In what was expected to be their biggest challenge yet, the Perry Central Commodores picked up a 41-14 victory over the Clay County Tigers last week.
The game opened up with Perry Central on the receiving end of the kickoff and it didn’t take long until the Commodores were able to make it onto the scoreboard. Perry’s Cade Miller was able to score the first touchdown of the night with 10:10 left in the first quarter.
On the season, Miller has six catches for 120 yards and two TDs. Miller also came up with an interception he returned 60 yards for a TD on the defensive side.
With the score 7-0, Perry Central was able to regain control of the ball shortly after. Commodore quarterback Cameron Brown found Cameron Fugate for a huge pass play putting the Commodores in striking distance.
The Commodores then handed the ball off to Mason Rice, who rushed for the team’s second TD of the night. The score made it 13-0 after an unsuccessful extra-point attempt with 3:32 left in the opening quarter.
Clay County took control of the ball after that, but turned the ball over on downs.
Brown found Fugate once again. Fugate made his way into the end zone to push the lead to 20-0 game after a successful extra-point with 8:50 left in the half.
Jayden Neace forced a fumble which the Commodores were able to recover, but Brown’s luck with the ball would begin to fail as he threw his first of three interceptions for the night.
Clay County was then able to turn that misfortune into a big gain rushing the ball for its first TD of the night getting on the board 20-6 with 4:26 left in the half.
Jayden Neace would then show why he is one of Perry Central’s most valuable assets as he almost immediately was able to score a rushing TD for the Commodores. The score put Perry Central up 28-6 after a successful two-point conversion.
Clay County then took to the air as a receiver was able to break free deep from the defense, allowing them to score making it 28-14 after a successful two-point conversion with 2:25 left in the half. That would be Clay County’s last time on the board for the night.
The Commodores would take to the air once again towards the close of the half with a successful pass to Prestons Mullins putting the team on the 35-yard line.
But Cameron Brown would throw another interception which Clay returned near the 50 yard line at the close of the half.
Clay took back over after the game returned and Neace would pick the ball for an interception in the third quarter with 7:48 left.
Along with that interception, Neace managed five tackles for the night and rushed the ball for 221 yards in 21 attempts.
With the ball back in their control, Brown would then break free for a 32-yard rush moving the Commodores further upfield and allowing Neace to once again rush the ball up the middle for a TD, making it 34-14 after a successful two-point conversion with 5:51 left in the third.
Neace would rush one more TD in the fourth, making the final score of the game 40-14.
This saw Perry Central take to the air more than they have in the past, showing more trust in Cameron Brown who threw for 256 yards.
Perry Central has two weeks to rest up for their next challenge. The Commodores are on their bye week this week. Perry Central will host Letcher Central at home Friday, September 21. Kickoff for that game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.