115 and 2 TDS, Nathan Pray 1 for 2, and Kegan Robinson 10 for 35. Passing: Darryl Beatty 1 of 2 for 18 yards and 1 TD and Austin Pray 13 of 26 for 236 yards and 2 Tds. Receiving: Darryl Beatty 7 for 148 and 1 TD, Devan Brewer 1 for 3, Tyler Fugate 3 for 75 and 1 TD, Robert McClain 1 for 5, Nathan Pray 1 for 3 and Kegan Robinson 1 for 18 and 1 TD. Defense: Interceptions: Kegan Robinson 1. Tackles: Darryl Beatty 9, Devan Brewer 11, Tyler Fugate 6, Josh Garry 12, Tyler Lawson 2, Derrick Luttrell 2, Robert McClain 3, Daniel Messer 6, Seth Napier 1, Austin Pray 11, Nathan Pray 12, Kegan Robinson 15, Harvey Sebastian 5, Michael Shepherd 1 and Cody Taylor 11.