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By MIKE SPRAGUE
FERDINAND—Perry Central’s big plays blew open the game as the Commodores beat Forest Park 33-13 in football Friday.
Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson said, “We thought coming into the season that we had a fairly explosive team. Our balance was good tonight. We were able to throw over the top a little bit and open up (Austin) LeClere a little bit.”
Perry Central scored on its opening possession. Starting at the Ranger 41 after an 18-yard Forest Park punt, LeClere rushed for 3 yards. On the next play, quarterback Lane Lynch completed a 38-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dillon Hubert.
Forest Park answered on its next possession. The Rangers’ drive started at their 33. Nine plays later Dakota Begle kicked a 29-yard field goal.
Perry Central blew the game open in the second quarter, scoring 20 unanswered points.
LeClere ran around the right side for a 73-yard touchdown. On the Commodores’ next possession he made a 43-yard touchdown run, starting right and cutting back to the left.
“On LeClere’s two long runs we asked the offensive line to cover people up,” said Gibson. “Shaw, LeClere and Martin are shifty. They have good vision.”
LeClere rushed 15 times for 180 yards. Perry Central rushed 40 times for 286 yards.
Forest Park’s Josh Voegerl carried 16 times for 77 yards. The Rangers gained 168 yards on 38 carries.
Perry Central’s third scoring drive of the second quarter included 1 29-yard pass from Lynch to Hubert and three plays later a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dacota Schaad. Schaad had to reach over a Forest Park defender to make the catch and then outran the defense.
Starting the third quarter Perry Central had a long sustained drive after taking the kickoff to its 28.
Perry Central had five carries for gains of 4 to 6 yards rand two long runs of 16 yards by Devin Martin and Nathan Shaw on back-to-back plays.
On the 15th play of the drive, Shaw ran up the middle for a 1-yard touchdown ,extending the Commodores’ lead to 33-3.
For the game Lynch completed six of eight passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Schaad caught two passes for 56 yards and Hubert caught two for 50 yards.
Forest Park scored 10 points in the fourth quarter on a 40-yard field goal by Begle and a Voegerl 5-yard touchdown run. The touchdown came against Perry Central’s reserves with 2:04 left in the game.
Jacob Braun and Kane James each made six tackles to lead Perry Central’s defense.
Perry Central improved to 1-1 while Forest Park dropped to 0-2.
The Commodores will travel to Crawford County for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff Friday.