Perry shocks Rockcastle 40-24 on the road
by Tony McGuire
The Perry County Central Commodores traveled to Rockcastle County on Friday to take on the Rockets in high school football. The Commodores and the Rockets were at one time in the same district, and Perry Central had never defeated Rockcastle County.
Perry Central got on the board first, scoring the only touchdown of the first quarter. Austin Pray finished off a sustained drive with a 1-yard run (Wooton kick), giving the Commodores the 7-0 lead.
Rockcastle County picked up their first touchdown early in the second period. The Rockets hit the end zone with a 5-yard run by Damien McDaniel. They missed the extra point, setting the score at 7-6.
The Commodores dropped three touchdowns on the Rockets in the remainder of the half. Nathan Pray got Perry Central started with a 72-yard catch and run from Austin Pray (13-6). Austin Pray then finished off the Commodores’ next drive with a 5-yard run (20-6), and Tyler Fugate closed out the half by returning an interception 46 yards.
The Commodores went into the locker room with the 26-6 lead.
Perry Central and Rockcastle County traded touchdowns in the third period. The Rockets went first, scoring on a 1-yard run (26-12). The Commodores scored on one big play as Nathan Pray finished off a catch with a long run to tally 90 yards for the touchdown (Wooton kick), giving them the 33-12 lead.
Rockcastle County scored early in the fourth quarter, on a 4-yard pass (33-18), but quickly gave the score back. Perry Central’s Tyler Fugate pulled in a pass from 21 yards out (Wooton kick) to set the score at 40-18.
The Rockets finished off the game with a late touchdown, scoring on a 15-yard pass and bringing the count to 40-24. The score held as the final.
Perry Central evened their record at 3-3 with the win.
Perry Central stats: Rushing: Devan Brewer 5 for 10 yards, Austin Pray 15 for 86 yards and 2 Tds, and Kegan Robinson 12 for 103 yards. Passing: Austin Pray 7 of 11 for 236 yards and 3 Tds. Receiving: Tyler Fugate 3 for 48 yards and 1 TD and Nathan Pray 4 for 188 yards and 2 Tds. Interceptions: Tyler Fugate 1, resulted in TD. Tackles: Darien Bauer 4, Devan Brewer 7, Austin Burkhead 1, Tyler Fugate 4, Josh Garry 13, Rickey Gibson 2, Derrick Luttrell 2, Robert McClain 8, Daniel Messer 15, Seth Napier 3, Willie Oden 2, Austin Pray 4, Nathan Pray 9, Kegan Robinson 2, Joey Sams 6, Harvey Sebastian 3, Cody Tayler 7 and Ben Watts 1.
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