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By MIKE SPRAGUE
LEOPOLD—Big plays helped Perry Central beat Wood Memorial 40-6 in football Friday.
On Wood Memorial’s first possession, the Commodores forced the Trojans into a punting situation at their own 28-yard line.
The snap went over punter Collin Robinson’s head and rolled to the goal line. He picked up the loose ball and tried to run it but was tackled at the Trojan 11-yard line.
It took Perry Central three plays to score. Austin LeClere rushed around the right side for a 6-yard touchdown.
Wood Memorial scored its only touchdown of the game in the second quarter on a blown pass coverage by Perry Central. Nick Casey threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot-5 tight end Conner Sevier.
The extra-point kick attempt was blocked by Commodore Austin Benjamin, so Perry Central led 7-6 with 9:25 left in the first half.
On its next play from scrimmage, Perry Central’s Lane Lynch passed to Devin Martin for a 63-yard touchdown.
Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson said, “They were trying to sneak a safety down in the box to take away the run. We have to be able to go over the top. It was a backside post.
“Lane did a good job of holding the safety with his eyes. Devin was wide open.”
Martin scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter. One came on a 21-yard pass from Lynch and the other on a 56-yard run on a counter play.
Martin had 104 yards on three touches in the second quarter.
His last touchdown in the made the score 26-6 with 1:20 left in the first half.
LeClere scored twice in the second half on runs of 32 and 47 yards.
For the game he carried 21 times for 143 yards and three touchdowns.
The Commodores won despite the fact “we had a lot of people playing out of position,” said Gibson. Fullback Nathan Shaw missed his second consecutive game with an injury and Jacob Braun sat out with a concussion. Dacota Schaad was slowed by strep throat and switched from free safety to cornerback.
Wood Memorial was held to 68 yards rushing on 35 carries. Sam Trader led the Trojans with 68 yards on 25 carries. The rest of the team gained zero net yards in 10 carries.
“Our front four got after it,” said Gibson.
Perry Central forced three turnovers in the game. Schaad made an interception and Nick Coultas and Josh Taylor each recovered a fumble.
The Commodore pass defense held Wood Memorial to four completions on 13 attempts for 47 yards
For Perry Central Lynch completed 7 of 9 passes for 193 yards.
Perry Central improved to 4-2. Wood Memorial fell to 0-6.
The Commodores will host West Washington Friday at 6:30 p.m.