The Perry County Central Commodores hosted the Letcher Central Cougars Thursday in a district football match-up. The Commodores got off to a slow start, but quickly picked up the pace as they raced to the 41-22 win.
The game went back and forth in the first quarter with neither team being able to find the end zone. Late in the period, Austin Pray found Darryl Beatty in the flat with a pass, and Beatty raced 85 yards to the end zone. Pray then threw the conversion to Nathan Pray for the 8-0 lead.
The Commodores would shine in the second period as they exploded for four touchdowns in the period. Darryl Beatty tacked on the second score as well. Beatty was able to take a pass 25 yards to pay dirt (14-0).
The next touchdown was scored by the defense as Nathan Pray stepped in front of a Letcher Central pass, running untouched to the end zone (21-0).
On the next drive, Perry Central looked to be struggling when they pulled a rabbit out of their hat. The Commodores went to the halfback pass, and Darryl Beatty hit Tyler Fugate along the sideline. Fugate broke the sure tackle and walked into the end zone (28-0).
Perry Central finished off the half with another score as Darryl Beatty pulled in his third touchdown of the night. This time the play covered 16 yards. The Commodores went into the locker room with the 35-0 lead.
Letcher took control in the third period, and scored the only touchdown of the frame. The Cougars hit on a 49-yard pass play (35-6).
Early in the fourth quarter, the Cougars struck again. This time on a seven-yard pass (35-14).
Perry Central’s final touchdown came after a strong drive. Nathan Pray ran around the end for a four-yard touchdown (41-14).
With time running out, Letcher Central picked up one final touchdown. The Cougars picked up a fumble and ran 79 yards for the score. The game ended with Perry Central taking the 41-22 win.
Perry Central stats: Rushing: Seth Napier 3 for 6 yards, Austin Pray 8 for 44 yards, Nathan Pray 14 for 74 yards and 1 td, Kegan Robinson 5 for 49 yards. Passing: Darryl Beatty 1 of 2 for 34 yards and 1 td, and Austin Pray 17 of 30 for 306 yards and 3 td. Receiving: Darryl Beatty 8 for 187 yards and 3 tds, Tyler Fugate 4 for 71 yards and 1 td, Robert McClain 1 for 17 yards, Nathan Pray 4 for 56 yards and Kegan Robinson 1 for 9 yards. Interceptions: Tyler Fugate 1, Daniel Messer 1, Austin Pray 1 and Nathan Pray 2 and 1 td. Fumble Recoveries: Darryl Beatty 1. Tackles: Darien Bauer 6, Darryl Beatty 3, Austin Burkhead 1, Kyle Cornett 1, Tyler Fugate 4, Josh Garry 5, Rickey Gibson 5, Nathan Hurt 2, Tyler Lawson 2, Derrick Luttrell 5, Robert McClain 5, Daniel Messer 4, Austin Pray 3, Nathan Pray 12, Kegan Robinson 6, Joey Sams 3, Harvey Sebastian 3, Michael Shepherd 6 and Cody Taylor 7.