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By LARRY GOFFINET
FRENCH LICK—Austin LeClere scored touchdowns three different ways and three other Commodores also scored in a 55-12 PLAC football rout of Springs Valley Friday.
LeClere carried the football only 10 times—all in the first half—but scored touchdowns on three of them, including a 46-yard run.
He also scored on a 21-yard pass from Lane Lynch and on an 83-yard kickoff return. And he kicked seven extra points.
Thus he scored 37 points, breaking the school record for most points in a game of 36 set by Aaron James in 1999 and tied by Dwight Brown in 2004.
LeClere rushed for a game-high 110 yards. The Commodores rushed for 282 yards on 30 carries (including taking a knee once) and held Springs Valley to 122 yards on 48 carries.
Lynch also threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Dacota Schaad with 8:52 left in the third quarter.
Lynch completed 5 of 6 passes for 60 yards.
He also carried the ball twice, including 43 yards for the Commodores’ final touchdown.
Wingback Devin Martin scored the Commodores’ other touchdown on a 12-yard run in the first quarter.
Jacob Braun did not score but carried the ball five times for 65 yards, second to LeClere.
LeClere, Braun, Lynch, Martin and Nathan Shaw each averaged at least 9.5 yards per carry.
“We thought on tape we had a little more quickness (than the Blackhawks),” said Perry Central Coach Greg Gibson. “And we had a great week of practice.”
The Commodores’ speed also helped them stop Springs Valley runners “outside of their first drive,” said Gibson.
“On the first drive we had a little trouble with containment. But we switched from a five front to a four front and did better after that. We’re a pretty physical team the last few weeks.”
The Commodores also did a pretty good job containing the Blackhawks’ passing game.
They completed only 5 of 13 passes for 56 yards, and Tim Harrison intercepted one.
But one of their passes went for a 15-yard touchdown in the first quarter, when the game was still on the line. And the Commodores should have had at least two more interceptions but were unable to hang on to them.
“That’s a little bit of a drawback,” said Gibson. “All season long we’ve been in the right position—we just didn’t make the play.”
Perry Central improved to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the PLAC, clinching at least a tie for the conference crown.
Springs Valley fell to 1-7 overall, 1-4 in the conference.
Perry Central will host Mitchell Friday at 7 p.m.