Commodores run past Corydon 14-0

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By Larry Goffinet

LEOPOLD—Perry Central got its ball-control running game going in the second half to defeat Corydon 14-0 in football Friday.

The Commodores had some good runs in their scoreless first half, including a 17-yard gain by T.J. Hall on their first possession.

But they fumbled on the next play, and Corydon recovered it.

Perry Central had another first-half drive stalled by two consecutive holding penalties caused by “maybe trying a little bit too hard,” said Perry Central Coach Mike Spencer.

“It being the first game was part of” the reason for the Commodores’ early problems on offense, Spencer added. “I thought we might be able to get a little more yardage, but part of that was our blocking wasn’t as crisp as we wanted in the first half.

“The second thing was they did a pretty good job on the perimeter. And we actually had some nice passes to open receivers that were dropped.

“The second half we went to a double-tight (end offense) and went with a T so we could create some confusion as to where the ball was coming from.”

It seemed to work, as the Commodores started that half with a 12-play scoring drive. Dakota Huff carried the ball the final 5 yards for the touchdown.

They were unable to score the extra point after a false-start penalty and a bad snap.

They did score again on their next possession, though.

It was again mostly running plays, though it included a 32-yard pass from Dee Jay Shaw to T.J. Hall.

Wilkerson scored the touchdown on a 2-yard run. He scored two extra points on a pass from Shaw to give the Commodores a 14-0 lead with 7:59 left in the game.

Corydon completed three short passes on its next possession but gained only one first down before Perry Central took over on downs and ran out the clock.

Spencer thought Perry Central’s pass defense was “pretty good” on the Panthers’ receivers.

But the Commodores were never able to sack or really pressure Corydon quarterback Dylan Harl because “we were playing around with their offensive line too much, pushing and shoving instead of just trying to get around them,” said Spencer.

Perry Central finished with 222 yards rushing. Hall gained 123 yards on 21 carries, Wilkerson 67 yards on 15 carries, and Huff 42 yards on nine carries.

The Commodores completed only 3 of 8 passes for 44 yards. But Spencer said he thought quarterbacks Shaw and Huff “both did a really good job.

“Dee Jay threw a couple of nice passes that we just dropped—we’ll catch those later. And I thought Dakota did a really good job with the things we asked him to do. He also did a nice job when we put him at running back.”

Perry Central, 1-0, will visit South Decatur Saturday at 4 p.m.